Stefan and Tara were also in the crowd on Saturday, watching their father clinch the year-end No 1 ranking for a record seventh time, having previously shared the record with his “idol” Pete Sampras.
Speaking of the achievement – something he previously outlined as his end-of-season goal when arriving in Paris-Bercy – Djokovic admitted it was “surreal” to surpass his hero.
“I consider myself a student of the sport, and I really respect and admire all of the past champions that paved the way for me and all the generations that are playing tennis right now,” the Paris champion said.
“We are enjoying the benefits of this game in every sense because of the past champions that made the tour the way it is today.”
“I’m very grateful for that. Of course, when I surpass one of the past champions, particularly someone that I looked up to when I was a kid like Pete Sampras, it means the world to me. It’s kind of a surreal feeling.”