Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Djokovic Delighted That 'Exhausted' Players Can Rest before Final Push; Tennis Correspondent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Djokovic Delighted That 'Exhausted' Players Can Rest before Final Push; Tennis Correspondent

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Byline: Chris Jones

NOVAK DJOKOVIC is thankful that next year's schedule will allow the players a week's break between the Paris Masters and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Tonight, the world No2 faces Juan Martin del Potro in what will be another hugely physical match following on from victory over Roger Federer on Tuesday, which took two hours and 22 minutes.

The intensity of the tennis programme has long been a source of contention, which has led to the introduction of a week off before the season's finale at the O2.

"It is going to be obviously better for the top players," said Djokovic, who won the Paris title on Sunday. "This is the last week of the official ATP season and all of us players are coming in exhausted after a long season. For me the good thing is that I had a day off [after Paris] and I did everything to recover and get ready for this one."

No matter what Djokovic does here in London, he cannot regain the No1 ranking after the remarkable Rafael Nadal clinched it with a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6 win over Stanislas Wawrinka. …

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