Novak Djokovic secured the first no. 1 at the end of the year in 2011 after winning three Grand Slams that season. The Serbian has been the dominant figure in the last decade, equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Major record and ranking at the top with six No. 1s at the end of the season with Pete Sampras. Novak took the throne from Rafael Nadal after last year’s Australian Open and has held it ever since. Five months ago, Djokovic broke Federer’s record of 310 weeks as no. 1, building a huge advantage over the Swiss and other legends. Novak has been above everyone else in 2021, winning all three major titles and chasing a Grand Slam schedule at the US Open – his first since Rod Laver in 1969! Novak is currently 1500 points ahead of his closest rival on the ATP list, Daniil Medvedev, hoping to stay ahead of the Russian and others and secure another record with the seventh No. 1 honoring his name. Andy Murray praised Novak after his first round win at Cincinnati and said it would be amazing if Novak can stay on top for another year. Murray recalled what Djokovic has accomplished this year and said it would be logical to see his old rival and friend at the top.
Murray praises Novak Djokovic
Fans became quite disappointed when World No.1 Novak Djokovic decided to withdraw from the Cincinnati Masters 2021. He last played at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 where he failed to grab a medal for his nation. However, despite that, the Serbian legend has had a phenomenal season so far. In a recent interview with the ATP Tour, former World No.1 Andy Murray hailed Djokovic and claimed that it is incredible that he is on the verge of achieving the milestone. “What all those guys have been doing has been amazing. To finish No. 1 also not playing loads of events as well I think is really impressive. There’s not much you can say about what those guys have done. It’s incredible. They’ve totally dominated the sport. Their drive and love for the game is obviously unbelievably high and mentally I think is the hardest part,” said Murray. “Winning one tournament is difficult. It’s for sure hard to do that. But for me to get to No. 1, I had to win the last five or six tournaments in a row on top of all the events that came before that. To do it for a whole season is extremely difficult,” added the British player.