Djokovic will be the cynosure

The third-ranked Serb is scheduled to meet Federer in the semifinals at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and would surpass the Swiss in the global rankings should he win that encounter.

For Djokovic, though, the rankings will take care of themselves. He is much more concerned with staying fit and maintaining his superb early-season form. "I want to take one tournament at a time," the 23-year-old told reporters in the build-up to the first Masters Series event of the year. "I've been talking about my goals too many times in the past years and right now I just want to be playing consistently well.

"I want to keep up the good form that I have, stay fit and just take care of my health and my physical condition. I've done it really well in the last two months ... I know that if I feel and play this way, I have a good chance to stay in the top three," added the Serb.

Djokovic has been the dominant figure in the men's game this year. Helped by a much improved serve, the Serb has signalled he is a genuine third force at the top of men's tennis — along with Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal.

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