'Exactly Where He Belongs': Patrick McEnroe Lauds Djokovic's 2023 No. 1 Finish

'Exactly Where He Belongs': Patrick McEnroe Lauds Djokovic's 2023 No. 1 Finish

by Nurein Ahmed

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Patrick McEnroe joined the choir in singing praises to Novak Djokovic after he confirmed his status as the world's best player in 2023.

Djokovic won a truly captivating year-long battle ahead of Carlos Alcaraz in the final tournament of the tennis season. He defeated Holger Rune last Sunday to put the crown on top of a stellar year, one he called one of his best seasons on tour.

This is the eighth time in his career he has finished a season as the year-end No. 1, the most of any ATP player. He's two clear of Pete Sampras on that front and three more than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - two of his greatest rivals.

Djokovic will officially conquer another landmark next week, becoming the first singles player to record 400 weeks as No. 1. And tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe did not miss out from lavishing praise on the Serbian's latest milestone in a tweet he shared on X.

"On top of it as always. Novak on top of the tennis world….exactly where he belongs."

Patrick McEnroe was unsurprised by Novak Djokovic's year-end No. 1 ranking

It is one of the greatest seasons by an ATP player without a shadow of a doubt. Djokovic won 50% of the tournaments he played this season, which began with the ATP 250 event in Adelaide. He would go on a winning spree at the Grand Slams, amassing the Australian Open for a record-extending 10th time.

Djokovic would bag the French Open for the third time in his career, becoming the first man to win each of the four Grand Slams at least three times. Although he fell short at Wimbledon where he lost his first match since 2017, he still left with the runner-up trophy.

And the capstone to a fabulous year was in New York where he tied Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record. Even at 36, Djokovic's motivation remains undiluted, and he's already spoken of his ambitions of winning the Davis Cup later this month and the 2024 Paris Olympics for his country.


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