There probably wasn't much Nadal could do against Federer in Shanghai on Sunday, as well as the Swiss was playing.
"After losing the final it is not the moment". I am not anxious, though.
"Federer and Nadal are in many ways unique, among the best players in the history of the sport, people who have influenced me to become what I am", Djokovic told Novosti.
"World number one I don't think will happen but if I play like this maybe I'll get close, who knows?"
According to El Espanol, Nadal has made a decision to skip Basel in order to rest his body to be fully prepared for both the event in Paris-Bercy and the World Tour Finals in London.
Federer will now have the opportunity to make up some ground on Nadal in his home country, with 500 points up for grabs for the victor.
If Federer wins also in Paris and London, Nadal would need to earn 1,041 between these two events to be at the top of the rankings: he would reach Paris final and winning three Round Robin matches in London or winning one-two RR matches plus the semifinal.
"I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain", he wrote.
'I was thinking about it going into the Montreal finals and hopefully Cincinnati and the US Open but I mean it just all didn't work out the way I was hoping - so no problem there.
So it was no surprise that Nadal announced Tuesday that he was pulling out of his next scheduled event in Federer's hometown of Basel, Switzerland next week because of an excessive stress load on his knee.
The win in China was her first title since serving a 15-month doping ban and lifted her 29 places in the world rankings to 57th.
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