Henin: Novak Djokovic will be competitive as long as there are records to break

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin couldn’t even find a proper word to describe what Novak Djokovic has accomplished is year. 

Djokovic, 34, won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, broke the record for most Masters titles captured, for the most weeks spent as world No. 1 and is now set to finish the year ranked at No. 1 for a record seventh time. 

“What he’s done this year, the regularity, the consistency, the fact that he’s been there…one can’t imagine what that means in today’s men’s tennis,” Henin told Eurosport.

“After that it is so hard to mobilise yourself again. We could have wondered after the US Open, ‘so now, what with Novak Djokovic?’ But Novak Djokovic, he’s still hungry. The Australian Open, obviously that’s still a question, but he wants to win Grand Slams. There are records to break and as long as there are records to break, Novak Djokovic will be competitive.”

Djokovic won Paris but that wasn’t his main goal 

Djokovic came to the Paris Masters determined to put up a strong run and secure a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish. 

Djokovic secured a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish after beating Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinal and then beat Daniil Medvedev in the final for a record 37th Masters title.

“He said that he was able to play so freely in the [Paris] final because he was guaranteed to finish this season as the world No 1. I remember, it counts, it is meaningful and you go on holiday and you’re happy, you’re light and you have a sense of accomplishment, you’ve done your job well. It’s a very, very special feeling. And there was a lot of pressure on him. This week, in Bercy, he managed wonderfully well,” Henin continued.

“I found him really relaxed at the end of the final. He was able to free himself to go and get this title. So, there are the big long-term goals for Novak Djokovic or at the same time, you have to be able to set new, smaller, shorter-term goals all the time. And that’s where he’s very, very good, because you can feel that he’s totally driven by this quest.”

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