Novak Djokovic is today the undisputed number one in the world rankings, having won the last three Major events held (Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon) and being now very close to the realization of the much coveted Grand Slam, completed for the last time by the Australian Rod Laver way back in 1969.
Novak is of course also the absolute dominator of the Race to Turin, valid for the ATP Finals in Turin, in which he boasts more than 2500 points behind the second (the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, finalist at Roland Garros and champion at the Masters 1000 di Monte Carlo).
Last spring, Djokovic also managed to beat rival Roger Federer’s resounding record in terms of weeks spent at the top of the ATP rankings: a whopping 310, a figure that seemed unattainable. On the other hand, Novak, thanks also to the points kept with the victory in Melbourne, first reached and then knocked down the number of the Swiss, being today at 330.
Djokovic, the Recordbreaker
Now, the Belgrade champion is already sure to overtake Martina Navratilova, who in her amazing career (which led her to win 344 singles and doubles tournaments) managed to keep the top of the ranking for 332 weeks.
After her, Nole will only miss the German Steffi Graf to leave behind her: the former German star is in fact the only tennis player in history to have been number one in the world for a total of 377 weeks. Numbers that make Steffi’s ones pale, but that will certainly not demoralize Djokovic: the Serbian has already shown us his incredible skills numerous times.
At Flushing Meadows, Djokovic will have to try to redeem his performance last year, when due to an accident with the line judge – completely involuntary – Nole was forced to disqualify. The return of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, absent at Roland Garros and who preferred to give up both Wimbledon and the Olympics, is awaited.
With 30 finals played and 20 triumphs in Grand Slam trials, he is the most successful player in Grand Slam history, tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, having won nine Australian Open (absolute record), six Wimbledon, three US Open and two Roland Garros. Together with Rod Laver he is the only player of the Open era to have simultaneously held the title of all four Grand Slam events and the only one to do so on three different surfaces. With the triumph at Roland Garros 2021 he became the first ever tennis player, in the Open era, to have won all majors at least twice and the third overall after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.