World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continues his sensational form this season as he clinched his 6th Paris Masters title and 37th career ATP-1000 Masters title by defeating World No. 2 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the Paris Masters 2021. The Serbian won the tie 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to end the week with title no. 86 of his career.
Djokovic had already confirmed his place as the Year-end No. 1 after he won his semi-final tie and in the process also became the first male tennis player to end the year as World No. 1 for the 7th time, breaking Pete Sampras‘s record from 1998 when he finished as World No. 1 for 6 consecutive years starting from 1993.
As Novak’s forehand down the line captured him the title and he shared a hug with Medvedev on the net, Novak after doing his celebration ritual on all sides of the court threw his racquet and wrist bands into the crowd and rushed to the stands where his kids, son Stefan and daughter Tara were cheering on their dad’s victory and the trio shared a special moment on the court.
Speaking about having his kids witness his big wins and record-breaking titles, Djokovic said, “Very special. Very grateful and blessed to have this opportunity. It is one of the biggest reasons why I keep playing because I always dreamed of having my children in the stands.
“This is what life is all about, sharing these moments with the dear ones and my children are my greatest success and greatest treasures and I am just overwhelmed with the beautiful emotions of having them on the court today and they supporting me, it brings love and joy to my life,” said Djokovic in his post-match interview.
Novak Djokovic looking to match Roger Federer at the ATP Finals
Having won his 37th Masters title, Djokovic overtook Rafael Nadal who tied the Serbian this year on 36 Masters title by winning the 2021 Rome Masters and coincidentally defeated Djokovic in the finals. Having already tied Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic now has a shot at yet another Federer record.
Roger is the only male player with 6 titles at the ATP Finals and Djokovic with 5 titles to his name is on the 2nd spot in the list along with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras. Given his sensational form this season and a fresh Masters title, Djokovic will look to win the 2021 ATP Finals and match Federer’s tally when the tournament takes place in the next week.