Tennis great Novak Djokovic said he has realised his childhood dream as he went on to match Pete Sampras's record for the most number of year-end NO. 1 titles. Djokovic finished on top of the men's singles standings for the 6th time, thereby equalling the American great's record.
Novak Djokovic was confirmed of the year-end World No. 1 spot when the Sofia event draw was published on Friday. French Open champion Rafaeel Nadal, who was the only man who could have toppled Djokovic from the top spot, opted not to play in the ATP 250 event.
Novak Djokovic has held the year-end No. 1 crown in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020. Djokovic, despite missing out on US Open crown and losing the French Open final, finished with a Grand Slam title and 2 ATP Masters 1000 crowns apart from the ATP Cup title with Serbia.
"Pete was somebody I looked up to when I was growing up, so to match his record is a dream come true. I will also keep striving to be a better player, hopefully have more success and break more records in a sport I love with all my heart," Djokovic said, as quoted by the ATP.
Djokovic has a chance to break Roger Federer's record of most weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. The Serb, who will enter his 294th week as the No. 1 on Monday, will go past Federer's record if he stays on top until March 8, 2021.
Djokovic has a cushion of 1980 points over 2nd-placed Nadal on the ATP men's singles charts.