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Federer, Djokovic To Battle For World No. 1 In Shanghai

Shanghai, China

Federer © AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer will attempt to hold onto his World No. 1 ranking in Shanghai.

The No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking is on the line this week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, with China Open champion Novak Djokovic threatening to knock Roger Federer from the top spot.

“That’s the target,” the 25-year-old Serbian said following his Beijing triumph. “This will definitely help me in that race, but it’s still quite open. There are still tournaments to come, big ones. Shanghai, obviously the first [ATP World Tour Masters] 1000 event that is next week… I want to try to get as far as I can in the tournament, obviously taking one match at a time as I always do.”

Federer can guarantee his place atop the South African Airways ATP Rankings by minimally reaching the Shanghai quarter-finals. Anything less, and Djokovic would overtake the Swiss by winning the Shanghai crown.

Federer begins his 299th week as the World No. 1, having usurped Djokovic at the top of the leaderboard after winning his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

“I hope I will finish World No. 1 at the end of the year,” said the 31-year-old Swiss. “For me it’s about trying to play well here in Shanghai and go from there.”

Federer reached the Shanghai final in his previous visit two years ago (l. to Murray), while Djokovic is a two-time tournament semi-finalist.

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