Novak Djokovic says he is pleased with his climb back to No. 1 despite a defeat in the final of the Paris Masters, and should be fresh again for the ATP Tour Finals.
The Serb won his opener at Paris and clinched a return to No. 1 when Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament. Following consecutive three-setters against Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals and Roger Federer in the semifinals, he fell to Karen Khachanov in the final.
"Unfortunately no, but I don't want to talk about that," Djokovic said when asked if he had fully recovered from his lengthy, high-quality semifinal against Federer, referring instead to Khachanov's high level during the event.
The new No. 1 had been on a 22-straight winning streak going into the final, still saying he had no complaints before the ATP Tour Finals.
"I'm happy of course," said Djokovic. "I'm going to officially be No. 1 tomorrow.
"I won more than 20 matches in a row. These five months have been fantastic. I'll be going into London with a lot of confidence and confidence in my game. I think everything will be good physically, in a week, for starting in London."
Nadal and Djokovic would again be competing for the top ranking at the ATP Tour Finals if Nadal plays the event. He withdrew from Paris with abdominal problems in his first event back from a knee injury.
The 31-year-old Djokovic will be the top seed at the ATP Tour Finals.