Novak Djokovic nearly assures year-end high rating for sixth time | Tennis Information

VIENNA: Novak Djokovic nearly ensured equalling Pete Sampras’s report of ending the yr as world primary for the sixth time on Wednesday when he reached the Vienna ATP quarter-finals.
Djokovic defeated Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6 (13/11), 6-Three and can safe the year-end high spot so long as Rafael Nadal doesn’t take a wild card into the Sofia occasion subsequent month.
If the 33-year-old Serb wins the Vienna title on Sunday, he’ll be certain of the landmark no matter whether or not or not Nadal performs in Bulgaria.
Djokovic, who now has 39 wins and simply two defeats in 2020, has been the top-ranked participant on the finish of a season 5 instances: in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
He shares that mark with profession rivals Roger Federer and Nadal.
Sampras achieved the feat six years in succession between 1993 and 1998.
“Sampras was my childhood idol rising up and it is going to be superb to tie his report by being the year-end world primary six instances,” Djokovic stated on Sunday.
Djokovic additionally has one other goal — beating Federer’s all-time better of 310 weeks spent on high of the rankings.
He’s at the moment having fun with his 292nd week in complete as world primary.
Ought to he keep in pole place, he’ll cross Federer in early March 2021.
Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam title winner, is enjoying his first event since his straight units loss to Nadal within the Roland Garros last over two weeks in the past.
He’s looking for a fifth title of the yr and subsequent faces both Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz or Italian fortunate loser Lorenzo Sonego.

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