After his opening victory on Monday at the Nitto ATP final against Casper Ruud, Novak Djokovic was handed the 2021 year-end ATP no.1 trophy during a presentation on the track at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.
Novak clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP rankings for a record seventh time!
The Serbian star, who for the seventh time in the last 11 years (also 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020) finished as world No. 1, now has his childhood idol and role model Pete Sampras for most years passed. end no.1 ends in ATP rankings history.
“It’s an exciting sensation to break the record of Pete Sampras, who was my childhood hero when he was growing up,” Djokovic said. “He was the one I looked up to the most, the one who got me started with tennis. “Sometimes it seems surreal to really be where I am, and I am blessed and grateful to be in this position.”
Novak enjoyed another exceptional season, winning five titles, including three Grand Slam Championships (Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon), one ATP Masters 1000 crown (Rolex Paris Masters) and one triumph at an ATP 250 meeting (Belgrade Open 2). Djokovic also played finals of the Italian Open and the US Open.
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