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  • Djokovic appreciates his No. 1 status

    3/17/13 1:12 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Djokovic appreciates his No. 1 status Novak Djokovic offers insight on his firm hold of the No. 1 spot in men's tennis.

    As Novak Dkjokovic prepared to try and open up one of the largest leads in the history of the ATP rankings between the No. 1 and No. 2 players, the surging Serb gratefully paused to consider the benefits of holding the top spot in tennis.

    "I think the position itself carries a lot of advantages and some disadvantages," said the 25-year-old who would have taken a massive 5,215-point lead on Roger Federer had he won the Indian Wells Masters. Djokovic will not get a chance to contend for the title, having lost in the semifinals to Juan Martin Del Potro.

    "On the negative side you lose that, let's say free time and privacy because it's a very global sport, so tennis players are also very recognized athletes around the world.

    "In perspective it's very positive because, you can see how many people around the world appreciate what you do. Obviously being No. 1 of the world is a pinnacle of this sport, of any sport, and I'm sure that there is so many hundreds of thousands of tennis players around the world who want to be where I am in this moment.

    "I'm aware of that fact, and that keeps me very grounded and makes me appreciate every single moment spent on No. 1."

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Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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