Novak Djokovic has put the disappointment of missing out on a rare calendar grand slam behind him as he won a record sixth Paris Masters title.
The Serbian’s bid to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in the same year was ended by Daniil Medvedev in September’s US Open final, and on Sunday he avenged that defeat by beating the Russian 4-6 6-3 6-3 in the Paris final.
Djokovic moved one clear of fellow 20-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal for Masters trophies with his record 37th, and nine ahead of Roger Federer, the other tennis great with 20 majors.
The 34-year-old Serbian, who is guaranteed to secure the year-end world No.1 spot for a record seventh time, needed time to adjust to break the world No.2’s sturdy defence but was unstoppable once he found his opening.
Djokovic was looking to avoid ending a season without a Masters title for the first time since 2017 and kept his cool throughout to accomplish his mission against the holder.
“I already closed that (New York) chapter, to be honest. I’m not regretting it, really. I’m not spending days suffering because I didn’t take the calendar slam this year,” Djokovic said later.
“I’m very relieved that the calendar, that the grand slam season was done, because I felt a tremendous pressure unlike anything I felt in my life.
“So it was an interesting experience, and I’m very satisfied with the way I played in grand slams, three wins and a final. I mean, there is much more positive things to be grateful for and to look at than negative.
“I have always been honest enough to say that the history of our sport is too big a motivation,” he said.
“It is an objective, yes, to prove that I can break all the records with all the results that I can obtain on the tour professionally.
“So, yes, I love breaking records. I’m very motivated to carry on. My priority is the grand slams and Masters 1000 where you can gain the largest number of points. This is an added benefit of our sport.”
Djokovic will now set his sights to the Nov. 14-21 ATP Finals in Turin, where he will be looking to match Roger Federer’s record haul of six titles at the season-ending event.
Djokovic celebrated his Paris win with his wife, his young son and daughter.
“Today was very special for me because my family is here,” Djokovic said “It’s the first time both of my children are together to watch one of my matches.”
With The AP