Nov 13, 2023, 09:07 ET
“Being No. 1 in the world is the ultimate dream for any tennis player”
Novak Djokovic expressed this sentiment on Monday as he received the trophy that officially crowns him as the world No. 1 at the conclusion of the 2023 season. This remarkable achievement came after his victorious debut at the Nitto ATP Finals.
An Emotional Moment in Turin
The most poignant moment took place in Turin, just before the match between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev, which marked the first clash of the Red Group. Djokovic, dressed casually, was acknowledged on center court and received a thunderous applause from the crowd.
A Historic Eighth Time
This is not just another accomplishment for Djokovic; it is his eighth time reaching the pinnacle of the tennis world. What sets this achievement apart is that he has become the first player in ATP history to hold the top ranking for a total of 400 weeks. Despite exchanging the top spot with Alcaraz seven times this year, Djokovic ultimately emerged as the undisputed leader.
Achieving Grand Slam Glory and World No. 1
“Winning Grand Slam titles and being ranked No. 1 is the ultimate aspiration,” Djokovic stated. “I am blessed to have such a dedicated team supporting me in achieving these goals. I am incredibly proud of this momentous event,” he added during the trophy presentation.
Continuing the Streak at the ATP Finals
The 24-time Grand Slam champion, fresh off his triumph at the Paris Masters 1000, now proudly holds his 40th trophy in tournaments of that caliber. Djokovic’s next challenge is to defend his title at the ATP Finals, where he has already become the oldest player to claim victory.
Stay tuned for exclusive coverage of the ATP Finals in Turin 2023 on ESPN and STAR+.