ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said it’s “hard to describe” what Novak Djokovic has accomplished after the Serb secured a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish.
On Saturday, Djokovic beat Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semfiinal to clinch the year-end No. 1 spot for the seventh time in his career.
No player has now finished the year at No. 1 more than Djokovic.
Daniil Medvedev achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 in March but Djokovic hasn’t allowed him to overtake him at No. 1.
“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. Novak deserves huge credit and recognition for continuing to redefine excellence in our sport, year after year,” Gaudenzi said.
Djokovic couldn’t hide his happiness
After securing the year-end No. 1 spot, Djokovic admitted he was so happy as he accomplished the goal he had for this week.
“It means the world to me,” Djokovic told Prakash Amritraj of Tennis Channel. “Obviously, I’m thrilled and overwhelmed with wonderful emotions. This was a goal for the end of the season, it was my biggest motivation this week.
“I felt obviously pressure, but pressure is always there. As Billie Jean [King] says, it’s a privilege and it means you’re doing something that you love and you care about something when you feel it. I know how much dedication and work and care went into achieving his historic seven times year-end No. 1, not just for myself but the family, team, everyone around me. It’s amazing to be able to clinch that prior to the finals. Obviously, I’m going to feel a bit more relaxed coming into the finals but playing Zverev or Medvedev, arguably two guys that are in the best shape right now so I’m looking forward to that one.”