‘To know I’ve earned my place among our tennis giants gives me chills,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic blowing kisses

He dreamed of lifting trophies and setting milestones as a child and now Novak Djokovic is turning dreams into a reality “against all the odds”.

The 18-time Grand Slam winner has set a new record for most weeks at the top of the ATP Rankings as on Monday he started week number 311 at No 1, moving one ahead of Roger Federer’s long-standing mark.

The Serbian was honoured in his home city of Belgrade on Monday as a street party was held with fireworks set off as part of the celebrations.

Naturally, the 33-year-old has been feted across the globe and he took to Facebook to express his joy at his latest record and thank fans for their support.

As a kid, I would dream of lifting trophies and being best in the world. The hope was so powerful that it manifested…

Posted by Novak Djokovic on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

“As a kid, I would dream of lifting trophies and being best in the world,” Djokovic wrote.

“The hope was so powerful that it manifested itself against all the odds – finances, injuries, doubts, competing in the era of the biggest champions the sport has ever seen.

“I’m humbled to walk the path of our tennis legends and giants. To know I’ve earned my place among them gives me chills. It’s proof that anything is possible if your heart is in it, and you’re championed by a team that never loses faith in you.

“I’m grateful for receiving each and every supportive message yesterday, which still proves to me that sport isn’t just records and trophies. The adversities we face, our highs and lows, the intensity with which we go for crazy, big dreams – all of it connects us deeper to each other.

“We are all together in this game. I’m celebrating this moment and so happy knowing that not only have I reached a huge milestone doing what I love to do, but that I also have many more years ahead of me playing my favorite sport in the world. I appreciate you all, thank you so much.”

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