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Djokovic: Alcaraz is No. 1, I See Myself as Finest

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By Richard Pagliaro | Monday, November 21, 2022

No matter rating, ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic is pushed by one sturdy perception.

Picture credit score: Oscar Barrosa/Getty

One is essentially the most beguiling quantity in males’s tennis.

Novak Djokovic is a religious believer within the energy of 1, which explains his response when requested if he is the world’s finest participant within the afterglow of profitable a record-tying sixth ATP Finals championship in Flip.

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“I am fifth,” the 35-year-old Djokovic replied earlier than reaffirming his long-held perception.

No matter rankings, Djokovic at all times believes he is the world’s finest participant.

“This week I most likely am. Total the rankings are exhibiting who had the very best yr, and Alcaraz is the No. 1 on the planet,” Djokovic informed the media in Turin. “Not a lot to say about that. However in my thoughts I at all times see myself as the very best participant on the planet, after all. I’ve that sort of mentality and that sort of strategy.

“No matter who’s throughout the web, no matter what the floor is, no matter what season it’s, what variety of the skilled season in my profession we’re dealing with, I imply, it is at all times the identical. The ambitions are as excessive as attainable.”

Nineteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz made a monumental mark because the youngest year-end ATP world No. 1.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who received two of the 4 Grand Slam titles to take sole possession of the boys’s main mark with 22 Grand Slam titles, arguably had the very best season of all ATP champions.

Alcaraz suffered a season-ending torn belly muscle eventually month’s Rolex Paris Masters that compelled him to tug the plug on his season and denied the world a chance for an Alcaraz-Djokovic rematch.

Would Alcaraz’s presence deterred Djokovic from roaring by means of the Turin subject with an ideal 5-0 file that noticed him make historical past because the oldest ATP Finals champion to gather a tennis file $4,740,300 payday?

Final Might, Alcaraz and Djokovic performed a powerful epic in Madrid that left some Spanish followers amazed by the extent they noticed.

Masterfully mixing forehand rockets with feather duster droppers, Alcaraz out-dueled world No. 1 Djokovic 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) rising to his maiden Mutua Madrid Open remaining in a dizzying three hour, 35 -minute traditional match.

Alcaraz made historical past as the primary man to overcome king of clay Rafael Nadal and 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in succession at a clay-court event.

Enjoying with poise and fervour that was contagious to the house crowd, Alcaraz grew to become the youngest man to defeat the world No. 1 since Nadal celebrated his nineteenth birthday by beating then-No. 1 Roger Federer within the 2005 Roland Garros semifinals.

Contemplate Djokovic completed the season on an 18-1 tear and matched Alcaraz for the Tour-lead amassing his fifth title of the season in Turin and you may make a robust case Djokovic, who was unable to play the Australian Open, US Open and 4 Masters occasions over his unvaccinated standing and Coronavirus pandemic protocols, has all of the momentum heading into Melbourne the place he’ll attempt to win a record-extending tenth Australian Open title.

Coach Goran Ivanisevic says Djokovic remains to be enhancing and believes his finest tennis is forward.

Concluding 2022 as tennis’ hottest participant, Djokovic says his want to win extra majors stays sturdy.

“I really feel motivated. I really feel good in my very own physique. I deal with myself,” Djokovic mentioned. “In fact, nice crew of individuals. So long as there’s that aptitude occurring within me…

“In fact, all of it begins with feelings. I believe the way you mentally strategy or what’s your commentary or perspective of tennis, of this sport that you just do. For me, that is love and fervour actually. So long as that is there I am going to do something in my energy to problem the younger guys for the most important trophies.”

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