‘Roger Federer’s so happy practicing’, says top coach

Despite how long the year began on a personal level for Novak Djokovic, he continues to take advantage of it to stretch his advantage in one of the great historical records of “white sport”. The weeks continue to pass and the Serbian tennis player remains at the top of the ATP circuit. Of course, increasingly away from the main pursuers of him as the player with the most weeks being number one in the world. “Nole”, 34, woke up for week number 355 as the leader of the men’s circuit. The Serbian is already the tennis player who accumulates the longest time in the position of honor and there is no time when they can displace him. His triumph in the last editions of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon gives him a margin, with everything and that he could not complete the perfect Grand Slam at the US Open. At the moment he already takes 45 weeks from his main pursuer, which is the Swiss Roger Federer with 310. Although the “express” is still active and is currently sixth in the ranking, the possibility that he will return to the top at 39 years of age is very remote. The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American Pete Sampras with 286 weeks. Further back on the list are Americans Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, with 270 and 268, respectively. For his part, the Spanish Rafael Nadal is in the sixth historic box with 209 weeks being the leader of the ATP circuit. These are the only six tennis players in history who have exceeded the 200-week barrier as world number one, with Djokovic holding the record with a figure that will continue to increase in the coming months.

Annacone speaks about Federer

Paul Annacone recently appeared on a podcast where he spoke extensively about his former charge Roger Federer, explaining how the Swiss’ willingness to listen to advice sets him apart from the rest of the tour. “Roger, when I started to understand all these little nuances, I knew he’d loved tennis, I couldn’t believe how much he still loved tennis,” Annacone added. “I still to this day, don’t understand how he loves to practice like he does. The guy loves the game, he’s so happy practicing. There were times when we were in Dubai, and it’s 125 degrees and the guy’s laughing and having a good time, through three different shirts, two different practice partners. Pierre Paganini’s on court making him do jumps over benches and throwing medicine ball, picking up his racket and he’s just loving it and having a good time.”