Novak Djokovic is not focused on necessarily ending the year as a world No. 1 or hold the Grand Slam titles record. The Serbian player said: "Everyone goes their way, I am not influenced by it. I always thought this way. I know Nadal has a similar mentality on it.
He does his best to beat his own records like I do. Of course Federer is the best for amount of Grand Slam titles. On the other side both Nadal and me have different paths than Roger's. We get along well on and off the court, there is a lot of respect.
The better player wins. I have many points to defend but I just want to be healthy, play, enjoy myself and maximize. How things will go in terms of results, that's not on my hands." Asked if he plans to add an additional tournament, maybe Vienna or Basel, between Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris, ATP Finals, Djokovic replied: "So far I will not.
In Asia, I have always played well. If everything goes as planned, then nope. We will see." On how it felt to retire at the US Open, Djokovic said: "Very frustrating. Obviously not the first, not the last player to get injured and to, you know, withdraw from one of the biggest events in sport."
Djokovic had a big elbow injury between 2016 and 2017, which forced him to stay away from the competition for more than five months in a row.