Novak Djokovic is hoping to reach another one of his “ultimate goals” and finish the year as the world No 1.
Few people would have backed Djokovic to be in position to challenge for the top spot a few months ago as he was struggling to string results together after undergoing elbow surgery at the start of the year.
However, it all came together for the Serb at Wimbledon as he won his 13th Grand Slam title and a few weeks later he became the first player to complete the Career Golden Masters when he won the Cincinnati Masters.
Yet he wasn’t done as he won major No 14 when he beat Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final.
His excellent run of form saw him surge up to No 3 in the world behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and he can still claim the year-end top spot if results go his way over the next few weeks.
“I’m really glad I’ve put myself in a position to compete for No 1 in the world,” he said during his press conference ahead of his Shanghai Masters opening match.
“Maybe four five months ago that was looking a little far from reach, but with the recent results I put myself in a pretty decent position to fight for the year-end No 1, which of course is always one of the ultimate goals you have as a professional tennis player.”
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