Novak Djokovic sets a new record. Despite a difficult start to the season, the Serbian tennis player retains first place in the ATP ranking, after a brief step in which he was overtaken by the current number two in the world, Daniil Medvedev.
The Slam champion has spent a total of 367 weeks at the top of the world ranking: he is the player who has spent the most weeks in this position, surpassing Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.
Novak Djokovic’s record in the rankings is not just a matter of weeks, but also of age. In fact, the Serb has become the third oldest player to reach the top 2 of the ATP rankings in the entire open era, at the age of 34 years, 11 months and three days.
The number one in the world thus surpassed the Spanish Rafael Nadal, who was in the top 2 of the ranking until he was 34 years and 11 months old.
Injuries and long breaks have prevented the king of Roland Garros from moving up the rankings, but his return could turn the cards on the table.
In this special ranking, Djokovic is behind two former world number ones: Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer. The former Australian tennis player is an elusive goal: he was number one at 40 years and 7 months.
More within reach of the Serbian, his lifelong rival, Roger Federer. The Swiss played in the top 2 until he was 37 years and two months old.
The return of the Big 3
The challenge between the big three could be played out in records and numbers: Djokovic and Nadal will be able to play the same tournament again after Roland Garros in 2021, where they both met in the semifinals, which ended with a victory for the Serb.
The shock tournament will be Madrid, where both have confirmed their presence. There is still, however, the return of Roger Federer. The Laver Cup could be the competition that marks the return of the former world number one, followed by ATP Basel, where he triumphed ten times.
These days, Djokovic spoke out about the controversial story that saw Wimbledon ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the 2022 edition of the Championships, saying that in this way the London Slam board would violate certain fundamental rules.