Novak Djokovic has said he had mixed emotions about ending a strange 2020 year as the world number one for a 6th time after the season was hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Djokovic won a record-extending 8th Australian Open and a record 36th Masters title in Rome, winning 4 singles titles in all en route to the year-ending number one ranking.
Most of the tournaments suspended or canceled between March and August due to the coronavirus outbreak; still, the 33-year-old has a 39-3 record in a season.
Djokovic said “Obviously, I am super proud of it, but I have mixed emotions because of what is going on in the world,” to the ATP Tour website.
“I can’t be ignorant of that, although I have achieved one of the biggest goals in the sport. I feel for many people in the world going through hardship and my heart goes out to them,” Djokovic added.
However, Djokovic is keen to level with his childhood hero Pete Sampras who ended the year as number one six times from 1993 to 1998.
Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title may complete on Monday when he faces Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the group stage.
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