London, Nov 8: Novak Djokovic believes the thrill of becoming a father has provided him with the perfect motivation to win yet another ATP World Tour Finals title and end the year as the world number one.
Djokovic became a father last month when his wife Jelena gave birth to a baby boy named Stefan.
While some first-time parents initially find raising a child a bewildering blur of nappy changing and sleepless nights, Djokovic has adapted to the new arrival with few problems.
The Serb celebrated the birth by returning to the court just a few days later and embarking on a triumphant run to the Paris Masters title -- a success that extended his run of consecutive victories in indoor tournaments to 27 matches and left him firmly on course to hold off Roger Federer in the race to secure top spot in the end of year world rankings.
After such an emphatic victory in France, the world number one arrives at London's O2 Arena for the Tour Finals, which get underway on Sunday, as strong favourite to become the first player to win the prestigious event three times in a row since Ivan Lendl in the 1980s.
"My wife and I had the blessing of becoming parents recently and it's the most beautiful thing we can experience. First tournament after that happened was Paris and I won it without dropping a set," said Djokovic, who opens his campaign against US Open champion Marin Cilic on Monday. AFP