The Serbian Novak Djokovic, brand new Champion of the Masters Cup for the sixth time in his career after defeating the Norwegian Casper Ruud in Turin (7-5 and 6-3)assured that despite the fact that this year the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz is number one, in his mind “always” he is “the best player in the world.”
After a difficult year in which he has been accompanied by the controversy over not getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the man from Belgrade put the finishing touch to the season by imposing his tennis, undefeated in the tournament that brings together the eight best rackets on the circuit.
“Are you the best player in the world?”, they ask him at a press conference. “I’m not, I’m fifth”, he replied, accompanied by the trophy that accredits him as a Master and a smile from ear to ear. However, he qualified his answer.
“This week probably it is. In general the rankings show who has had the best year, and Alcaraz is number one in the world. There is not much to say about it. But in my mind I always see myself as the best player in the world. I have that kind of mentality and that kind of approach regardless of who is on the other end of the net, what surface it is, what season it is or what number of the pro season in my career we’re up against, I mean, it’s always the same. My ambitions are the highest possible,” he explained.
“That kind of approach is what has gotten me to where I am sitting here today at 35 years of age., holding one of the biggest trophies in the sport. I haven’t thought about quitting in a while. I feel motivated. I feel good in my own body. I take care of myself. Of course I have a great team of people. As long as there is that atmosphere within me…” he added.
One of those motivations in this tournament has been to be accompanied by his entire family, including their children.
“I am very grateful to my wife and children for coming. I don’t usually have these moments on the circuit with them so I try to enjoy it as much as I can.. I hope that as they get older they realize even more what a special time we are living together,” she said.
Regarding his continuity on the courts, he does not see a withdrawal close and revealed that he will always be linked to tennis, in any case: “For me it is about having good emotions and positive feelings on the court. Winning big trophies is one thing, everything is super pretty, but it’s a fairy tale.”
“You have to go through difficulties, many difficulties, a lot of hard days and challenges on a day to day basis in order to push yourself, motivate yourself, work on getting to this level and finally have a chance to winr,” he commented.
“It’s an integral part of my life, of who I am. It just fills me up whether I’m on court or watching someone else play. I play with my son, with professionals… I am a true follower of tennis. That is for me the most important thing. So I will always continue in tennis, no matter what form or role I have,” he said.
Djokovic also He made it clear that he keeps his ambition to win titles intact.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I know that what I have on my mind is a huge desire to win trophies, to make history in this sport, to compete at the highest level around the world, to convey good emotions to sports and tennis fans. That’s what drives me a lot,” he said.
“So see you in Australia”, he finished, again, with the radiant smile that accompanied him throughout the press conference, that of a player who is placed as Master of Masters with six wound together with the Swiss Roger Federer.