At 14,607 kilometers from one another, the space that separates Dubai from Acapulco, Djokovic and Nadal restart from this Monday the fight for world number one Serbian occupies since he took the place to the Spanish within the Australian Open. Neither has performed but since. Novak was champion and Rafa fell in quarters.

Djokovic, who doesn’t defend factors within the Obligation Free Tennis, will resume the exercise this afternoon (16:00, Movistar Deportes) towards Tunisian Malek Jaziri, his good good friend (1-0 for the Balkan). Nadal, who gained 45 in Acapulco final 12 months (fell within the spherical towards Kyrgios), will debut on Tuesday on the Mexican Open towards a compatriot, Pablo Andújar (3-Zero dominates Manacor). The accounts are clear: to regain the throne, The Balearic must carry his third trophy within the event and that his enemy doesn’t go the quarterfinals in Dubai (see desk).

The fight for number one

Rounds 1st 2nd 1/4 half of Last Champion
Novak Djokovic 9,720 9,765 9,810 9,900 10,020 10,220
Rafael Nadal 9,350 9,395 9,440 9,530 9,650 9,850

“One in every of my targets is to beat the number one week document,” Nole acknowledged within the Arab emirate. Now Federer has it with 310 and he accumulates 279. With the Swiss, present champion, out of play after his knee operation, Nadal is the one one who can now stop it.