The triumph against Hubert Hurkacz (10th) was not one more. Novak Djokovic (1st) not only got into a new final of the Masters 1000 in Paris, but also made sure to close the year as the No. 1 in the world for the second consecutive season, the seventh of his career, which represents a new record.
The Serbian thus surpassed Pete Sampras, the legendary American who accumulated 6 and with whom he was equaled so far. Sure, Paris represented a great challenge for Nole because it was at stake to ratify his absolute leadership on the circuit once again.
To measure such an achievement, further back on this list come Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, all three with five seasons. A statistic contemplated from 1973 to the present day whose leaders are the most outstanding tennis players in history.
In this sense, the seasons in which he reigned in the ranking were 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020 and 2021.
Likewise, Djokovic continues to build on a brand that he himself had set up six years ago: he became the first tennis player with three different stages of two consecutive seasons ending as N ° 1: 2011-2012; 2014-2015; and 2020-2021.
As if that were not enough, in his match against the Pole, the winner of 20 Grand Slam left an incredible mark in the history of the Masters 1000 in Paris.
The Serbian does not stop breaking records and maintains a great closing of the season: in addition to maintaining the N ° 1 of the ranking, he still has the possible finishing touch, the ATP Finals in Turin.