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Novak Djokovic continues his quest to regain the world No 1 ranking with a World Tour Finals semi-final showdown against Kei Nishikori. Wayne Rooney England Jersey . The Serb saw his 122-week grasp at the top of the rankings ended by Andy Murray in Paris almost a fortnight ago, but he can reclaim the position depending on the outcome this week.First he must overcome Japans Nishikori and with a dominant 10-2 record in the head to head he will start Saturdays semi-final in confident fashion, especially after a week that has seen him return to somewhere close to top form. Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori have met in two finals this year - on Saturday they meet for a place in the World Tour Finals showpiece Djokovic lost his opening set of the week to Dominic Thiem last Sunday but recovered to win the match in three sets and followed up with another pair of victories over Milos Raonic and alternate David Goffin,He had to come through an epic content against Raonic, eventually prevailing 7-6 7-6 while he had little trouble against late replacement Goffin who was dispatched 6-1 6-2.Nishikoris last four place had already been assured after Murrays straight sets win over Stan Wawrinka earlier in the day. Having begun the week with a superb victory over Wawrinka, Nishikori lost his next two matches.Having pushed Andy Murray close in his second match before losing in three sets, he ended the group stages with another three-set defeat, losing to Marin Cilic in three sets on Friday night. World Tour Finals - Story So Far Novak Djokovic Kei Nishikori beat Dominic Thiem 6-7 6-0 6-2 beat Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 beat Milos Raonic 7-6 7-6 lost Andy Murray 7-6 4-6 4-6 beat David Goffin 6-1 6-2 lost Marin Cilic 6-4 2-6 3-6 John McEnroe talks about the price of ending the year as the world No 1 While world No 5 Nishikori has been in fantastic form this season, reaching his second and third Masters finals as well as his second Grand Slam semi-final, he will have to overcome a run of form against Djokovic that has seen him lose his last nine matches against the Serb.Djokovic has won all five of their meetings this year, including victory in both the Canada and Miami Masters finals, while Nishikori has won just three sets in their contests since his last win, a memorable US Open semi-final success in 2014. Kei Nishikori has come as close as anyone to beating Andy Murray this week, losing in three sets in the group stage The pair have twice met at the O2, Djokovic winning in the group stage in both 2014 and last year where he was a 6-1 6-1 victor.The signs are ominous for Nishikori but the 26-year-old appears to be relishing the challenge against the very best these days and a win would see him beat his semi-final performance of his World Tour Finals debut a couple of years ago. Djokovic v Nishikori met in the Miami final earlier this year Djokovic v Nishikori met in the Miami final earlier this year As ever it will be a doubles match which kicks off the evening and after confirmation of their world No 1 ranking, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares will hope to book a final place when they face Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen.Murrays position as the year-end No 1 was confirmed when the French pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Hubert lost their third group game of the week on Friday.Murray and Soares claimed the Australian and US Open titles and have won two of the three matches the pair have played.Follow all the action from the O2 on Saturday when the action begins on Sky Sports 3 from 12pm and 4pm or via our live blog here at www.skysports.com/tennis. Also See: World No 1 permutations Djokovic hammers Goffin John Stones Jersey . Hoffman, the former star closer, will evaluate and help co-ordinate all pitchers at Double-A, Triple-A and the big league team. Byrnes says Hoffman "will be a key part of finishing the development of our younger pitchers. Danny Welbeck Jersey .Y. - Major League Soccer is prepared to start its season this weekend even if there isnt a labour deal with its referees and other on-field officials. http://www.englandsoccerauthority.com/theo-walcott-england-jersey/ . It was just time for him to make a big play. Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and the Trail Blazers overcame poor-shooting nights by two of their best players in a 94-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.Jamaica, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Sporting their first Top-25 ranking since 2001, the now 24th-ranked St. Johns Red Storm begin a four-game homestand starting with Wednesday evenings clash with the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Steve Lavins Red Storm have already enjoyed a great deal of home cooking, playing six of their first seven games as the home team. St. Johns has won six of its first seven games and enters this contest off a 69-57 road win at Syracuse last weekend. The teams lone loss on the season was a 73-66 setback to Top-10 foe Gonzaga as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Greg Herendas second season at FDU hasnt exactly gotten off to a fast start. The Knights are sitting one game under .500 at 3-4 and have dropped three of their four road contests to date. Overall, the team has lost four of its last five games and enters this game off a 75-57 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. St. Johns has won all 11 previous meetings with FDU. The last meeting took place in 2007, a 92-67 rout at Carnesecca Arena. The Knights did some nice things in their loss to Notre Dame, but could not overcome a 10-point deficit at the half and ultimately fell by 18 to the Irish on their home floor. FDU was able to hold Notre Dame to its second-lowest scoring output of the season. Senior Mustafaa Jones led the way for Fairleigh Dickinson with 16 points. Freshman Marques Townes added 11 points in 20 minutes of work off the bench, while junior Xavier Harris (6 pts), grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Offensive proficiency has not been a strength for FDU this season, as the team enters this game averaging a modest 65.4 ppg on just . Chris Smalling Jersey. 408 shooting. In addition, the Knights are in the negative in terms of rebounding (-5.9) and turnover (-1.Cool margins. Three of the five starters are averaging double figures in the scoring column, starting with Mustafaas 15.6 ppg. Matt MacDonald and Darian Anderson arent far behind at 13.9 and 10.1 ppg, respectively. Unfortunately, the scoring pool dries up fast after that, as Harris ranks fourth on the team in scoring at just 6.9 ppg. The Red Storm rely heavily on the starting five this season. The team is averaging a modest 73.1 ppg, but is allowing just 62.9, while holding a +4.6 rebounding edge and averaging 7.0 blocks per game. DAngelo Harrison may only shoot .387 from the floor, but he has team-highs of 16 3-pointers and 41 made free-throws to tally a team-best 18.4 ppg. Rysheed Jordan pours in 15.3 ppg, followed by Phil Greene IV (11.7 ppg) and SirDominic Pointer (10.4 ppg). Big man Chris Obekpa isnt much of a scorer (6.7 ppg), but he is a monster inside, averaging 9.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game. The Red Storm used a 17-2 run late in the game to power past Syracuse at the Carrier Dome last weekend and earn an impressive 12-point road win. Greene was instrumental in the victory, scoring 11 straight points during the run. Greene finished with 18 points, but was outdone at the offensive end by Harrison, who led all scorers with 24 points. Harrison was 6-of-12 from the floor, with four 3-pointers, while going a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Obekpa had just five points in the win, but did grab a game-high 16 rebounds and blocked four shots. 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