‘I have to win all my matches’ – Novak Djokovic admits Rafael Nadal has edge in world number one battle

Novak Djokovic disappointed

Novak Djokovic has admitted that he will have to play perfect tennis between now and the end of the year to deny Rafael Nadal the end-of-year world number one spot.

The duo have shared the Grand Slams between them this season, with Djokovic winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and Nadal taking the French Open and US Open crowns.

Nadal, though, has fewer points to defend in the remainder of the season, and will replace Djokovic as world number one regardless of what happens at the Paris Masters this week, and he says it would be ‘something special’ to be year-end number one again.

“I’m not thinking about it in that way,” Djokovic, who will face Dusan Lajovic or Corentin Moutet in his first match in Paris, told reporters. “But I am in the race for number one with Rafa.

“He’s in a much better position, but I hope I can do well in this tournament.

“I’ve historically played really well indoors in Paris and also London, but it doesn’t depend on me.

“So I cannot really focus too much on what he is doing or other players.

“I’ll try to kind of get the most out of my performances and see where it takes me.

“In order to have a chance for year-end number one, I have to win all of my matches until the end of the season. But also it depends on [Nadal], how he does.”

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