Novak Djokovic is now officially the tennis player who has been at the top of the world rankings for most weeks. The 33-year-old Serb started his 311th week as number 1.
The ATP pays attention to this in an extensive story on the website, including video images of a young Djokovic. Last week, the Serb equalled Roger Federer’s record, the Swiss who was at the top for 310 weeks.
Djokovic is in his fifth period at the top of the world rankings. He was number 1 for the first time on July 4, 2011. The Serbian was then 24 years and 43 days old. His longest streak at the top of the global ranking was between July 7, 2014, and November 6, 2016: 122 consecutive weeks.
Djokovic was now number 1 since February 3 last year. He then relieved Rafael Nadal in the lead. The 34-year-old Spaniard is currently in second place but will lose that position next week to the Russian Daniil Medvedev. It is the first time in almost 16 years that a player from outside the so-called Big Four (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray) is in the first two.
Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Griekspoor both dropped two places in the latest world rankings to position 149 and 154, respectively.