Andy Murray made a huge statement by winning the European Open title last weekend and Novak Djokovic has set him an even greater target.
The Brit underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the start of the year and has been slowly rebuilding his fitness.
The three-time Grand Slam winner is now nearing full health and expectations are gradually beginning to rise once again.
Djokovic was quizzed on Murray’s comeback during his pre-Paris Masters press conference.
“Well, I'll answer your second question first: I sincerely hope so,” Djokovic said in response to if Murray could be a dangerous player next season.
“I hope that he can be in contention for the top spot because tennis would profit from that and benefit.
“Because we know how big of a legacy he left behind and he is still creating for himself.
“So knowing what he has been through in the last three years, it was really nice to see him win a title after a long time.
“And only he knows the adversities that he had to face physically but also mentally.
“I know the discipline and the ethics that he has and how hardworking he is, so he definitely deserves it. And I would definitely wish him all the best.”
Murray is taking a well-deserved month off following his triumph in Antwerp.
He will return to action when he represents Great Britain at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
In the meantime, Djokovic and Nadal are locked in a battle to finish the year as world No 1.
“Of course am in the race for No 1 with Rafa. He's in a much better position, but I hope I can do well in this tournament,” Djokovic added.
“In order to have a chance, you know, for year-end No. 1, I have to win all of my matches till the end of the season, which I'm aware of. But, again, also, you know, it depends on him, how he does.
“So these kind of calculations are never really great for mentality of a player, and they take away vital energy that you need to use for your performance, so I prefer not really think about it too much.”