Top ranking Novak Djokovic knows that eventually the numbers will catch up to him and Rafael Nadal will reclaim the No. 1 ranking. But the Serb says that until that happens, which could be this week, he’s in for the fight.
“As long as there is a chance, I will fight for that top spot,” Djokovic said over the weekend in Beijing. “But, again, with no doubt he has the best results this year. This year he’s been the best player in the world. I have been having ups and downs throughout this year. But still it was a quite good season for me, but it’s not over. I want to focus on this week’s China Open because this is where I traditionally play well, and I would like to have another successful week.”
It has been and up and down year for Novak. After a promising start he’s won just one title since the start of April beating Nadal in Monte Carlo.
But he’s never lost at the ATP Beijing winning three titles in 14 match victories. And this year he enters the event having just proposed to Jelena Ristic, his longtime girlfriend who he says has been integral to his success.
“From my personal experience in my life, it has helped me a lot to have this emotional stability,” Djokovic said. “It does affect everything you do basically, you know, because it’s you. You cannot separate your private and your professional life. It’s all the same. It all comes down to you as one person. As I said, it brought me a lot of love, positive energy, stability, having a long relationship with my fiancee and also having a close relationship with my family. It’s something that is essential.”
Djokovic added that contrary to reports the couple have not yet set a wedding date.
Novak will open his title defense tonight against Lukas Rosol.
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