Novak Djokovic says his record-equalling year-end world number one has some sadness attached to it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Djokovic has had another fine year on the ATP Tour and has capped it off by tying his childhood hero Pete Sampras for six year-end world number ones.
He picked up his trophy at the ATP Finals on Sunday, but admitted that world events and the suffering of others had taken some of the shine off his own personal achievement.
“Obviously very fulfilling, I’m very proud and overwhelmed with joyful and happy emotions,” Djokovic said.
“It’s a team effort, I probably couldn’t have done it without the team, the support and trust I have from them, the love and support I have from my family. I try not to take that for granted.
“I’m very grateful to all of them. I am happy but at the same time I have a bit of a mix of emotions.
“This year has been very different. There was a six-month gap between tournaments because of this virus and a lot of people around the world have been experiencing hard times so my heart goes to all of them.
“That’s why I’m a bit torn with being happy and also being sad.”
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