ATP term Novak Djokovic as ‘simply incredible’ after he equals 22-year-old Pete Sampras record
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has secured the year-end number one positioning for a record-equaling 6th time after the Sofia Open draw was distributed on Friday.
The 33-year-old player rose to the record of his youth legend, American Pete Sampras, who finished six straight years at the zenith of men’s expert tennis somewhere in the range of 1993 and 1998. “Pete was somebody I looked up to when I was growing up, so to match his record is a dream come true,” the ATP site cited Djokovic as saying.
“I will also keep striving to be a better player, hopefully, have more success and break more records in a sport I love with all my heart,” he added.
The Serbian tennis star was the season-finishing champion in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2018.
“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 ATP chairman Andrea 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,” he added.
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