Novak Djokovic, from records to teaching

The historic success that continues to build Novak Djokovic now it allows him to think about the future as a mentor to new generations. With his victory in the Masters 1000 from Paris over the weekend, the Serbian broke the tie with Rafael Nadal and established a record of titles in this category with 37, of which six have been obtained in the capital of France. Only the victory in the semifinals had guaranteed him to finish the season as world number one for the seventh time, which is also already a record.

Djokovic returned from a hiatus of almost two months and claimed the victory of the Paris Masters before the Russian (No.2) Daniil Medvedev by 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes, achieving his seventh world number 1 at the end of the year, one more than the record held by the American Pete Sampras.

“I am proud and extremely happy. Obviously, this is always one of the most important goals, to try to be number one and finish the season there. Doing it for the seventh time, breaking the record and surpassing my childhood idol and role model, Pete Sampras, is incredible. I am very grateful to be in this position, ”said the Serbian tennis player.

The World No. 1 now has 62 ‘Big Titles’, putting him ahead of Nadal (57) and Federer (54). A ‘Great Title’ is a trophy in a championship of Grand Slam, ATP Finals, Masters 1000 or an individual Olympic gold medal. Djokovic surpassed Nadal, which has 36 Masters 1000 trophies, while the ‘Big 3’ is tied for the same number of Grand Slam championships (20). At the same time, Federer leads the ATP Finals titles (6) and Rafael Nadal he is the only holder of an individual Olympic medal.

Djokovic will now turn his attention to the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals, which will be played from November 14-21 at Turin, Italy, where he will try to match in victories to Federer.

However, after returning to his country after the victory in Paris, Nole spoke of the possibilities of work after his retirement as a coach: “I try to pass on to the new generations everything I have learned. Knowledge can be a curse if you don’t use it. What am I supposed to do when I retire, take it to the grave so that those who come after me cannot benefit from my philosophy, working methods and approach? For me, it is logical that the next step is to pass on my knowledge to others. I see myself in various roles in the future and I would be happy to develop myself as a coach as well.

According to ATP data, Djokovic has the best ‘Big Title’ win rate with one won for every 3.3 events, while Nadal has claimed a ‘Big title’ for every 3.5. Only two other players have converted more than once in every five events: Roger Federer (4.4) and Pete Sampras (4.9).

Beaten in the final in the French capital by Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev is second in the ATP 3,300 points behind, as the Serbian continues at the top with 10,940 points. The Serbian sees the Russian as the closest option to be his successor: “He is definitely one of the best players in the world at the moment and if he stays healthy he will win many more Grand Slam tournaments.”

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