Despite the bad defeat he suffered in the 2020 Roland Garros final, Serbian champion Novak Djokovic has a great chance to break the record for the most weeks spent at world number one Roger Federer, standing at 310. The Belgrade champion must only maintain the top of the ranking until next March, when overtaking will be sure.
To succeed in all this, Novak has decided to participate for the first time in thirteen years at the ATP 500 of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, starting from 26 October 2020.
The great chance of Novak Djokovic
Aware of his chances, the Serbian 17-times-Grand-Slam-winner told to Kurir tabloid: "I can break the record on 8 March.
If I can, I will dedicate it to my wife and mother. I'm still not sure I can do it because it depends on both Nadal and Thiem and how things will go from today until the end of the year, as well as at the next Australian Open, but I'm in a great position."
Djokovic is also in the running to match American Pete Sampras, to date the only player in the history of the sport capable of finishing the season six times at ATP number one. Nole has already announced not to take part in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy: despite his absence, the ranking will in fact remain frozen and Novak will not lose any points.
As for Rafael Nadal, the Majorcan will not participate in the round in Vienna, but should be present both in Paris and in London for the Finals, a tournament he has never managed to win. The 2019 edition of the Viennese Bank Open was won by the host Dominic Thiem, who won in the final 3-6 6-4 6-3 Diego Schwartzman.
Before the new US Open champion, the last Austrian player to win the tournament was Jurgen Melzer, in 2009 and 2010. Djokovic triumphed here in 2007 when he overtook the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the last game. The Serb is, in the Slam Race, in third position, with 17 Majors.
He is behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who lead with 20 Mjors. Rafa won his 20th Slam just against Novak in the final of the French Open 2020. Novak Djokovic could play also the Paris Rolex Masters, despite his presence in Paris-Bercy in still in doubt.
Nole then will play the ATP Finals 2020, the last edition which will be held in London: from the next season, in fact, the ATP Finals will move in Italy, in Turin, for a new beginning.