Novak Djokovic: Daniil Medvedev was close to overtaking me at No. 1

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic credits his consistency at the Grand Slam and Masters level for his record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking. 

Djokovic, 34, clinched a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish following his win over Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semifinal..

Djokovic has been outstanding at the Grand Slam level this year, winning it all at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. 

Djokovic’s lone Masters title of the season came in Paris last week..

Also, Djokovic ended runner-up at the US Open and Rome Masters. 

“Accumulating the most points at the Grand Slams and Masters 1000 events, that’s what counts the most, so to say. And I’ve been lucky to really play my best tennis at the events where I could collect as many points – that actually enabled me to be in this position,” Djokovic told Eurosport. 

Djokovic admitted Daniil Medvedev was a real threat 

Medvedev climbed up to a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world in March. 

Since then, Djokovic has been battling to prevent the Russian from becoming the world No. 1. 

After winning the US Open, Medvedev’s chances of ending the year at No. 1 improved. 

However, Djokovic delivered in Paris and secured a record seventh year-end No. 1 finish. 

“I have not played as many tournaments as most of my other rivals. But Medvedev winning the US Open this year – he was close. So you know, I wanted to end the season strong,” Djokovic said.

After winning the Paris Masters, Djokovic is hoping to make it all the way for the sixth time at the Nitto ATP Finals.

“Historically I had plenty of success indoors; I played well, won the title here in Paris Bercy five times and in the season finale – the World Tour Finals – as well. Over the years, I played very well. So I kind of liked my chances, coming into the indoor season finale,” Djokovic remarked.

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