World No.1 Novak Djokovic phenomenally dispatched Hubert Hurkacz in the gruelling three sets(3-6, 6-0, 7-6) to reach the final for the seventh time at the Rolex Paris Masters. Meanwhile, he has also secured the year-end No.1 for the seventh time.
“Just proud and extremely happy. Obviously, that was one of the biggest goals and it’s always one of the biggest goals, to try to be No. 1 and end the season as No. 1,” Djokovic said in the post-match interview.
Serb further continued, “To do it for the record seventh time and surpass my childhood idol and role model, Pete, is incredible. Very grateful, very blessed to be in this position.”
“Novak Deserves Huge Credit”: ATP Chairman Reflects on Novak Djokovic Year-End No.1 Record
Moreover, Djokovic has also broken a tie with his childhood idol Pete Sampras and achieved the feat in seven out of the last eleven seasons.
Speaking about Djokovic’s remarkable achievement, the ATP Chairman said, “Finishing the season as No. 1 is a monumental achievement. To do it seven times, in this incredible era of men’s professional tennis, is hard to describe.”
Andrea Gaudenzi added, “Novak deserves huge credit and recognition for continuing to redefine excellence in our sport, year after year. Congratulations to him and his team on this outstanding new milestone.”
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