Novak Djokovic takes Roger Federer’s world primary file, eyes Grand Slam historical past
Novak Djokovic started his 311th week because the No 1 participant within the males’s rankings on Monday.
Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a brand new landmark of 311 weeks as world primary, surpassing Roger Federer whose maintain on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly within the Serb’s sights.
The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his facet with Federer turning 40 in August.
He’s additionally a 12 months youthful than Rafael Nadal who additionally has 20 majors.
“Now that I’ve turn into the historic No.1, I am relieved,” mentioned Djokovic after sweeping to a ninth Australian Open final month which assured his prolonged keep on the high.
“Now, I am going to have the ability to focus primarily on the Grand Slams.”
Djokovic reclaimed the highest rating from Nadal in February 2020 and completed as year-end primary for the sixth time, tying the mark set by Pete Sampras.
He’s presently in his fifth totally different spell atop the rankings.
Nadal, presently at quantity two, has been on the high for ‘solely’ 209 weeks in whole though the 13-time Roland Garros champion can boast being a high 10 ever-present since April 2005.
He’ll, nevertheless, lose his world quantity two spot to Daniil Medvedev per week on Monday.
Federer, who returns to motion in Doha subsequent week after greater than a 12 months out of motion to get well from two knee surgical procedures, will slip out of the highest 5 on Monday.
Djokovic made his high 100 debut in July 2005, simply weeks after Nadal had gained his first Roland Garros.
He was high 50 in June 2006, high 20 for the primary time in October 2006 and high 10 by March 2007.
He first turned world primary on the age of 24 on July 4, 2011, the day after profitable Wimbledon for the primary time, beating Nadal within the closing.
Temporary dip and swift return
Solely a six-month harm absence in 2017 noticed his rating plunge, all the way in which to 22 the next summer season.
It was only a blip — Djokovic was again at primary once more by November and apart from November 2019 till January final 12 months, when Nadal reclaimed pole place, he has been rock strong.
Few would guess in opposition to Djokovic, who in 2016 was the primary man to interrupt the $100 million prize cash barrier, ending his profession with extra Slams than Federer and Nadal.
In head-to-heads, he leads Federer 27-23 and has gained all six of their final conferences on the majors, together with 2019’s epic Wimbledon closing the place he saved two match factors.
Federer hasn’t overwhelmed Djokovic on the Slams since Wimbledon in 2012.
Towards Nadal, he has a 29-27 lead and continues to be one in every of solely two males to have overwhelmed the Spaniard at Roland Garros since 2005.
No less than Nadal, nevertheless, can boast comfortably seeing off Djokovic within the 2020 Roland Garros closing, denying the Serb the chance to turn into the primary man in half a century to win all 4 Slams greater than as soon as.
Djokovic, whose lone French Open title got here in 2016, has comfortably extra Australian Opens than Federer (six) and Nadal (one).
His Wimbledon whole stands at 5 to Federer’s eight and Nadal’s two.
On the US Open, he has three to Federer’s 5 and Nadal’s 4.
“Clearly I’ve in my thoughts to win extra Grand Slam titles and to interrupt data.
“Till I retire from the tour, I shall be devoting most of my consideration and power to profitable the opposite main titles,” Djokovic mentioned.
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