Novak Djokovic's next goal is to capture the year-end No. 1 ranking

by: Matt Cronin | October 17, 2018

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Novak Djokovic has more he wants to achieve in 2018. He is currently aiming for a return to No. 1 before turning his attention on winning more Grand Slams.

The world No. 2 has won 14 majors, tying him with Pete Sampras, and is catching up to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's totals of 17 and 20, respectively. Affected by lingering right elbow problems during the first half of the season, he has since won Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the US Open and Shanghai. 

"I definitely wouldn't mind being No. 1 again," Djokovic said earlier this fall. "I would be lying if I said that wasn't my goal—other than Grand Slam titles, that is the pinnacle of our sport. By the end of the year I'll try to jeopardize Nadal's position. We'll see if I succeed."

Now Nadal is just 215 points ahead of him. The Spaniard is also dealing with a knee injury and recently pulled out from the Asian swing where he had a lot of points to defend, while Djokovic has no points to defend for the rest of the season.

"I couldn't imagine a better scenario," Djokovic said. "I'm close to Nadal, in a good position. I plan to play Paris and London. Maybe I will add another tournament, maybe not. I'm playing really well, and the biggest achievement of this season would be to finish the year No. 1."

The ATP Masters 1000 in Paris begins on October 29, with ATP 500 events in Basel and Vienna taking place next week.


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