Novak Djokovic mentioned sealing the yr-finish males’s world primary tennis rating had eased a number of the pressure on him as he heads into the ATP Finals and can look to finish his season on a excessive.
The 33-yr-outdated is bidding for a sixth crown within the season-ending match to go degree with Roger Federer and can tackle Argentine Diego Schwartzman in his opener on Monday.
“Coming into the tournament knowing I already clinched the year-end number one releases some of the pressure, but at the same time it doesn’t change what I hope to achieve in this tournament and why I’m here,” Djokovic advised reporters.
“I really want to win every single match that I get to play and try to get my hands on the trophy… I want this trophy as much as anyone here.
“I’m really hoping I can end the season in the best possible way and the success I had previously here in the past 10 years helps me feel more comfortable and confident about myself.”
Second-ranked Nadal, who meets Russian Andrey Rublev on Sunday, is hoping to clinch his first ATP Finals title on the arduous courts of London’s O2 Arena.
“I don’t know how close I am to the perfect preparation. I tried to fight hard in every match in Bercy,” Nadal mentioned on Friday of his semi-closing run finally week’s Paris Masters.
“That put me in a position that I already played four matches on this surface and hopefully that can help me here, but there remains two days for me to practise.
“I hope to be ready to accept the challenge to play against such difficult opponents like Rublev.”