With Rafael Nadal reportedly declining a wild card into the small-time Sofia event next month, Novak Djokovic is poised to tie the all-time mark for the most career year-end top finishes.

Spanish media report that Nadal is not interested in playing the Bulgarian event in hopes of perhaps pipping Djokovic for the season’s top ranking.

As a result, Djokovic looks to pull alongside Pete Sampras by finishing ATP No. 1 for the sixth season.

Pete Sampras won 13 Grand Slams and finished six years as No. 1 Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

The Serb is competing this week in Vienna while Nadal will play in next week’s Paris Bercy Masters, where Djokovic will be absent.

Sofia, a 250-level tournament,, is set for the week after Paris, ending a day before the kickoff of the eight-man ATP Finals in London on November 15.

But Nadal’s chances of upsetting the established order are not completely over: the Spaniard could statistically knock Djokovic from No. 1 in the coming months if he wins Bercy, London or January’s Australian Open.


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