Hubert Hurkacz’s coach Craig Boynton has tried to explain what distinguishes Novak Djokovic from the test.
This year, Djokovic tied Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for most Grand Slams won, broke the all-time Masters record, overtake Federer on the all-time list for most weeks spent at No. 1 and also clinched s record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking.
“The car just doesn’t arbitrarily go unless it’s Novak. He has so many reps and it’s just so second nature to him. Everybody else isn’t really there yet,” Boynton told the ATP Finals website.
In the Paris Masters semifinal, Djokovic edged out Hurkacz 3-6 6-0 7-6 (5).
“Novak won so many titles. He’s super solid in the tough moments. His return is incredible. He puts you a lot of pressure at any moment,” Hurkacz said after the loss.
Djokovic beat Hurkacz in an extremely important match
With the win over Hurkacz, Djokovic clinched a record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking.
“Just proud and extremely happy,” Djokovic said of clinching No. 1. “Obviously that was one of the biggest goals and it’s always one of the biggest goals, to try to be No. 1 and end the season as No. 1,” Djokovic said. “To do it for the record seventh time and surpass my childhood idol and role model, Pete, is incredible. Very grateful, very blessed to be in this position.”
Djokovic was playing in Paris his first tournament after the US Open final disappointment.
“I was not concerned much,” Djokovic said of the lack of match practice coming into the tournament.
“To be honest, I enjoyed my time off and spent plenty of time with my family and spent time at my tennis center in Serbia where I have a lot of work to do and some other things that occupy my time.
“I wasn’t bored without tennis, but I like competing so I was looking forward to coming to Paris and the biggest reason coming here was to clinch the year-end No. 1. Now that I managed to do it, it’s a huge relief, as well.”