Djokovic hails ‘perfect 5 months’ as he targets ATP Finals glory

first_imgSecond placed Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with his trophy after the men’s singles final tennis match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov, on day seven of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 – Rolex Paris Masters – indoor tennis tournament at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris, on November 4, 2018. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)Novak Djokovic reveled in his “perfect” five months on Friday as he took aim at his sixth ATP Finals title with the year-end number one ranking in the bag.The Serb, who won Wimbledon and the US Open, earlier this week replaced the injured Rafael Nadal at the top of the men’s rankings and is guaranteed to end 2018 in top spot.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Djokovic is seeking his fifth ATP Finals title in London to go with his first, which he won in Shanghai in 2008.If he wins the tournament, which starts on Sunday, he would draw level with Roger Federer with six wins in total.Djokovic is in Group Guga Kuerten along with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner while Federer is in Group Lleyton Hewitt with Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.Each player plays the other group members, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.Djokovic also confirmed that he would not be playing Nadal in a controversial exhibition match in Saudi Arabia in December because of the Spaniard’s injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Speaking before the start of the season finale at London’s O2 Arena, the Serb said next to the Grand Slams and the ATP Finals, reaching the number one spot was the “ultimate challenge” in the sport.“I’m very proud of that achievement and I understand that it’s extra special this year because of the journey I’ve been through in the last 15 months, especially and particularly in the last eight to 10 months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“After February’s elbow surgery it looked quite improbable that I would be in this position as the year-end number one, not just because of the rankings — I was 22 (in May) — but just because of how I felt on the court, how I was playing.“But there was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible. I just thought at the time it might take more time than I wished it to be. “It turned to out to be a perfect five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles,” he added.“Of course, unfortunately Nadal had to withdraw from all of his tournaments after the US Open so he was not in that race but at the same time I thought it was a great five months that is crowned with this achievement.”The 31-year-old Djokovic underwent surgery on his right elbow in January after the Australian Open, which was his first tournament in six months.He struggled to find his best tennis when he returned to the court but reached the final of Queen’s before winning Wimbledon and the US Open.Since the start of Wimbledon he has won 31 out of 33 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drummond, Johnson pace Pistons to easy win over Hawks View commentslast_img read more

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