Eurosport analyst Tim Henman is certain that winning his 22nd grand slam is far more important to Djokovic than being ranked number one in the world.
The Serbian can do both with a win on Sunday but one goal is far more important. It's fairly clear why as it's the far bigger achievement and makes a greater impact on his legacy. Nadal has 22 grand slams and the victory would tie him with the Spaniard. Discussing it on Eurosport, Henman explained:
“There’s a couple of numbers [after reaching the final]. The 10th Australian Open title, and the scenario of getting back to number one in the rankings, but the most important is 22; that is what his career is about. He’s given himself another opportunity. It wasn’t the best match he’s played [against Paul], but it’s about finding a way. He sounds very ready for whatever Tsitsipas can throw at him.”
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It's also about adding to his legacy at the Australian Open. He won it 9 times, winning it a 10th time would be iconic. He never lost a final either so the match is a pretty big one for Djokovic.