Roger Federer 'Enjoys' Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Challenging Grand Slam Record

Novak Djokovic struggles with an elbow injury at Wimbldeon 2017

The two players, now ranked number one and two in the world, will face each other at King Abdullah Sports City on December 22.

Novak Djokovic was at a low ebb after his French Open exit, but the Serbian has experienced an incredible upturn in fortunes.

However, it has not always been easy riding for the now world No 2, as he reflects on a hard moment when he dropped from the top of the world rankings.

"He started winning Grand Slams like they were regular tournaments year after year", Djokovic recently said.

Spanish great Nadal, who was not in Shanghai or Beijing last week because of a knee injury, will be just 215 points ahead of Djokovic in the race to finish as year-end No1. "I'm feeling good on the court".

Djokovic is just the third player in tennis history to win four consecutive Grand Slams - a feat he accomplished in 2016 dubbed the "Nole Slam" - and having won his last 18 matches in a row and 27 of his last 28, many wouldn't put it past him repeating the achievement, including US Open finalist Juan Martin del Potro. "That's it. And I need to achieve that, no matter what". I just was not satisfied with that. "Toughen up!' You know?"

Asked if he had a message for the underpressure Nadal, the Serb smiled: "I will leave that up to your creative spirit of journalism". "Obviously the last three, four months have been terrific for me".

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Djokovic said he could play Vienna or Basel, the week before Paris, in an effort to further rein in his rankings rival.

When it comes to the Serbian tennis star, Novak Djokovic though, things did not quite go like that, since the talented ace was only 23-years-old when he genuinely first thought about actually throwing in the towel on his tennis career.

"I was saying before that I have never played on faster courts here in Shanghai, so this year more than ever I needed a lot of success with the first serves in, and I have had plenty of success with first serves and high per cent of first serves in every match".

"I felt even if I was serving a little bit better, he'd still return my serves, so there is nothing I can do".

"I remember the next tournament was Wimbledon, I probably played finals, and then, after that I won Davis Cup with my country, with my guys, end of 2010".

The 13th-seeded Coric was responsible for defeating Roger Federer in a major upset during the quarterfinals.

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