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Novak Djokovic marked another historic occasion in his illustrious career with a beautiful moment that's captured the hearts of fans around the world.
Djokovic avenged his his US Open final defeat against Daniil Medvedev by beating the Russian 4-6 6-3 6-3 to claim a record-extending sixth Paris Masters title.
The win gives Djokovic an unprecedented 37th Masters 1000 title overall - moving him ahead of Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic's heroics in the French capital also ensured he ends the year as World No.1 for a seventh time - beating the record he shared with Pete Sampras.
The Serb is now one clear of fellow 20-time grand slam winner Nadal for Masters trophies, and nine ahead of Roger Federer, the other tennis great with 20 majors.
Making the occasion even more special for the Serbian superstar was the presence of his two children watching from the stands.
The 34-year-old revealed afterwards that it was the first time in his career that both son Stefan and daughter Tara were court-side to watch one of his matches.
Djokovic's delight was obvious as he walked over to his wife and kids for a hug after the match, in a lovely moment that sent the internet into meltdown.
What a day, what a week. Blessing after blessing. My loves👩👧👦 both my children witnessing this moment. Crown for years of hard work. My amazing team. Fantastic matches. Many memories to take away. Grateful to bring home another tree in the woods to where this wolf sleeps 🏆😉🐺 pic.twitter.com/j5T5TScHeZ
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) November 7, 2021
That slowmotion with Djokovic and his kids. Lovely.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 7, 2021
Huge from @DjokerNole to his children Stefan & Tara as he wins his 37th Masters 1000 Title!!🙏🙏❤❤
I honestly believe @jelenadjokovic & the kids being in the box got Djokovic over the finish line!! pic.twitter.com/hLHFclR9rr
— Reggie🐺🐊 (@Reggie61823972) November 7, 2021
Djokovic said it's the first time both his kids were courtside of one of his matches. pic.twitter.com/53ELxIhPcx
— Stephanie Myles (@OpenCourt) November 7, 2021
— Raju Chavda (@rajuchavda1981) November 7, 2021
Novak Djokovic can’t keep his eyes off of a replay of his children in the stands while discussing his Paris Masters win:
“Oh my God, look at this. This is what life is all about.” pic.twitter.com/OyMfWHynco
— The Recount (@therecount) November 7, 2021
After his win, #Djokovic shared a very sweet moment with his children.
Djokovic also mentioned that this was his 1st tournament in which both his children were present to watch him play. pic.twitter.com/f6S06csYRO
— Kartheek (@karth__k) November 7, 2021
Novak Djokovic takes delight in family first
"I'm very grateful and blessed to have this opportunity. It's actually one of the biggest reasons that I keep on playing because I always dreamed of having my children on the stands," Djokovic told Tennis Channel afterwards.
"This is what life is all about, sharing these moments with the dear ones and my children are my greatest success, greatest treasure and I don't know I'm just overwhelmed with beautiful emotions having them on the court today.
"Them supporting me just brings love and joy to my life."
Djokovic was looking to avoid ending a season without a Masters title for the first time since 2017 and kept his cool throughout to accomplish his mission against the reigning Paris Masters champion.
The World No.1 said he had moved on from the disappointment of the loss to Medvedev in the US Open final that denied the 20-time major winner a 'golden slam'.
"I already closed that (US Open) chapter, to be honest. I'm not regretting it, really. I'm not spending days suffering because I didn't take the calendar slam this year," Djokovic said.
"I'm very relieved that the calendar, that the grand slam season was done, because I felt a tremendous pressure unlike anything I felt in my life.
"So it was an interesting experience, and I'm very satisfied with the way I played in grand slams, three wins and a final. I mean, there is much more positive things to be grateful for and to look at than negative.
"I have always been honest enough to say that the history of our sport is too big a motivation.
"It is an objective, yes, to prove that I can break all the records with all the results that I can obtain on the tour professionally.
"So, yes, I love breaking records. I'm very motivated to carry on. My priority is the grand slams and Masters 1000 where you can gain the largest number of points. This is an added benefit of our sport."
Djokovic will now set his sights on the ATP Finals in Turin later this month, where he will be looking to match Federer's record haul of six titles at the season-ending event.
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