Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou thought it was extremely important for Novak Djokovic to clinch the year-end No. 1 spot. On Saturday, Djokovic recovered from a set down to beat world No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-0 7-6 (5) in the Paris Masters semifinal.
Following his win over Hurkacz, Djokovic secured the year-end No. 1 finish. Djokovic is set now set to finish the year ranked at No. 1 for a record seventh time. "This one was so important for Novak. Year end No. 1 once again and fighting and winning in a pressure match...
His celebration at the end says it all," Mouratoglou tweeted.
Djokovic came to Paris with one goal
Earlier this year, Djokovic made it past Roger Federer on the all time list for most weeks spent at No. 1. Now, Djokovic has broken the record for most year-end No.
1 finishes. “It means the world to me,” Djokovic told Prakash Amritraj of Tennis Channel. “Obviously, I’m thrilled and overwhelmed with wonderful emotions. This was a goal for the end of the season, it was my biggest motivation this week.
“I felt obviously pressure, but pressure is always there. As Billie Jean [King] says, it’s a privilege and it means you’re doing something that you love and you care about something when you feel it. I know how much dedication and work and care went into achieving his historic seven times year-end No.
1, not just for myself but the family, team, everyone around me. It’s amazing to be able to clinch that prior to the finals. Obviously, I’m going to feel a bit more relaxed coming into the finals but playing Zverev or Medvedev, arguably two guys that are in the best shape right now so I’m looking forward to that one”.
After securing the year-end No. 1 finish, Djokovic recovered from a set down in the Paris Masters final to beat Daniil Medvedev and win his sixth Paris title.