Novak Djokovic secured the first year-end no. 1 honor in 2011 after winning three Majors that year. The Serb has been the dominant figure in the past decade, matching Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s Major record and standing at the top with six year-end no. 1 finishes with Pete Sampras. Novak took the throne from Rafael Nadal after the last year’s Australian Open and has kept it ever since. Five months ago, Djokovic broke Federer’s record of 310 weeks as world no. 1, building a massive advantage over the Swiss and other legends. Novak has been above all the others in 2021, winning all three Major titles and chasing a calendar Grand Slam at the US Open, the first since Rod Laver in 1969!
Andy Murray spoke about Novak Djokovic’s ranking achievements.
Novak is currently 1500 points in front of his closest rival on the ATP list, Daniil Medvedev, hoping to stay in front of the Russian and others and secure another record with the seventh year-end no. 1 honor by his name. Andy Murray praised Novak after his first-round victory in Cincinnati, saying it would be incredible if Novak can stay at the top for another year. Murray reminded what Djokovic has achieved this year, saying it would be logical to see his old rival and friend at the top. Andy had to give his everything to secure the first and only year-end no. 1 title in 2016, battling with Novak in the second part of the season and beating the Serb in the ATP Finals title clash to pass him and steal the throne.
“What all those guys have been doing has been amazing. To finish No. 1 while not playing too many tournaments is impressive. There’s not much you can say about what those guys have done; it’s incredible. They’ve dominated the sport. Their drive and love for the game is obviously unbelievably high, and mentally it’s the most challenging part. Winning one tournament is difficult to achieve. To become world no. 1, I had to win five or six events in a row before conquering the ATP throne. To do it for a whole season is extremely difficult. It would be impressive if Novak can achieve the year-end no. 1 honor for seven years. Also, he had other notable years, finishing in the top-2 or top-3,” Andy Murray said.