In the crucial moments of a season or before very prestigious tournaments in which you have to get the best level of your tennis, the champions always respond. Novak Djokovic managed to win the Nitto ATP Finals for the sixth time in his career, confirming that he is definitely one of the best tennis players in the world.
The Serb did not lose a single match during the event held at the PalaAlpitour in Turin and only dropped one set in the group stage against Russian Daniil Medvedev. During the press conference after his straight-set win over Norwegian Casper Ruud, the Belgrade native was asked if he thinks he is the best player in the world.
Nole did not hesitate to answer and stated: “I am not. I am fifth (kidding a little). This week probably yes. In general, the ranking shows who has had the best year and Alcaraz is number 1 in the world.” There is not much to say about it, ”she stressed.
He then continued: “In my mind I always see myself as the best player in the world, of course. I have that kind of mentality and that kind of approach. Regardless of who is on the other side of the net, what is the surface.” , what season is it, what number of the pro season are we facing in my career, I mean, it’s always the same.
Ambitions are the highest possible. I think that kind of approach has led to me sitting here today, at the age of 35, with one of the biggest trophies in the sport.” I still feel motivated. I feel good in my body and I take care of myself.
It all starts with emotions, for me this is really love and passion. While I’m there, I will do everything in my power to challenge the youngsters for the biggest trophies,” Djokovic concluded.
Djokovic won the ATP Finals in Turin
In that context, former US Open runner-up Greg Rusedski believes Novak Djokovic is looking more at Court’s record than Nadal’s current tally.
“I mean, let’s not forget that Martina Navratilova won her last Wimbledon title at 39, so I see Novak out there if she’s healthy for another four or five years, so imagine how many more Slams she’ll have under her belt.
I don’t think he wants to get the men’s record, I think he wants to get the all-time record. Margaret Court 24. Serena 23, she wants to be 25,” Greg Rusedski said while speaking to Prime Video. “There’s no question about it,” Rusedski said.
“He would have won it this year if he was allowed to play. He won it nine times, that’s his best Slam. There’s no question about it. Djokovic is just a step up, he’s just a world-class player, he’s got all the assets, he’s got everything you need”.