Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski believes world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has arrived to the Nitto ATP Finals extremely motivated to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles at the prestigious season-ending event. Djokovic, who tied the great Pete Sampras on the list with most year-end No.
1 finishes, skipped the Paris Masters after a shock Vienna quarterfinal defeat and he enters London well rested. Djokovic didn't appear to be too interested in his Vienna quarterfinal clash against Italian Lorenzo Sonego after previously clinching two wins at the event -- enough to secure the year-end No.
1 ranking. Federer, who owns 20 Grand Slam titles, also has six titles at the Nitto ATP Finals. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion and five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion, has made it clear several times he wants to break Federer's records.
"I think Novak Djokovic is going to want to re-establish and tie the record of six with Federer,” Rusedski told the PA news agency, as quoted on Yahoo News. "I think he is fresh now. His main goal was to get to number one – he did that.
He had that little dip in Vienna and didn’t play in Paris. “To get six year-end number ones is a phenomenal accomplishment, only Pete Sampras has done that. Pete’s accomplishment is still ahead of Novak’s because Pete did it six years in a row."
Djokovic hasn't won the ATP Finals since 2015
“But I think he is going to be motivated because he hasn’t won it in a long time and whether you like it or not these guys want records. Federer, Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal want to go down with the most slams, the most ATP Finals wins, the most Masters wins, that is what drives these three incredible legends of the game”.
Meanwhile, 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal enters the Nitto ATP Finals hoping to finally catch his maiden title at the tournament at the age of 34. Nadal has won pretty much everything in his career but his collection is lacking an ATP Finals title.
"I still think he can be dangerous but I think it will be a big ask for him to win and it will also depend what group he gets placed in,” Rusedski said of Nadal's London chances. “I think the court speed and the balls are just a little bit too quick and the other guys are playing better than him indoors. It is still a big ask to beat Nadal”.