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.”
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.”
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.