Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

Djokovic seals record-breaking achievement after reaching Paris Masters final

Novak Djokovic has “surpassed his childhood idol and role model” after ending the season as year-end number one for a record seventh time.

Djokovic overcame World number ten Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals, and will now face World number two and reigning Paris Masters champion Daniil Medvedev in the final, a repeat of the US Open final earlier this year.

Medvedev was the victor at the US Open and will be looking to defend his Paris Masters trophy, but Djokovic will also be chasing a record -breaking 37th ATP Masters 1000 title.

However, despite the top two ranked players competing in the final Djokovic will finish as the Year-End number one regardless of the result.

Djokovic has now finished the season as the Year-End number one for a record seventh time, surpassing 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras who achieved this feat six times. This also puts Djokovic two ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have both claimed this title five times.

On his monumental achievement, Djokovic said “[I’m] Just proud and extremely happy.

“Obviously that was one of the biggest goals and it’s always one of the biggest goals, to try to be number one and end the season as number one.

“To do it for the record seventh time and surpass my childhood idol and role model, Pete [Sampras], is incredible. Very grateful, very blessed to be in this position.

“This success is obviously shared with my family, my team, all the close people in my life that have been alongside me that still are there supporting me and also enabling me to keep paving the way, keep playing the sport that I love.”

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