Novak Djokovic’s tennis dreams often come true on the court. And his latest goal is to end the year as the world’s best player.
“I just need one win to end the season on a very high note. Hopefully I can win the ATP Finals at the same time; let’s see what happens,” said the 36-year-old Serbian.
He begins his campaign against Holger Rune in Turin; a player he recently squared off in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.
“Holger makes his debut at the ATP finals and together with Carlos Alcaraz they are the future of world tennis.”
Boris Becker is in Rune’s coaching booth these days and Djokovic admitted that it is strange to see his former mentor with another player.
“Every time we play against each other it’s a tough battle and I’m sure that tennis fans can expect something similar again.”
According to Djokovic, it takes a while to get used to the fast courts of Turin.
“We are quite high above sea level here and even if the spectators are not necessarily aware of it, our players definitely feel it on the court. The ball flies through the air and you actually need a few days to get used to everything.”
He believes that he is also the author of his own tennis legacy.
“I still play at a high level, while records also provide the necessary motivation. However, I am on my own tennis path and I would like to see how far I can go on it.”
- Group division of the ATP Finals in Turin:
Green Group: Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune.
Red Group: Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev.