Novak Djokovic: Difficult for me to understand the magnitude of these achievements

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has broken two major records this year but he doesn’t want to pick between the two. 

Earlier this year, Djokovic made it past Roger Federer for the most weeks spent as world No. 1. 

O Saturday, Djokovic beat Hubert Hurkacz to secure the year-end No. 1 finish for a record seventh time in his career. 

“I don’t want to pick any. You know, I think every record stands for itself. You know, I value all the records and achievements greatly. You know, being historically No. 1 ranked player in the world is probably the paramount achievement of our sport,” Djokovic explained.

Djokovic understands he is in ‘unique position’

“I try to make myself aware of the fact that, you know, I am in a very unique position. It’s difficult for me to understand the magnitude of these achievements, you know, not just for myself but for the sport while I’m still an active player. Probably when I retire, I’ll be able to reflect on that a little bit more and appreciate it a little bit more,” Djokovic said. 

“Of course I’m very appreciative and grateful for it now, but, you know, what is the next challenge is always in your mind while you are an active player. It’s constantly another task, another tournament. So don’t have really much time to enjoy the success, so to say, because you always have to turn the next page.”

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said it’s “hard to describe” what Djokovic is doing in “this incredible era of men’s tennis.”

“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. 

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