Andre Agassi's former coach and Coco Gauff's current coach Brad Gilbert declared Novak Djokovic's astonishing 2023 season as "potentially the best year on men's tour in 50 years." This year, 36-year-old Djokovic made all four Grand Slam finals and added three Slams to his collection to become the first-ever man with 24 Majors.
Since the French Open, Djokovic has made five consecutive finals and won four titles - his only loss came in the Wimbledon final against Carlos Alcaraz. On Sunday, Djokovic kicked off just his 12th tournament of the season at the ATP Finals.
By beating Holger Rune in his Turin opener, Djokovic also sealed his record-extending eighth Year-End No 1 finish. Earlier this year, Djokovic set a new record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot by male or female.
If Djokovic wins the ATP Finals, he will also become the first-ever player with seven titles at the season-ending tournament.
Gilbert on Djokovic's astonishing year
"This is the 50th year of the ATP Tour. Novak Djokovic his amazing 8th number one finish, 27-1 in slams, missed 4 hardcourt 1000’s hasn’t lost before finals since May, at 36 years young I will put this as best year potentially on men’s tour in 50 years," Gilbert wrote on X.
When Djokovic arrived in Turin, he simply stated that he loves competing and that's one of the reasons why he is still playing.
this is 50th year of @atptour Djoker @DjokerNole his amazing 8th number one ☝️ finish, 27-1 in slams, missed 4 hardcourt 1000’s hasn’t lost before finals since May, at 36 years young i will put this as best year potentially on men’s tour in 50 years — Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) November 13, 2023
“I also love competing, I love the sport. That’s my greatest motivation really, because I’ve made a lot of records, I’ve broken a lot of records and it’s great. But even if I leave professional tennis now and reflect on everything I’ve done, I can be extremely, extremely satisfied.
So I don’t have a pressure to keep on competing, but I still have desire and still have the level," Djokovic said in Turin.
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