This Monday, March 8, 2021, it will enter the tennis record book. Serbian Novak Djokovic, 33 years old, starts week 311 in the ATP world number one, beats the Swiss record of 310 Roger federe
r, who at 39 reappears this week in Doha after a thirteen-month absence for a double operation on his right knee.
“It was one of my two biggest professional goals,” said Djokovic in Melbourne a few weeks ago, after winning his ninth Australian Open, placing with eighteen Grand Slam crowns two from the top shared by Federer himself and Rafael Nadal.
“What if I think about winning more Grand Slams and continuing to break records? Of course yes. From now on and until I retire I will put all my attention and energy on adding more Grand Slams, breaking the record “, warned ‘Nole’, who dominated the first ‘big’ of the season despite an injury in the abdominal area since the third round.
1. Novak Djokovic (Srb) / 311
2. Roger Federer (Sui) / 310
3. Pete Sampras (USA) / 286
4. Ivan Lendl (Che) / 270
5. Jimmy Connors (USA) / 268
6. Rafa Nadal (Esp) / 209
7. John McEnroe (USA) / 170
8. Bjorn Borg (Sue) / 109
9. Andre Agassi (USA) / 101
10. Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) / 80
The July 4, 2011 he became the 25th man to sit on the throne in the ATP rankings. Ten years later, he extends his fifth stay, which he inaugurated on February 3, 2020, replacing Nadal. The rankings were frozen from March 23 to August 24 due to the pandemic, which has also temporarily changed the scoring system.
Djokovic has 12,030 points, 2,180 ahead of Nadal, who will deliver his current No. 2 on the following list on March 15. Will be overtaken by the Russian Daniil Medvedev. Federer already yields the fifth position to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
1. Novak Djokovic (Srb) / 12,030
2. Rafa Nadal (Esp) / 9,850
3. Daniil Medvedev (Rus) / 9,735
4. Dominic Thiem (Aut) / 9.125
5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) / 6,660
6. Roger Federer (Sui) / 6,630
7. Alexander Zverev (Ale) / 5,615
8. Andrey Rublev (Rus) / 5,019
9. Diego Schwartzman (Arg) / 3,640
10. Matteo Berrettini (Ita) / 3,480
11. Denis Shapovalov (Can) / 2,910
12. Gael Monfils (Fra) / 2,860
13. Roberto Bautista (Esp) / 2,770
14. David Goffin (Bel) / 2,760
15. Milos Raonic (Can) / 2,630
16. Pablo Carreño (Esp) / 2,585
The Helvetian maintains the record of more consecutive weeks No. 1. He copó during 237 between February 2, 2004 and August 17, 2008. Djokovic chained 122 between July 7, 2014 and November 6, 2016. In his current stage he is going through 36 in a row.
Djokovic plans to return to the circuit at the Miami ATP Masters 1000, from March 24 to April 4. For now, the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, from April 11 to 18, and the ATP 250 in Belgrade, from April 19 to 25, are already on his clay court agenda.