Novak Djokovic is ready for the 'big task' to get the fantastic number 1 end of the year
PARIS: Novak Djokovic he says he is ready for the great task of trying to win the ATP Tour the Finals in London and claim the world number one place at the end of the year for the sixth record time.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion sealed his fifth title of the Paris Masters on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov, but will be injured by the injured. Rafael Nadal on top of the rankings on Monday.
Nadal said he will fight until it is impossible to be fit for the start of the championships that end the season on November 10.
If the Spaniard does not play or does not win a round robin match in the Finals, Djokovic must claim two victories in the group stage and reach the final to pass it.
Djokovic would also be sure of the top-of-the-year ranking if he wins the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semifinals.
There's always a chance that I win all my matches in London, that I play well. I have done it in the past, and I like playing there, said the 32-year-old, who has won five ATP Finals titles.
But it is (an) extremely difficult task to consider who my opponents will be.
You are playing among the top 10 players in each match. So that's a great task on my part that I have to focus on.
And as a consequence, of course, if I manage to get the number one end of the year, it would be fantastic.
Djokovic is bidding to match Pete Sampras 'record of finishing six years as the best player in the world, while Nadal seeks to achieve the feat for the fifth time.
It is a motivation and a goal every day, Djokovic said. It is a goal that I have as a professional tennis player to win as many Grand Slams as possible and also to be number one worldwide for as long as possible.
Nadal, 33, could have finished the race for first place by winning the Paris title, but withdrew before his semifinal against Shapovalov with an abdominal muscle strain.
Djokovic has enjoyed another fantastic season, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon among his five titles.
That seemed far away when his return from a long elbow injury suffered a setback last year with a surprising defeat in the quarterfinals of the French Open by Italian Marco Cecchinato.
But since then he has added four main titles, as he also claimed the Wimbledon and US Open 2018 crowns.
Djokovic, who is approaching Nadal, who is 19, and Federer, with 20, on the all-time Grand Slam title list, says he hopes to play as many years as possible.
"I would like to play tennis for a long time. I don't know how long that is going to be, but I wish to really play pretty long.
So I hope you see me for many more years.
Djokovic's victory on Sunday delivered his 34th Masters title and his 77th on the ATP Tour in total.