Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

Seventh heaven for Novak Djokovic with another incredible rankings milestone

Novak Djokovic is currently enjoying his 364th week at ATP world number one, meaning he has now spent a combined seven years in the position.  

The tally joins his tour-leading record of seven year-end number one titles, clinched at the end of last year.

His next closest competitor, Roger Federer, sits at 310 weeks, just two weeks shy of six years total.

However, the Swiss’ last stint at number one ended nearly four years ago in June 2018.

Djokovic first reached world number one on 4th July 2011 after defeating Rafael Nadal to claim his first Wimbledon title.

In the more than decade since, the 34-year-old has spent 364 weeks topping the ATP rankings of 561 weeks elapsed, or just under 65%.

While the 20-time Slam champion leads the men, he trails one woman in terms of total weeks at world number one.

Steffi Graf spent a total of 377 weeks at WTA world number one, meaning Djokovic trails her by just 13 weeks.

That means that should he remain unchallenged at world number one in the near future, he would match Graf’s record the week commencing 4th July this year, exactly 11 years after he first became ATP number one.

Djokovic has reached this point having played just one event and three matches in 2022, leading world number two Daniil Medvedev by the slenderest margin of 10 ranking points, on 8,420 and 8,410 respectively.

Medvedev is now set to undergo hernia surgery, putting him out for up to two months by his estimation, giving Djokovic room to breathe entering the clay season.

Meanwhile, the Serb has been spotted practising in Monaco ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters next week, where he will make his ATP return.

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