The 20-time grand slam winner, who was offered with a cake by event organizers to have a good time the event, earned his first Tour-level win again in 2004 and has since gone on to turn into one of many biggest tennis gamers of all time.
“Because of the event and the gang for celebrating the milestone with me,” Djokovic stated in his on-court interview with the ATP. “Clearly I used to be seeing Roger and Rafa celebrating these milestones within the final couple of years and I used to be wanting ahead to attending to that 1,000 myself.
“I am actually, actually blessed and privileged to have that many victories on the Tour. It has been a very long time since I performed my first and gained my first match on the Tour and hopefully I can maintain going and there are lots of extra victories to come back.”
Djokovic, who’s looking for his first title of the season, will likely be trying to make it 1,001 wins on Sunday as he takes on Greek world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas within the Italian Open closing.