Novak Djokovic as World Number One
To secure his position as world number one for at least the next 369 weeks, Novak Djokovic defeated Gael Monfils in straight sets on Tuesday.
It’s also the first time in the Open history that anybody had an 18-0 ATP head-to-head versus an opponent after his victory against the Frenchman.
After a 6-1 3-6 6-2 victory against Denis Shapovalov, Novak Djokovic will meet three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray just in the last 16.
Djokovic stated of his record versus Monfils, “I don’t have any reason for it, I again just try to approach it like any other match.”
“I think his game is a good match for my style of play. However, there have been some nail-biting contests. It’s possible he might have beaten the record if we had played in Dubai the previous time.” That’s not something I give much thought to. “This is a huge victory for me in terms of my emotional well-being.”
Djokovic saved three break chances in the first set, but Monfils was never a threat to the 20-time grand slam winner at the Manolo Santana Stadium in Miami.
Djokovic displayed his expertise and know-how, despite the fact that Monfils won the championship winner count, 18-11.
Djokovic is still finding his footing after returning to tennis after a difficult period away from the sport.
According to Djokovic, “I played one of the most athletic and swift players that we have in the game. “I’m familiar with his style of play. As a tennis player, I am aware out that another ball’s will always return from his side of the court, and that you must always maintain a level of controlled aggressiveness and govern the point.” While dictating with my forehand, I was effectively moving him about the court while also locating my serve and other service games.