Mon 08 March 2021:
Novak Djokovic has broken Roger Federer’s record for most weeks as the ATP world No. 1, holding the top spot for the 311th week in Monday’s rankings.
Djokovic surpassed Federer after beginning his 311th week as the number one player in the men’s rankings on Monday.
Djokovic, 33, won his 18th major at the Australian Open in February.
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“It really excites me to walk the path of legends and giants of this sport,” said Djokovic, in a statement released by the ATP.
Djokovic reclaimed the top ranking from Rafael Nadal in February 2020 and finished as year-end number one for the sixth time, tying the record set by Pete Sampras.
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ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “Novak’s many achievements in tennis are nothing short of extraordinary. Among them, this record may stand as his single most impressive.
“Reaching number one is something many players dream of and very few ever accomplish, and to have held the top spot for longer than anyone is testament to the levels of sustained excellence that Novak has redefined in our sport.”
The top four in Monday’s latest rankings were unchanged with Nadal remaining at No. 2, followed by Daniil Medvedev — who lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open final — and Dominic Thiem. Stefanos Tsitsipas moved up one spot to No. 5 ahead of Federer, who fell one spot to No. 6.
Federer, who returns to action in Doha, Qatar this week after more than a year out to recover from two knee operations, slipped out of the top five on Monday to sixth.
His place was taken by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Djokovic made his top 100 debut in July 2005, just weeks after Nadal had won his first Roland Garros.
He first became world number one at the age of 24 on July 4, 2011, the day after winning Wimbledon for the first time, beating Nadal in the final.
Only a six-month injury absence in 2017 saw his ranking plunge, all the way to 22 the following year.
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