Novak Djokovic: Breaking childhood idol Pete Sampras’ record feels surreal

Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has admitted that breaking a Pete Sampras record meant a lot.to him..

Djokovic, 34, secured a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish..

Sampras, a former world No..1 and the play to who Djokovic was looking up to as a kid, had six year-end No. 1 finishes. 

After beating Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semifinal, Djokovic made it past Sampras on the list of most year-end No. 1 finishes. 

“Beaking the record of Pete Sampras, who was my childhood hero, growing up. You know, he was the one that I looked up to the most. He was the one that got me going with tennis,” Djokovic told Eurosport. “To break his record, at times, feels surreal. You know, to be really where I am. And I am blessed and grateful to be in this position.”

Djokovic keeps breaking record 

This season, Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors..

Also, Djokovic made it past Federer for most weeks as world No. 1 and last week became the player with most Masters titles..

“But it feels difficult to comprehend, I think, the magnitude of all the achievements while you’re still an active player. Because you always have to look for the next challenge – what’s the next tournament – so you keep going. I guess I’ll be able to enjoy the success a bit more once I stop playing,” Djokovic explained.

Earlier this year, Djokovic captured a record ninth Australian Open title after beating Daniil Medvedev in the final..

“When you start with the Australian Open win at the beginning of the year, in the first month of the season – which I have been very fortunate to do so for nine years – that puts you already in a driving position for the year-end number one for the race,” Djokovic noted.

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