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John McEnroe has opened up on why being the year-end No 1 is so important.
The 17-time Grand Slam holder is on course to break the record for weeks at No 1 and go level with Pete Sampras for year-end No 1.
Djokovic has made no secret of the fact that the world No 1 ranking is one of his targets in 2020.
McEnroe explained why the ranking accolade matters so much.
“To look and go, ‘Oh my God, there’s not one person above me it’s not something when I was growing up that I was expecting to happen,” he said. “It was quite surprising to look at my name and below it be like Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors.
“It depends on the player, but the most important thing when I was playing was who’s No. 1 at the end of the year. That was the most important. You were the best overall. Your 12-month results were the best of anyone.”