'Anything That Happens Now Is A Bonus': Djokovic After Clinching Year-End No. 1

'Anything That Happens Now Is A Bonus': Djokovic After Clinching Year-End No. 1

by Sebastian Dahlman

Novak Djokovic ensured that he finishes the year as world number one on the ATP Tour, by beating Holger Rune at the ATP Finals, and it's a huge achievement for him.

Djokovic and Alcaraz were set for an epic showdown at the end of this year to determine who would finish the year as world number one. Last year, it was Alaraz who received the trophy in Turin, but this year, it will be Djokovic.

It wasn't much of a showdown because Alcaraz didn't play a lot due to injuries, giving Djokovic an open highway to conclude the race. The Serbian only needed one win in Turin to ensure himself the number one rank, and he got it by beating Holger Rune at the ATP Finals.

Before the match, Djokovic named it as his biggest goal and reiterated that after the match. Anything that happens at the event is just a bonus now.

It's huge. It means a lot obviously. I knew coming into the tournament here I needed only one win to clinch the year-end No. 1. I really wanted that to happen already tonight. I'm really glad that I managed to do that tonight.

While finishing as number one is nothing new for Djokovic, being able to do so at his age is really something special. He considers this one of the best achievements in tennis outside of winning Grand Slams, especially at his age, because it's a mark of consistency. The older he got the fewer events he played, so this means that he was amazing at the events he played, and he truly was.

It always has been a huge objective and huge goal of mine to be No. 1 in the world. Other than Grand Slams, that's what counts the most. To finish off the year as No. 1 in the world at this stage of my life and career is something really amazing.

Anything that happens from this moment onwards I guess in this tournament is a bonus for me.


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