Djokovic Wins In Vienna, Closes In On Year-End No. 1; Sinner v Rublev Thurs.
by Staff | October 28th, 2020, 9:11 pm

Novak Djokovic all but wrapped up his sixth year-end No. 1 ranking on Wednesday in Vienna after getting through Borna Coric 7-6(11), 6-3.

Coric failed to convert on four set points in the first.

“It was very tiring and very challenging. Obviously Borna is a great fighter. He’s a very good friend of mine. Off the court we’ve known each other for quite a long time,” Djokovic said. “He has kind of a similar style of tennis as I do. From the backhand corner, very solid, trying to create points with his forehand. He was serving very well, especially in the first set. It was very difficult for me to return his serve.”

Coric falls to 0-4 against the Serb having never won a set.

More importantly, the win means that unless Rafael Nadal takes a wildcard into the Sofia event in two weeks (played between Paris and the ATP Finals) and accrues enough points, Djokovic will finish No. 1 for a record-tying sixth time in his career.

After a day off, Djokovic returns on Friday to face either Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals.

In a rematch of their 2017 US Open semifinal, Kevin Anderson again got the better of Pablo Carreno Busta with a 7-5, 6-1 win to also reach the quarters.

In first round play, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev both advanced in their openers. Medvedev rolled Jason Jung 6-3, 6-1 while the Greek was pushed to three but prevailed over Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4.

“I’m happy that I was relaxed and in that kind of state of mind and mood. I think it helped overall my performance today,” said Tsitsipas. “For sure there are a lot of benefits you can take when you’re playing relaxed and when you’re not panicked.”

Vasek Pospisil upset his countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime in straights and Jannik Sinner took care of Casper Ruud.

Tomorrow, Sinner will take on the hot-handed Andrey Rublev in a tantalizing second round affair. Tsitsipas returns to face Grigor Dimitrov and home favorite Dominic Thiem tests Cristian Garin.

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11 Comments for Djokovic Wins In Vienna, Closes In On Year-End No. 1; Sinner v Rublev Thurs.

Daniel Says:

He will be guarantee 305 weeks as #1 until the week after AO 2021.
If he defends there, he will have Dubai to defend next, but most likelly could pass Federer during IW 2021.

Van Persie Says:


Djoko does not have to defend the points from AO and Dubai, as the ranking points will be calculated as they are at the moment until the end of March, as far as I know. But of course, Rafa or Dom could gain ranking points at the beginning of next year and surpass him.
Nole has to gain as many ranking points as he can in Vienna and London, in order to distance himself more from Thiem and Nadal, as he cannot add any ranging points at the beginning of 2021.

But the 305 weeks as Nr. 1 are guaranteed. Rafa would have to win the title in Paris, to win each match in London, also to participate at the tournament in Sofia and to win it , in order to be Nr. 1 this year…but Rafa will also need, that Nole does not win any match this year from now on. Should Nole win the title in Vienna, Rafa will not have any possibility anymore to become Nr. 1 at the end of 2020.:)

Van Persie Says:

Am just looking at the ranking points atm and notice what other tennis fans have seen: Rafa really needs to add as many ranking points as he can within this year, in order to be sure, he remains Nr. 2. Dom has a good opportunity to be seeded Nr. 2 at the AO 2021.

Van Persie Says:

Well , even if it is not yet certain from matematicaly point of view, that Nole will remain Nr. 1 in 2020, I am celebrating this already. Would be to much for Rafa :)

Have to be also please with Nole’s Year: he won the AO this year, he won a second Career Master (all 9 masters at least twice)…and he equaled Sampras’ record: 6 YE as Nr.1, so not too bad ;) is a good reason for him to forget, about what happened in NY and about the final at the FO and to start fresh in 2021 ;)

chrisford1 Says:

Daniel – Hope things in Brazil are OK where you are, and Covid is on the wane.
All sorts of crazy records are in Djokovic’s and Nadal’s grasp. It seems if either shows up to some event and just breathes, some record is toppled.
I am surprised that as Alison mentioned on another thread, Rafa just passed Connors in the most continuous weeks ever in Top 10. Part of that is Rafa, while far more injured than Djokovic and Fed in his career, managed to be healthy for all but a few clay events, allowing him to pile up the points needed to be in Top 10.
I’ll be glad when 2020 is over, including the truncated tennis season and Fed’s injury, and Novak’s bad fortune at the USO. The two highlights to me were the Thiem-Djokovic battle at the AO and very happily for tennis, Dominic Thiem getting his 1st Slam.
Paris Bercy is now in doubt due to the 2nd Covid Wave hitting France, which would be a pity.
Both Rafa and Novak can add a lot of points in the ATP Finals, as neither somehow………..managed to get through the Round Robin in 2019. And both have huge records that they are after. Rafa the only remaining big title on his bucket list should he win in London, Novak tying Fed for most titles in the Finals should he win and by that win, setting himself up as likely to last as #1 until he moves past Fed in total weeks as #1.

Wog Boy Says:

It’s good sometimes to check the news in order not to make a fool of yourself.

The most respected person in Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Amfilohije died on Friday and funeral is on Sunday, he was blessed to know him personally and spend time with him.

He posted good bye message to Bishop Amfilohije on his instagram, check the link at the end,

It was that neither him nor his team cared for the match, he achieved what he wanted in Vienna and record 6th YE #1.

Wog Boy Says:

“ was obvious that neither him nor…” should say.

skeezer Says:

It’s best not to make excuses.

chrisford1 Says:

Grigor, Thiem, and Medvedev also lost in upsets. 4 QFs, 4 upsets, with Djokovic’s the most humiliating.
I hope it is not true, but one mark of Federers decline starting 5 or so years ago (Novak’s age now) was that he could still rise to greatness on occasion, but he became inconsistent, unable to find the extra gear, had good outings and some very bad ones.
In other news, Sasha Zverev has two models in his stable of present and former girlfriends telling “the world” . One, the Russian model-photog, and Tour Groupie Olga Sharypova claims longtime physical abuse by Sasha. The other, a German-Romanian supermodel Brenda Patea announced Sasha will be a Daddy at 23. That seems to be a happier story. Both parents to be are happy, and they have a good relationship after they broke up umm…recently I guess as the pregnancy is 21 weeks along. The other models in the stable are content to eat hay and whinny at times.

Wog Boy Says:

CF1, there is only one place that Novak wants to be on Sunday and that place is not Vienna but Podgorica, to attend the funeral of Bishop Amfilohije.
Don’t tell me you believe that he wasn’t able to win, not set, but more than 3 games against Sonego?
His team, he himself even his press conference (pretty pleased, cool calm and collected) everyone knew that in his head he was already on his way to Belgrade and then to Podgorica for the funeral and was playing not to win, look at the stats.
I read somewhere that he has never lost a match winning only 3 games?!
I will agree with you if he doesn’t do well in London.

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