Djokovic Australian Open 2020

Rafael Nadal defeat means Novak Djokovic now guaranteed to break major Roger Federer record


Novak Djokovic is now guaranteed to surpass Roger Federer and become the player with most weeks at world number one.

Djokovic is currently just two weeks away from Federer’s total of 310 weeks at the top.

However, after Rafael Nadal’s defeat in the Australian Open quarterfinal to Stefanos Tsitsipas, it is impossible for anyone to stop the Serbian from still being world number one on March 8 – the start of his 311th week.

It will complete what Djokovic himself has admitted to be a major career goal.

Players with most weeks at world number one (as of 18/2/2021)

1Roger Federer310
2Novak Djokovic308
3Pete Sampras286
4Ivan Lendl270
5Jimmy Connors268
6Rafael Nadal209
7John McEnroe170
8Bjorn Borg109
9Andre Agassi101
10Lleyton Hewitt80

“This is one of my two biggest professional goals,” Novak Djokovic told reporters in December

“To reach the record of, [and] surpass Roger’s record for longest [time at] number one and win as many Slams as possible. I have been saying that before, so I’m working towards that.

“I’m at a good place right now, in a good position. Hopefully I can stay healthy and continue to play well.”

Djokovic Australian Open 2020
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