World No.1 Iga Swiatek congratulated Novak Djokovic on winning his sixth ATP Finals title. On Sunday, Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud 7-5 6-4 to tie Roger Federer's record of six ATP Finals titles. Swiatek, who is currently on vacation, appeared to watch the final in Turin.
"What a fighter. Amazing achievement @DjokerNole. Congratulations!" Swiatek tweeted. Even at 35 years old, Djokovic is still dominating and is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world. After winning the ATP Finals, Djokovic clarified what drives him to continue playing at this level.
"For me it is still the hunger that someone asked me about. It is the love for the game, without a doubt. The passion. "I love the game. I said it already. Of course, make history of the sport of tennis, which of course is my favorite sport, the sport that has given me so many privileges in life and benefits.
Why not give it a try? Why not dream about it? I have no problem verbalizing that I have big goals, that I want to be the best, that I want to win every tournament. I don't think that's not humble, I just think it's important to respect everyone in the game, but still have confidence in yourself.
I don't see anything wrong with it," Djokovic said. The 2022 season was not easy at all for Djokovic, but that did not stop him from ending the year on a very positive note. After missing two Grand Slams and four Masters, Djokovic put a strong end to the 2022 season.
In October, Djokovic won back-to-back titles at the Tel Aviv Open and Astana Open.
Woodbridge praises Djokovic
Former Australian tennis player Todd Woodbridge has insisted that it is essential for tournaments to have the best players such as Novak Djokovic.
“I think that's the best scenario for the tournament because we want the best players playing at the Australian Open,” Woodbridge said. “What goes into the Open in terms of the build-up, prize money, what it does to our reputation around the world — we want the very best to be allowed to come here and allowed to play.
And given the fact that Novak has won it nine times, he goes into it now as a heavy favorite after not being allowed to play this year,” he added. “In my mind, the rankings this year are so skewed. He is still the No. 1 player in the world and to have him back is really important,” Woodbridge said.