ATP hail Novak Djokovic as ‘simply incredible’ after he equals 22-year-old Pete Sampras record

Novak Djokovic has achieved something ‘simply incredible’ in winning his sixth year-end world number one, says ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi. 

Djokovic was all but assured to finish the year on top of the rankings after Vienna last week, although he has now been officially crowed by the APT ahead of a trophy presentation at the Tour Finals later this month.

It is the sixth time the Serbian has won the coveted accolade, tying him with Pete Sampras at the top of the all-time list.

And, as far as Gaudenzi is concerned, it is testament to Djokovic’s consistency and quality.

“To finish the year as No.1 is one of the most impressive achievements in our sport, one which requires sustained excellence across the season,” said Gaudenzi.

“To see Novak achieve this for the sixth time and match Pete’s record is simply incredible, and he continues to cement his place in the history books.”

The record will hold extra significance for Djokovic, who idolised Sampras from the age of six.

“Pete was somebody I looked up to when I was growing up, so to match his record is a dream come true,” Djokovic said.

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘My dream is to be like Roger Federer,’ says world’s top junior as he sets out to make his mark

Holger Rune, the world's top ranked junior player, has set his sights on emulating his 'greatest idol' Roger Federer. Rune was born just weeks before...

‘Roger Federer has five main goals for 2021,’ says Grand Slam legend

Bjorn Borg, who has developed a close relationship with Roger Federer through the Laver Cup, says the Swiss star has five main goals for...

REMEMBER WHEN: Great Britain tried to recruit a teenage Novak Djokovic

There can be little room for doubt that Novak Djokovic and Serbia are intrinsically intertwined, such is the passion with which the world number...

‘Every time I lose I’m getting told to retire’ – Andy Murray lifts lid on mental struggles

Andy Murray has lifted the lid on the mental torments associated with his attempted comeback from hip surgery. Murray was world number one when the...

‘Roger Federer will slowly work his way back on Tour,’ says agent as he explains Miami withdrawal

Roger Federer is skipping the Miami Open to do a 'training block' to assess how his knee stands up to his Doha comeback, says...

‘Novak Djokovic is just stronger than everybody else and people won’t admit it,’ says coach

Goran Ivanisevic has described Novak Djokovic as a 'rock' mentally, saying he especially thrives when written off. Djokovic won his 18th Grand Slam title at...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here