Djokovic and Nadal Battle for World Number 1 at Different Tournaments

How Rafael Nadal Can Overtake Novak Djokovic as the #1 Seed Again

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It would involve Djokovic losing.. which he doesn’t do a lot these days. But still happens about 10 times a year. He also has a superb record in Dubai, but stranger things has happened. After taking over the #1 spot from winning the Australian Open, Djokovic has a 325-point lead of Nadal. For reference, the winner of the Dubai Duty Free Championship gets 500 ATP points where Djokovic is the 1 seed and winner of Acapulco gets 500 ATP points where Nadal is the 1 seed.  

Nadal vs. Djokovic

By some off chance Djokovic does give up his position as world 1, odds are pretty good he will get them back at Indian Wells and Miami for back to back Masters 1000 events both on Hard Court where he has a slight edge over Nadal. Also Djokovic only has to defend 135 points from last years US Hard Court season, while Nadal has 360 points to defend after a Semifinals in Indian Wells. 

Nadal finished as the world 1 at the end of last season before quickly being dethroned by Djokovic. At that time Nadal was the oldest male tennis player to finish at the 1 spot end of season. 

Djokovic is back in Dubai for the first time since 2016 and looks to defend his 2013 title there. “I missed it,” Djokovic told the website of the ATP Tour in Dubai. “I haven’t played here for [four] years and I look forward to getting out on the court. I started off the season in the best possible way in Australia and I am hoping I can continue that streak this week in Dubai.” The tournament did a live draw where Djokovic plays Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in round one, The recent dominant Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won back to back titles in Marseille, France could be a real asset to Nadal. Nadal has won Acapulco in 05 and 13 looks to get back to winning form there. However the tournament was played on Clay back then. A huge bummer for the king of clay… He will play fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

Only Pete Sampras has finished as the world #1 6 different years. Djokovic, Fed, and Conners (one of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time) Djokovic has made it pretty clear he is chasing all the titles from World #1 to Most Grand Slams. “Grand Slams are one of the main reasons why I’m still competing and still playing full seasons and trying to obviously get the historic No. 1,” Djokovic said in Melbourne. “That’s the other big goal and I put myself in this position that is really good at this moment.”


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