Novak Djokovic secures year-end No. 1 spot for record seventh time, surpassing Pete Sampras


With his 3-6 6-0 7-6 victory over Hubert Hurkacz within the semifinals of the Paris Masters, Djokovic strikes away from Pete Sampras, who completed the yr as world No. 1 six instances between 1993 and 1998.

The 34-year-old Djokovic, who faces Daniil Medvedev within the Paris Masters closing on Sunday, has beforehand been topped the year-end No. 1 in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

“Just proud and extremely happy,” was Djokovic’s response to the report.

“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.”

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Djokovic celebrates victory against Hurkacz at the Paris Masters.

He added: “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.”

The closing of the Paris Masters will probably be a repeat of this year’s men’s US Open final when Medvedev ended Djokovic’s hopes of successful a calendar grand slam. World No. 2 Medvedev cruised previous Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-2 in his semifinal on Saturday to arrange the conflict.

Were he to beat Medvedev, then 20-time grand slam champion Djokovic would break one other report in Paris by shifting away from Rafael Nadal together with his thirty seventh Masters 1000 title.

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Earlier this yr, Djokovic broke Roger Federer’s report of 310 mixed weeks as the lads’s world No. 1 — a feat he told CNN was “like a crown of all the achievements that I had in last 15 or 15 plus years of [my] professional tennis career.”

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