Novak Djokovic has a 100% record in his sights as he takes on alternate David Goffin at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Where to watch live
Djokovic vs Goffin starts at 2pm GMT on Thursday (17 November) and is live on Sky Sports 1HD, BBC Two HD and BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra.
Novak Djokovic can progress to the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals with a flourish when he faces alternate David Goffin on day five at The O2 Arena. The Serbian is already assured of topping the Ivan Lendl group after wins in his opening two matches, but qualifying with a 100% record would send an ominous message to world number one Andy Murray.
Victory for Djokovic would be worth another 200 ranking points and though a 2-1 round robin record coupled with winning his fifth title in a row would be enough to overhaul Murray, he will be keen to make a statement of intent. The 12-time grand slam champion has showed glimpses of his best form but has not been without faults in overcoming Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic.
Djokovic, 28, dropped the opening set on his way to beating Thiem in over two hours before requiring two tie-breaks to overcome the big-hitting Raonic. Either match could have gone against the world number two, yet his durability proved enough to see him through to the knock-out stage.
World number 11 Goffin has the opportunity to end his campaign on a winning note after being installed as the replacement for Gael Monfils, who has pulled out through injury. The Frenchman came into the event with a rib problem, and strugged with a knee issue during his three-set loss to Thiem on day three.
Goffin's attempts to qualify for the London finals stalled after he was beaten by Marin Cilic at the Paris Masters, seemingly ending a season where he had broken new ground in the grand slam events. A maiden appearance in the fourth round at the Australian Open was followed by a quarter-final place at the French Open, while he also reached the last 16 at Wimbledon.
Like against all his round robin opponents, Djokovic holds an unbeaten record over Goffin having prevailed in all four of their previous meetings - with the Belgian having only claimed one set across those defeats. They have only clashed once in 2016, where Goffin took Djokovic to a first set tie-break before succumbing in straights.
What the players say
Novak Djokovic: "I have never felt unbeatable, and I never will. First of all, it's not my mindset. Second, I don't think it's fair to say you're unbeatable. There are few athletes ever in their career that have retired unbeatable. I did have a certain periods of my career, especially in the last five years, when I really felt very confident on the court, and I was dominating the play, winning many tournaments in a row, matches in a row.
"In terms of consecutive matches, it would probably be 2011 when I won 42, 43 matches in a row. That felt great obviously. You can't kind of rely on that fact and think like that's going to be the case always. But knowing that I have done it helped me to do maybe half of that a few times. I guess even 10, 15, 20 matches in a row is pretty good. I'll accept that."
Head-to-head record: Djokovic 4-0 Goffin. Last match Miami Masters (hard) Djokovic bt Goffin 7-6 6-4
Previous meetings at the ATP World Tour Finals: N/A