His instagram feed has changed so much in the years. I get that he is more of a family guy now.Yes, he stupidly played an exhibition instead of playing a tourney to get ranking points. He hit a wall but played doubles then collapsed in year end championship. He had only 16 counted events. He didn’t desire the #1 ranking. Strange.
Yes he needs every week he can. Of course he is going to play Dubai, he cannot just sit around and let Nadal get back to #1 with exploits in Acapulco. Djokovic cannot afford any weeks NOT at #1He said after the AO final that this year and next, he will play to his maximum and then slow down and play certain events only. I really think he wants to break the weeks at number 1 record this season.