Straight from winning his 34th Masters title in Paris and as yet trailing Rafael Nadal in the rankings by 640 points, he opens the last Tour event of the season, the Nitto ATP Finals against Matteo Berrettini on Sunday evening.

It is available for anyone for the two of us,” Djokovic said of the top positioning. “This competition will choose [it]. He’s in a superior position, but after winning Paris-Bercy I put myself in an entirely decent position.”

The opening match will likewise give an early, critical sign of whether the generation is ready to nudge aside Djokovic, Nadal, and Roger Federer, whose consolidated control of the higher scopes of the game has been just irregularly upset in the previous 15 years.

Four of the eight players challenging the title at the O2 Arena are 23 and under: guarding champion Alexander Zverev, just as debutants Daniil Medvedev, who has been in strangely great structure, however, may be thinking about the amount he has left, Berrettini, the principal Italian to make the finals, and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the player who most winds up Zverev.

Dominic Thiem, who’s five Tour titles top the champs’ rundown in 2019, reminded the others on Friday he is just somewhat more seasoned than them at 26 – every one of whom respects the 38-year-old Federer, Nadal (33) and Djokovic (32) with deference however not wonderment.

It is a long time since Andy Murray stressed to breakpoint to beat Djokovic in the last and secure the year-end No 1 positioning, an award the Serb portrayed on his appearance as second only to winning a great slam title.


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