Novak Djokovic will end this year as world number one for a record ending eighth time in his illustrious career. Djokovic won the opening match of ATP finals in Turin, Italy against Holger Rune, 7-6, 7-4, 6-7 and 6-3 in the last set.
The 36-year-old star needed just one win or a defeat for rival Carlos Alcaraz to secure top spot in year 2023. Novak Djokovic achieved the top position and win after a three-hour match in the Green Group clash against the talented debutant Holger Rune.
Djokovic having a run of 19 straight wins has won three grand slams in the running year, becoming all time record winner of winning 24 grand slam s in his superb career.
The 24 times grand slam winner came to the finals of ATP in Turin at back of a tittle win in Paris Masters, the 40th of his Master 100 event.
The Serbian tennis legend is looking to clinch his seventh Master tournament to add to his great list of records, this win will take him ahead of retired tennis legend Rojer Federer.
“It means a lot. You could see that there were a lot of emotions on the court,” said Djokovic.
“I could feel it, I was very eager to win the match and get that monkey off my back… Obviously a big objective, a big goal has been achieved, everything else now is a bonus.”
Novak Djokovic in his later stage of his career is showing no signs of stopping or even slowing down. Though he faced a tough time in the opening match against the debutant, but the superstar found ways to get through Rune, winning the game 3 sets to 1 in a three-hour encounter.
After winning a grand slam last year, a reporter asked Djokovic how does he do this at 35, on which Novak replied “35 is the new 25”.
This is the energy and spirit which is pushing him.