The Belgrade player reached the quarter-finals with his second win this week at the Austrian tournament. Mathematically, ‘Nole’ already has in hand to finish the year as number one, although the ATP will wait to make it official since Nadal could break the accounts the second week of November.
However, Nadal has made it clear that his calendar for the remainder of the season will be Paris and London. On the other hand, Djokovic has the option to avoid that little cabal if he wins in Vienna, which would be number one at the end of the year for sure for the Serb, regardless of whether Nadal could surprise in Sofia.
‘Nole’ celebrated his triumph over Coric, after just over two hours, as more than a pass to the quarterfinals in an ATP 500 event. The Serbian knew himself number one in the world until next season, securing more weeks at the top looking for Roger Federer’s record (310 for 292 right now of the Serbian).
The battle with Coric was beautiful and intense. The Serbian saved four set balls in the first quarter, which was decided in sudden death to the third option of number one. Djokovic hesitated more with his serve, but was successful to reach the second set with more force. In its attack, the one from Belgrade was sapping the morale of one more Coric against the ropes.
With a ‘break’ against in the third game, the Croatian began to give way and, to the rest, ‘Nole’ took a special victory. With his sixth year as number one, Djokovic equals Pete Sampras’ record, while five times they finished a course as the best in the world Nadal, Federer and Jimmy Connors.