How can Novak Djokovic secure the year-end No.1 ranking at the 2021 Paris Masters

World No.1 and five-time Paris Masters winner is in a pole position to finish 2021 as the top-ranked player, but World No.2 Daniil Medvedev isn't too far behind.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic will make his much, awaited return to the ATP tour this week at the Paris Masters. The Serb hasn’t played a single competitive match after losing in the 2021 US Open finals to World No.2 Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic is inarguably the greatest champion of Paris Masters, after having won a record, five titles in Bercy. The 2019 winner will open proceedings against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

Besides going for a record, 37th ATP Masters 1000 title, the 20-time Grand Slam will also be keen on finishing the year as the top-ranked player in the world. If Djokovic can finish 2021 as World No.1, then he will become the only player in history to finish a calendar year as the best player, for the seventh time.

While Djokovic is the favourite to finish the year as the top-ranked player, the newly crowned US Open winner too has a realistic shot. Let us look at some possible scenarios on how Djokovic can stop the Russian from surpassing him.

Scenario One: Djokovic wins the title in Bercy

Scenario Two: Djokovic reaches the final and Medvedev doesn’t win the title

Scenario Three: Djokovic makes the semis and Medvedev doesn’t reach the final

Scenario Four: Djokovic reaches the quarters and Medvedev doesn’t reach the semis

Scenario Five: Djokovic at least reaches the third round and Medvedev doesn’t reach the final four

Scenario Six: Medvedev doesn’t reach the quarters.

Goal is to finish as No.1 says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Speaking to the press before his first round match at the Paris Masters, Djokovic said, “The year-end No. 1 is on the line between Medvedev and myself, and I’m in a pretty good position. That’s obviously the goal for the end of the season other than trying to do well in the Davis Cup with the national team. So hopefully I can have a strong finish of the season and clinch that year-end No. 1.”

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Russian will begin his campaign against Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.

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