Novak Djokovic says his new world number one record is the result of ‘years’ of hard work, but it still hasn’t really sank in.
Djokovic has surpassed Roger Federer’s previous total of most weeks spent at world number one to achieve a major career goal of his.
Serbia have been paying their own tribute to Djokovic, holding a public celebration to make his achievement, and he has thanked everyone for their support.
“This is the success of the whole nation,” Djokovic said.
“I started this morning with my daily routines. I knew it was a special day, but I didn’t have a sense of how important everything was until I started getting calls and messages.
“I still have great motivation to keep recording top results. It will only be a few years before I realize how successful this is.”
“When I was seven, I dreamed of winning Wimbledon and being the best in the world. I fell in love with tennis, and I’m trying to play with the same love and passion today.
“I’ve worked for years to be where I am. If I said I wasn’t thinking about that record I would be lying.
“The two biggest dreams of every tennis player are to win the most grand slams and to be the most in the first place. I achieved one, now we are working on another goal.”
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