The 36-year-old won his 24th Grand Slam victory at the US Open, making him the most successful male player in sport history. A few months later, he made history by becoming the first person to win 40 Masters 1000 trophies. Next week, he will hold the top spot in the ATP rankings for a record 400 weeks.
In addition, as the defending winner at the ATP Finals in Turin, Djokovic may make even more history there. With seven championships to his name, he will become the most decorated player to compete in the event if he wins the title. He and six-time champion Roger Federer are currently even on the leaderboard.
Some contend that this season might be Djokovic’s finest yet, given the milestones he keeps hitting at his age. The Serbian, nevertheless, sees things from a somewhat different angle.
When asked if he thought 2023 was the best year of his career, Djokovic said, “I wouldn’t say the best, but one of the best.”
“It’s quite nice to have that kind of situation—winning three out of four slams and competing in a final—even though this hasn’t been the best year of my life.”
“This is undoubtedly one of the greatest seasons. I believe I won three straight slams in a season in a couple of those years. I won more matches over those years. On the tour, I felt like I was in complete control.
Djokovic has said in the past that he is concentrating on the big events, therefore he had to make changes to his schedule. Still, in the 57 games he has played this year, he has won 52 of them. He defeated Holger Rune in three sets on Sunday at the ATP Finals, his most recent victory. He has secured the top spot at the conclusion of the year by doing this.
“I played 10, 11 tournaments this year, so it’s quite different circumstances compared to all the other years,” he said.
“I simply succeeded in reaching my peak during the appropriate competitions.” That is truly what matters to me.
“I’ve been playing really well and feeling great on the court since I haven’t lost a match since Wimbledon.”
Later this week, Djokovic will compete in the group stages of the ATP Finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner.