Novak Djokovic has insisted that he will be happy for Daniil Medvedev if the 26-year-old manages to overtake him at the top of the ATP rankings by going all the way in Acapulco this month. The Serb has reigned supreme as the world’s best male player for some time but faces the possibility of losing his coveted standing if things go well for Medvedev at the Mexican Open.
Medvedev is the top seed and will go into his first-round match against Benoit Paire on Monday knowing that he will topple Djokovic for the very first time if he emerges as the competition’s outright winner.
The latter will also be in action at the Dubai Open but will not be able to prevent Medvedev from stealing his crown if both players emerge victorious in their respective tournaments.
Djokovic was adamant that his rival will deserve to be recognised as the world’s best player if he clinches the title in Acapulco when quizzed on the matter in a press conference on Sunday.
“I know that he’s very close and it depends what I do here,” said Djokovic.
“I’m not aware of all the different scenarios but the only scenario I have in my head is to win every match that I play here.”
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The current world No 1 was eventually forced to return to Serbia after a last-gasp appeal was rejected out of hand, leaving him unable to compete at the event.
He appeared to be in good spirits in advance of his comeback in Dubai, though, with the 34-year-old insisting that he did not experience any difficulties in gearing up for next week’s tournament.
“It wasn’t really difficult for me to pick up a racket and go out and practice the sport and just play,” added Djokovic.
“I’m as well prepared as I possibly can be. There were lots of emotions after I came back from Australia, it was strange.”
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Djokovic went on to reveal his excitement in having returned to Dubai as he looks to clinch yet another title at a tournament he has already won on five previous occasions.
“Having previous positive experiences on the court and titles obviously connects me to this place even more,” he explained.
“We’ll play this tournament and see how it goes further down the line.”
Djokovic will be looking to make the perfect start to his Dubai Open campaign against Lorenzo Musetti in their first-round meeting on Monday afternoon.