Novak Djokovic Begins 400th Week As World No. 1

Novak Djokovic Begins 400th Week As World No. 1

by Nurein Ahmed

Novak Djokovic's incredible dominance knows no bounds and the Serbian will celebrate a 400th week at the top of the men's rankings.

Djokovic was guaranteed to hit this milestone following his opening round-robin win over Holger Rune at the ATP Finals a week ago. The win earned him the year-end No. 1 ranking for a record eighth time and extended his all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1.

Even by Novak Djokovic's standards, this latest monumental feat is just risible. He has now put the rest of the players on the list in the rearview mirror. Djokovic left Turin with two titles, including a record-breaking 7th crown by winning the tournament.

Djokovic has surpassed several iconic names across both tours including Steffi Graf (377), Serena Williams (319), Martina Navratilova (332), and one of his longtime rivals Roger Federer (310) for the most weeks at No. 1 and by some margin.

In fact, Djokovic has now been ranked No. 1 for 90 more weeks than Federer who is 2nd in the men's list. What is even remarkable is that the Serbian has reigned at the top of the ATP rankings for as many weeks as 18 former men's No. 1s.

Being ranked at No. 1 for a groundbreaking 400 weeks is a one-of-a-kind feat. It is the equivalent of seven and half years of being the expert in your craft and it is unlikely to be beaten anytime soon.

Speaking of this landmark on, Djokovic was visibly proud, but was of the notion that records are there to be broken, and won't be surprised to see them taken away by another player at some point.

"It's a pretty good achievement, 400 weeks at No. 1. It's never been done in history. Someone will eventually break it, but hopefully, it stays there for a long time."


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