Roger Federer target within Novak Djokovic’s sights and Serb has Rafael Nadal advantage

Novak Djokovic has admitted he has his eyes firmly set on Roger Federer’s record of most weeks as world No.1. The Serbian currently stands at 287 weeks, just 33 behind Federer and should he not lose top spot, he will overtake the Swiss star in March 2021.

Djokovic kicks off his French Open campaign next week, defending 720 points after losing to Dominic Thiem in last year’s semi final.

Current world No.2 Rafael Nadal, is defending 2000 points at Roland Garros, hoping to win his fourth French open on the spin.

Nadal is currently 1,410 points adrift in the rankings, with Djokovic hoping to end the year as world No.1 for a record-equalling sixth time.

And Djokovic, who is looking to bounce back from being defaulted from the US Open at the start of the month, has admitted Federer’s record is firmly on his mind.

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“This is one of my two biggest professional goals,” Djokovic revealed. “To reach the record of, [and] surpass Roger’s record for longest [time at] No. 1 and win as many [Grand] Slams as possible.

“I have been saying that before, so I’m working towards that. I’m at a good place right now, in a good position. Hopefully I can stay healthy and continue to play well.

“The historic No. 1 ranking goal is something that is on the horizon, and I’m going to give my all and very best that I can possibly give in the next period to achieve that.

“I can’t [look] too far [ahead], and I don’t know what years to come will bring for me and just tennis and the world in general.”

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Djokovic is looking to win his second title in France, while Nadal is hoping for a staggering 13th crown. Despite his near monopoly on the clay, Djokovic still hopes to meet his old rival in the final.

“Well, I cannot hope for Rafa not being in the finals. I can hope for myself being in the final and fighting for the trophy.

“I mean, that’s probably the player that has the highest chance of being in the final in French Open, and any tournament, for that matter.

But Djokovic, who won his 36th Masters title last week in Rome, believes hs best form is still to come.

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He added: “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I haven’t played my best tennis.

“I still have a few gears and I’ll need them to get a good result at Roland Garros.

“I feel good. Of course this gives me even more confidence that is absolutely necessary for a Grand Slam.”

Djokovic also passed a record set by Nadal for reaching the most Masters 1000 finals, taking his total up to 52, above Nadal and Federer who have reached 51 and 50 respectively.

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