Djokovic Hails 'perfect 5 Months' As He Targets ATP Finals Glory
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sat 10th November 2018 | 12:13 AM
Novak Djokovic revelled in his "perfect" five months on Friday as he took aim at his sixth ATP Finals title with the year-end number one ranking in the bag.
Speaking before the start of the season finale at London's O2 Arena, the Serb said next to the Grand Slams and the ATP Finals, reaching the number one spot was the "ultimate challenge" in the sport.
"I'm very proud of that achievement and I understand that it's extra special this year because of the journey I've been through in the last 15 months, especially and particularly in the last eight to 10 months.
"After February's elbow surgery it looked quite improbable that I would be in this position as the year-end number one, not just because of the rankings -- I was 22 (in May) -- but just because of how I felt on the court, how I was playing.
"But there was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible. I just thought at the time it might take more time than I wished it to be.
"It turned to out to be a perfect five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles," he added.
"Of course, unfortunately Nadal had to withdraw from all of his tournaments after the US Open so he was not in that race but at the same time I thought it was a great five months that is crowned with this achievement." The 31-year-old Djokovic underwent surgery on his right elbow in January after the Australian Open, which was his first tournament in six months.
Since the start of Wimbledon he has won 31 out of 33 matches.
Each player plays the other group members, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.