Novak Djokovic ‘super proud’ of his achievements during ‘strange year’, but admits he has ‘mixed emotions’

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Novak Djokovic with the ATP year-end No 1 trophy

He has “achieved one of the biggest goals in sport” this year by claiming a record-equalling sixth year-end No 1 trophy, but Novak Djokovic admits it is a bittersweet moment for him.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner has drawn level with American great Pete Sampras for most year-end No 1 titles while he also won the Australian Open as well as the Cincinnati Masters and Italian Open to take his Masters 1000 tally to 36.

Although delighted with his on-court performances, Djokovic had mixed emotions as many people around the globe are “going through hardship” due to the coronavirus.

“I’m very happy,” he told ATPTour.com. “It’s been a strange year for all of us with a six-month gap for all of us. We restarted the season in August, and I continued where I left off before lockdown and had a terrific run. I’m very pleased with the way things went.

“I have to say a huge thank you to my team for supporting me in the hard time and trusting me. This is the crown for all achievements in the year and it’s unreal that I’ve managed to finish the year at No 1 for a sixth time.

“Obviously I am super proud of it, but I have mixed emotions because of what is going on in the world. I can’t be ignorant to that, although I have achieved one of the biggest goals in sport. I feel for many people in the world going through hardship and my heart goes out to them.”

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