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Novak Djokovic has not given up hope of ending the year as world number one ahead of Rafael Nadal but is just staying focused on his own game.
Victory in the Paris Masters on Sunday kept alive Djokovic’s slim hopes of overtaking Nadal although he still needs a lot to go his way to take top spot.
The ATP World Tour Finals get underway at London’s O2 Arena this week and Nadal will clinch the year-end number one ranking if he wins just two matches.
Even if he fails to do that Djokovic would still need to win the title and then go unbeaten in the Davis Cup final later this month.
Djokovic is well aware of what is needed but says he will just concentrate on his own game.
“It doesn’t just depend on me, it depends on Rafa,” said the Serb. “It’s very important for me to concentrate on myself and let things take care of themselves. I’ve taken a lot of confidence from this week [in Paris].”
The tournament, which sees the world’s top eight players split into two groups with the top two from each progressing to the semi-finals, will be missing Andy Murray as he recovers from a back problem.
The matches get underway on Monday when Tomas Berdych plays Stanislas Wawrinka, while Juan Martin del Potro goes head-to-head with Richard Gasquet.
Nadal begins on Tuesday against fellow countryman David Ferrer, while Djokovic takes on six-time champion Roger Federer.