Novak Djokovic has lived a Monday, September 21 of glory. He was assured of starting his 287th week as world number one, which meant leaving the 286 of the American behind Pete sampras and position itself solidly in the race to catch up with the Swiss Roger Federer, which holds the record with 310 weeks.
The 33-year-old Serbian also worked on the track to win his fifth trophy at the ATP Masters 1000 defeating the Argentine in the final Diego Schwartzman ñor 7-5 and 6-3
. He signed another record since he is the most awarded tennis player in this category of tournaments with 36, for the 35 of the champion of the Foro Italico dethroned, Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, a finalist defeated by Nadal in Rome 2019, adds to his ranking account the improved result, the 400 points difference between the 1,000 of the champion and 600 of the runner-up.
They are the ones that he adds in his distance over Rafa Nadal, who kept the 1,000 of Rome 2019 Because the current world classification includes results from March 2019 to December 2020 to cover the lack of activity due to the pandemic.
A tennis player cannot lose points with respect to his account prior to Covid-19, only add if he improves results. In Roland Garros Rafa Nadal will keep the 9,850 points, while Djokovic could add 1,280 if he wins in Paris, where he did “semis” the previous season.
‘Nole’ has secured No. 1 after Paris, from September 27 to October 11. Nadal would lose second position if the Austrian Dominic Thiem, unprecedented since his success at the US Open, he is the champion of Roland Garros, where he made the final in 2018 and 2019, falling to the twelve-time king of clay.
Denis Shapovalov, new top-10
Canadian Denis Shapovalov, semifinalist in Rome, is a new top-10, since Schwartzman would have made his debut if he had beaten Novak Djokovic. He snatches the tenth place from the new father, Roberto Bautista, absent in the Roman capital.
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,260 pts
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,850
3. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 9,125
4. Roger Federer (SUI) 6,630
5. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5,890
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5,175
7. Alexander Zverev (ALE) 4,650
8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3,030
9. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,860
10. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,660 (+4)
11. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,620 (-1)
12. David Goffin (BEL) 2.555 (-1)
13. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,505 (+2)
14. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 2,414
15. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,400 (-2)
16. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2,200
17. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2,185
18. Pablo Carreño (ESP) 2,130
19. Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 2,055 (+3)
20. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2,040 (-1)
44. Albert Ramos (ESP) 1,130
49. Pablo Andújar (ESP) 1,024 (+2)
57. Feliciano López (ESP) 953
59. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 945 (-1)
70. Alejandro Davidovich (ESP) 829
100. Roberto Carballés (ESP) 649 (-12)