After the quarterfinal match in the 2020 Vienna Open between World No.1 Novak Djokovic and unseeded Lorenzo Sonego, Instagram and Twitter have been flooded with the comments like, "Novak let Lorenzo win" and many more on the same terms. One comment caught my attention which is "He just entered the tournament to stay on Rank 1 and he would better save his energy for Nitto ATP Finals (which is scheduled later this year in London)". However, Novak himself commented that Sonego had outplayed him yesterday.
Why did he need to enter this current tournament in Vienna to save his position? He could have done without it, I mean he lost, so his points will be somewhat deducted, won't it be? So why come and lose, when you can entirely sit and relax and prepare for upcoming matches?