Winning the year-end world number one for a record-equalling sixth time is a ‘phenomenal accomplishment’ by Novak Djokovic, says Greg Rusedski.
Djokovic will collect the trophy at the upcoming ATP Finals in London, which Rusedski will be covering as part of the Amazon Prime team.
It’s a record which is probably not getting the attention it deserves right now, but former US Open finalist Rusedski insists it is a hugely significant one – even if he still personally believes Sampras’ achievement is slightly more impressive.
“To get six year-end number ones is a phenomenal accomplishment, only Pete Sampras has done that,” Rusedski told the Press Association.
“Pete’s accomplishment is still ahead of Novak’s though because Pete did it six years in a row.”
Djokovic will equal another record if he wins the ATP Finals next week. He can claim his sixth title in the event – something only Roger Federer has done before.
And that, according to Rusedski, means we will see a very motivated Djokovic in London.
“I think Novak Djokovic is going to want to tie the record of six with Federer,” he said.
“I think he is fresh now. His main goal was to get to number one – he did that. He had that little dip in Vienna and didn’t play in Paris.
“But I think he is going to be motivated because he hasn’t won it in a long time and whether you like it or not these guys want records.
“Federer, Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal want to go down with the most slams, the most ATP Finals wins, the most Masters wins, that is what drives these three incredible legends of the game.”
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