Novak Djokovic Ecstatic After Pete Sampras’ ‘GOAT’ Comments

Published 11/20/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently achieved yet another trophy from the ATP Tour for ending the year as the World No.1 player. He did so for the 7th time in his professional career and registered his name in the history books.

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Before him, it was 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras who held the record for ending the year on top of the ATP rankings on the most number of occasions (6). The American legend has been an idol to Novak Djokovic and thus, it is a special feeling for him to surpass him.

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Novak Djokovic responds to the appreciation messages of Pete Sampras

After breaking his record, Sampras hailed Djokovic as the greatest player of all time. He lauded him for his consistency and praised him for performing well even during the era of players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses as he celebrates with the trophy for his 2021 world number one ranking after winning his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Djokovic seemed overwhelmed while reacting to these comments by Sampras. In a pre-match press conference of the ATP Finals 2021, he stated that it fills him with joy to know that his idol considers him the greatest player of all time in the history of the sport.

“It’s wonderful to hear the compliments that Pete Sampras addressed to me: to be considered by him, who is my idol, the greatest of all fills me with joy,” said Djokovic in the press conference.

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Djokovic will lock horns against Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of ATP Finals 2021

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Djokovic will encounter Alexander Zverev in the semis of the ATP Finals 2021. The Serbian legend looks to be in great form and hasn’t lost a single match at the tournament so far.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his quarter final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Head-to-head, Djoker currently leads the battle 7-3. He recently defeated the German player in a five-set marathon at the semis of the US Open 2021. However, it was Zverev only who denied the Golden Slam to Djokovic after battling past him at Tokyo Olympics 2020 earlier this year.

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The stage is set and fans are quite exhilarated to watch the epic clash between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. Who will advance to the finals of the tournament?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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