BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Djokovic Aiming For Strong Finish To Year
by ATP Staff|
"This is a very important tournament. I definitely want to do well," admitted the 2008 champion on Sunday at The O2, venue of the season-ending championships in London.
The 25-year-old Serbian will return to No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Monday.
"It means a lot, for all of us from our team, we are very proud of what we've achieved in 2012," said Djokovic, who has a 70-12 season record. "It's definitely not easy ending the year as No. 1 considering the competition that we had this year, and I'm very happy and very proud. This can only serve as a great confidence boost for me for upcoming years."
For the first time since 2003 there were four different major championship winners – Djokovic at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Roger Federer at Wimbledon and Andy Murray at the US Open – during the season.
"There are four great players in this era," said Djokovic. "I am very proud to be the World No. 1 and it is great that the four of us are taking the sport to another level."
Looking ahead to a repeat of this year’s China Open final, Djokovic said of Tsonga, "We always have good battles, tough battles, he is a big server and he is the kind of player that feeds off the energy of the crowd. He played finals here last year. It's going to be very difficult for both of us."