Novak Djokovic clinches year-end No. 1 spot for record seventh time, beating Pete Sampras

With his 3-6 6-0 7-6 victory over Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semifinals, Djokovic is moving away from Pete Sampras, who finished the year as world No. 1 six times between 1993 and 1998.

The 34-year-old Djokovic, who faces Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday, has previously been crowned No. 1 at the end of the year in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

“Just proud and extremely happy,” was Djokovic’s reaction to the record.

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

Djokovic celebrates victory over Hurkacz at the Paris Masters.

He added: “Doing it for a record seventh time and surpassing my childhood idol and role model Pete is amazing. So grateful, so blessed to be in this position.”

The final of the Paris Masters will be a repeat of final of this year’s US Open men’s when Medvedev killed Djokovic’s hopes of winning a calendar grand slam. World No. 2 Medvedev edged Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-2 in his semi-final on Saturday to set up the clash.

Should he beat Medvedev, then-20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic would break another record in Paris by walking away from Rafael Nadal with his 37th Masters 1000 title.

Earlier this year, Djokovic broke Roger Federer’s record of 310 combined weeks as men’s world No. 1, a feat. told CNN it was “like a crown of all the accomplishments I had in the last 15 or 15 years of [my] professional tennis career “.

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