Novak Djokovic eyes extended stay at the top of the ATP Rankings
Everything aligned for Novak Djokovic in the first month of the 2020 campaign as he returned to No 1 in the world and now he wants stay there for as long as possible.
The Serb started the season as world No 2 behind Rafael Nadal, but he led his country to glory at the inaugural ATP Cup as he won his six singles matches.
He then successfully defended his Australian Open crown and, with Nadal losing in the last eight at Melbourne Park, returned to the top of the world rankings.
“At the beginning of the season I wanted to get back to the top spot as soon as possible,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner told SportKlub.
“The circumstances turned out to be such that Nadal fell out in the quarter-finals and everything lined-up, now everything is in my hands.”
Now that the first ranking goal has been ticked off the list, he wants to make sure he stays there in the lead-up to the French Open.
The next two big events are the hard-court Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open where he lost in the round of 32 and round of 16, respectively last year.
As for the clay season, in 2019 he reached the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters, won the Madrid Open and finished runner-up in the Italian Open.
He added: “Neither Nadal nor I have too many points to defend ahead of Roland Garros.
“I hope for a successful season on the hard-courts, especially in Indian Wells and Miami, where I have had a lot of success in my career
“But I have not recorded very good results in the last few years, so I have a chance to pick up some more points.”
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