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Djokovic: "A Good Year But It's Not Over"

Paris, France

Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesDjokovic will play Sam Querrey in his Paris opener.

Novak Djokovic states he is “very proud” of becoming the first player to finish as the year-end No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in back-to-back seasons since Roger Federer had four straight finishes at the top from 2004-2007. The Serbian accomplished the feat after defending his incredible 2011 season, which saw him lift three Grand Slam trophies and a season-record five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.

“It feels very satisfying, and of course I'm very happy to be able to finish the season as No. 1. Obviously that serves as an indication of how good the season was for me,” says Djokovic. “It was very difficult to follow up after 2011 and to expect, well, from myself to repeat what I've done in that season. But winning one Grand Slam this year, and five titles so far and being very consistent with my results helped me to be in this position right now.”

While he has secured the year-end No. 1 ranking, Djokovic is targeting a perfect finish to the 2012 season at the BNP Paribas Masters and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the circuit finale.

“I'm very proud of the achievements. It was a very good year for me, but it's not over,” Djokovic says. “There are two more very important tournaments to come: indoors here in Paris Bercy, and then London next week. I just want to try to focus on those tournaments [to end] the year in the best possible way.”

Djokovic is playing his first tournament since defeating two-time reigning champion Andy Murray in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final. He leads the ATP World Tour with a 70-11 match record heading into the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris and will open his title bid against American Sam Querrey.

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