Novak Djokovic is back in great style after losing in the US Open final. There were many who thought that the terrible New York joke could leave its mark on the mind of the Serbian, who saw the dream of realizing the 'Calendar Grand Slam' vanish (perhaps forever).
Should he triumph in the Big Apple, the world number 1 would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. The 20-time Grand Slam champion took a two-month break, taking the opportunity to recharge his batteries for the season finale.
Nole returned to the field last week in Paris-Bercy, one of his fiefdoms par excellence, where he won the title by recovering Daniil Medvedev in the last act. Thanks to this success, the 34-year-old from Belgrade posted the 37th Masters 1000 of his amazing career (beating Rafael Nadal).
Djokovic also ensured the mathematical certainty of ending the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever. Speaking on the Tennis Channel, Chanda Rubin praised Novak's incredible mental strength.
Rubin opens up on Novak Djokovic
"He (Novak Djokovic) can take over the top spot in terms of number of Masters 1000 titles," Rubin said.
"I mean it's always a record when Novak Djokovic walks out on to the court. The opportunity to set a new record - and it's been pretty impressive this year with all the pressure that he had on him, what he was playing under every Major, and he still won three and got to the final of the fourth one," Rubin said.
"I don't think we give him enough credit for that, we expect him to do well every time he walks out onto the court." Chanda Rubin also believes Djokovic finishing seven years as World No. 1 is a "tremendous achievement" given that he has had to fight for the position with Nadal and Federer in numerous seasons.
"I mean that is a tremendous achievement when you consider he is playing alongside Federer and Nadal who also have been World No. 1s at the end of the year," Rubin said. "It's phenomenal - seven years and counting!" Djokovic has broken a number of records this season.
After winning the first three Grand Slam titles this season, he has tied up with rivals Roger and Rafa on 20 titles each. During the season, he surpassed the Swiss maestro for being the World’s No. 1 player for the most number of weeks.
During the Paris Masters last week, he ended the year as the top-ranked player for a record 7th year.