Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic, has set a new world record of 311 weeks as world number one on Monday. He is a week higher than Roger Federer whose record 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights.
The tennis superstar wrote on Twitter saying:
“Big day today,”
Big day today
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 8, 2021
Djokovic, won his 18th major grand slam at the Australian Open in February 2021.
However, the Serb has enough time to surpass Federer as the swiss turns 40 in August. The Serb is a year younger than Rafael Nadal who also has 20 major grand slams.
In a statement released by ATP who has been doing this ranking since August 23, 1973, Djokovic, said:
“It really excites me to walk the path of legends and giants of this sport. To know that I earned my place among them by following my childhood dream is a beautiful confirmation that when you do things out of love and passion, everything is possible.”
The 33 year old replaced Nadal at the Top of the ATP ranking in February 2020 and finished the year as number one for the sixth time, thereby tying the record set by Pete Sampras.
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 No. 1 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.”
In other news, Federer who will be returning to action in Doha this week after been out for over a year with injuries resulting to two knee operations, was taken out of the top five on Monday to sixth. His position has been taken by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
As at Monday March 8, 2021, Djokovic’s record was top news in Serbia, with headlines like “No one was ever like Nole” in their local daily newspaper Vecernje novosti reported the Punch.
Some important Videos his amazing moments of his carrier prior to this point was projected onto Belgrade town hall on Monday evening, and the authorities in the capital called on fans to gather and honour Djokovic despite the pandemic regulations.
ATP rankings as of March 8:
- Novak Djokovic (SRB) 12,030 points
- Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,850
- Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 9,735
- Dominic Thiem (AUT) 9,125
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6,660 (+1)
- Roger Federer (SUI) 6,630 (-1)
- Alexander Zverev (GER) 5,615
- Andrey Rublev (RUS) 5,019
- Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 3,640
- Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3,480
- Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,910
- Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,860
- Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,770
- David Goffin (BEL) 2,760
- Milos Raonic (CAN) 2,630
- Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2,585
- Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2,575
- Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,535
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 2,516
- Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2,365