Djokovic beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 last Sunday to win his fourth US Open title and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam. Most importantly, Djokovic guaranteed himself the No. 1 ranking at the start of the tournament, beginning his 390th week in top spot officially today.
Winning the US Open meant that Djokovic added a whopping 2,000 points next to his name in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, but also eclipsed Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP Race, which accrues points earned during the course of the tennis season.
After his US Open success, Djokovic's points tally for 2023 stands at 8,945, while Alcaraz owns 8,175 adding only 720 points following his semifinal finish. Both players successfully booked their tickets for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
Djokovic became the second ATP player to qualify for the 2023 edition when he defeated American Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters last month. He has the third-most qualifications in the tournament's history with 16, where he will have the chance to break a two-man tie with Roger Federer for the most titles there.
The 36-year-old's powers are not waning, speaking ambitiously of his priorities at this stage of his career. Djokovic wants to compete and win the biggest titles on the Tour; naturally being the Grand Slams, the ATP Finals, and the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. In addition to those titles, Djokovic could put his records beyond reach, or at least out of reach for many years to come.
Having surpassed Alcaraz in the ATP Race, he is now in a prime position to clinch a record-extending eighth ATP Year-End No. 1. Djokovic intends to play the Davis Cup this week in Spain, and we expect to see him in action on the ATP Tour in the first week of October at the Shanghai Masters.