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Djokovic close to No 1 ranking

by Josh Clarke

 If Novak Djokovic wins the French Open, he will become world No 1 for the first timeThis week Novak Djokovic competes in the French Open with the hope of usurping Rafael Nadal as the Associations of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world number one ranked player.

Unbeaten streak

The Serb is in an incredible vein of form this year, with a run of 37 wins in a row. Should he reach the final of the French Open, Djokovic will beat John McEnroe’s record start to a year of 42 unbeaten matches, set 27 years ago.

The unbeaten streak has resulted in Djokovic collecting seven consecutive titles, including wins at the Australian Open and four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, as well as ensuring that he is the first player to be guaranteed a place at the end of year ATP Tour Finals, held at the O2 Arena in London.

It was only Nadal’s appearance in the semi-final of the Rome Masters last week that stopped Djokovic’s ascendancy to the top of the rankings.

Last week saw Djokovic comfortably defeat Nadal 6-4 6-4 and become the second man, after his opponent in 2009, to qualify for the ATP tour finals before the French Open.

Court domination

Nadal has been dominating the clay court event in France in recent history though, winning five out of the last six titles.

This means that he remains the bookmakers’ favourite to retain his title, despite Djokovic’s improvement on the surface combined with his intimidating form.


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