Novak Djokovic: I’m thrilled and overwhelmed with wonderful emotions

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic said finishing the year as No. 1 means the world to him. 

Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, overcame Hubert Hurkacz in three sets in the Paris Masters semifinal to earn a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish. 

“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.”

Jim Courier praises Djokovic 

Earlier this year, Djokovic made it past Roger Federer on the all-time list for most weeks spent as No. 1. 

Now, Djokovic holds the record for the most year-end finishes at No. 1. 

“It’s so remarkable that Novak has been able to track these guys down and now leapfrog them in a number of vital categories, seven times year-end No. 1 and running away with the weeks at No. 1 as well,” Courier said. 

Djokovic is now a win away from winning his sixth Paris title. 

Djokovic made it all the way at the Paris Masters in 2019 but didn’t defend his title last year. 

Djokovic will be battling defending Paris champion Daniil Medvedev in the final. 

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