Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will enter the new season with 20 Major titles on their tallies. Nonetheless, Novak has conquered many other records to distance himself from the most formidable rivals, moving closer to 350th week as world no.
1 and celebrating the record-breaking seventh year-end no. 1 honor. Novak won the 37th Masters 1000 title in Paris a couple of weeks ago and left all the rivals behind him ahead of the ATP Finals in Turin, earning that seventh year-end no.
1 title and leaving his idol Pete Sampras on six. Pete was a player to beat between 1993-1999, always doing his best to finish the season at the top and considering this one of his most outstanding achievements. Now, the American stands second behind the mighty Serb, who had an incredible season at Majors, winning 27 out of 28 matches and barely missing a chance to achieve a calendar Grand Slam.
Praising Novak and everything he has accomplished in the previous decade. Sampras called him the greatest player of all time, placing Djokovic above Federer and Nadal and reminding he has dominated both rivals.
Pete Sampras considers Novak Djokovic as the greatest player of all time.
"I was 'The Man' for those number of years, and Novak has been 'The Man' even more so.
I think he's been more consistent, he's won more events, he's got more Majors. I could go on and on talking about his career. I do not think you will see seven year-end no. 1 seasons again. In my case, it wasn't fun to stay at the top for all those years; I'll be honest with you.
Staying on top of the game, year after year, as Novak can understand, it's very hard. To do it six years in a row was my most significant achievement. What Novak has done over the past ten years – I could give you all the adjectives, I mean, I don't know what to say.
He's willing to change and learn about himself; he's always looking to get better. I've been so impressed with his transformation. From being a very talented young athlete, mentally a little fragile, to be where he is today is pretty cool to see, just sitting and watching him from the couch.
Novak must see these seven year-end no. 1 finishes as a bonus to all the Majors he has won. I think he'll appreciate it more as he gets older. He did it while dominating two great players, Roger and Rafa, and he handled the next generation of players very well – all at the same time.
I do think what Novak has done over the past decade - winning Majors, being consistent, finishing No. 1 for seven years - for me, it's a clear sign that he is the greatest player of all time," Pete Sampras said.