Novak Djokovic: ‘I want to go down in history as the world No 1 with the most weeks at the top’
Novak Djokovic has made it clear that holding the record for the most ATP Masters 1000 titles is “not his priority” as he has set his sights on ATP Rankings milestone.
The world No 1 has confirmed that he won’t play at the Paris Masters from November 2 as he can’t earn any ranking points, but has committed to playing at the Vienna Open and ATP Finals.
The decision means Rafael Nadal, who has stated he will play in Paris, will have an opportunity to draw level with Djokovic in terms of most Masters titles won as the Serbian moved to 36 when he won the Italian Open in September.
However, for Djokovic it is a strategic decision not to play at Paris-Bercy as he feels he has bigger fish to fry.
The bigger fish, of course, is the ATP rankings record for most weeks at No 1.
Djokovic is currently on 291 weeks, just 19 weeks shy of Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks, and he insists the Masters record is not a big issue.
“It’s not my priority. My immediate task is to collect as many points as I can in a bid to put as much distance between myself and the chasing pack ahead of next season,” he told Belgarde paper Sportski Zurnal
“I want to go down in history as the world No 1 with the most weeks at the top of the ATP Tour and I will do all I can to make it happen.
“Whether Nadal plays in Paris or not changes nothing because it’s all in my hands.”
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