Novak Djokovic is inching closer to a historic milestone, as he approaches his 400th week at the pinnacle of the ATP rankings. Considered by many as the current undisputed world's best tennis player, Djokovic commenced his 395th week at the ATP summit with an impressive 11,045 points.
In contrast, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, plagued by underwhelming performances in China, mustered only 8,805 points. This grants Djokovic a substantial lead of 2,240 points, a lead he aims to safeguard for the remainder of the season, thereby increasing the likelihood of his imminent coronation of the 400-week milestone in tennis dominance.
Novak Djokovic is defending 600 points from last year's final in Paris
To secure this achievement, Djokovic must navigate through the final two tournaments unscathed. Additionally, it's imperative that the promising young Spaniard fails to clinch both titles.
Specifically, Djokovic is facing the challenge of defending 600 points from the previous year's finals, where he suffered defeat at the hands of Holger Rune in the Paris Masters, scheduled to take place from October 28 to November 5.
Following this, the season culminates with the Final Masters in Turin. In Turin, Djokovic faces the daunting task of defending all 1,500 points as he aims to uphold his title from the 2022 edition where he remained undefeated.
Conversely, Alcaraz has a much lighter task, defending only 180 points from his quarter-final appearance in Paris, and he didn't even compete in Turin. In essence, should Djokovic maintain his performance level through the Monday following the Final Masters, held from November 12 to 19, he will ascend to the prestigious 400-week mark as the ATP's top-ranked player.
This achievement would undoubtedly hold profound significance for Djokovic, bolstering his spirits and self-assurance as he embarks on the forthcoming Davis Cup tournament in Malaga, scheduled for November 21 to 26. There, he will lead his national team, and his triumphant form would be a tremendous asset to his side.