Novak Djokovic Makes an Honest Admission About the Reason Behind Playing Paris Masters 2021

Published 11/06/2021, 12:53 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during an interview after winning his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


After his US Open 2021 loss, World No.1 Novak Djokovic did not play tennis for a while. Many even believed that the burden of missing out on history would last on him for a long time. However, Djokovic has returned and is straight to business, reaching the Rolex Paris Masters 1000 semifinals. Interestingly, he also revealed the real reason behind making a comeback in Bercy.

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Notably, a record-extending sixth title in Paris for Djokovic would confirm him as the 2021 year-end World No.1. That means the Serb would hold the top spot in ATP Rankings for a record-breaking seventh time. That is why Djokovic came to Paris: to claim another historic achievement in tennis.

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Novak Djokovic opens up on his 2021 season-ending goals

In the Rolex Paris Masters quarterfinals, Djokovic defeated American Taylor Fritz for the third time in 2021. He won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Following the match, the 34-year-old shared the main reason behind his comeback after New York.

“Year-end no. 1 is the biggest reason I came here. Hopefully, I can do it this week. If not, then I have Turin,” Djokovic said.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Primarily, the 20-time Grand Slam champion must win in Paris to secure his ATP No.1 spot. However, if World No.2 Daniil Medvedev fails to better Djokovic in Paris, then also the Serb will make history.

But indeed, he also has qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals 2021, where he can improve his chances. Thus, he is currently a man on a mission with two matches away from history in Paris.

At present, Djokovic shares the record for most instances of year-ending World No.1 record with American legend Pete Sampras. Only time will tell whether he will get past him in 2021.

Who will Djokovic play in the Rolex Paris Masters semifinals?

As per the draw, Djokovic will take on Wimbledon semifinalist Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals. After that, he could potentially meet either Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev in the final.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

What’s most interesting, both Zverev and Medvedev have upset Djokovic from getting to history in 2021. Hence, it will all come back again to the Serbian ace in Bercy, Paris.

Above all, Djokovic will now aim to play his best tennis in Paris. Let’s see if the remaining men in the draw can stop him from history once again.

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Do you think Djokovic will accomplish his mission in Paris?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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