The Serbian has now topped the ATP rankings for a mixed 311 weeks, surpassing Federer’s tally of 310 on Monday.
Djokovic has loved 5 totally different spells as the world’s finest male tennis participant, most not too long ago wrestling prime spot of Rafael Nadal in February 2020.
“It really excites me to walk the path of legends and giants of this sport,” Djokovic mentioned per the ATP Tour.
“To know that I have earned my place among them by following my childhood dream is a beautiful confirmation that when you do things out of love and passion, everything is possible.”
The 33-year-old first topped the rankings again in July 2011 and has gone on to ascertain himself as one of the perfect gamers in tennis historical past.
After successful the Australian Open in February, Djokovic now has 18 grand slam titles to his title, simply two lower than Federer and Nadal.
“Novak’s many achievements in tennis are nothing short of extraordinary,” mentioned ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi. “Among them this record may stand as his single most impressive.”
“Reaching No. 1 is something many players dream of and very few ever accomplish, and to have held the top spot for longer than anyone is testament to the levels of sustained excellence that Novak has redefined in our sport.”
Speaking after his Australian Open victory, Djokovic mentioned he’ll now direct his efforts solely on successful extra grand slams as he hunts Federer and Nadal’s all-time males’s record.
However Federer, 39, insists his profession is way from over after enduring an extended damage lay off over the past yr.
He hasn’t performed in a aggressive match since shedding to Djokovic in final yr’s Australian Open semifinals nevertheless it set to return to motion in Qatar this week.
Whilst his expectations stay low for his first match in over a yr, Federer has his eyes set on full health at Wimbledon in June.
“I might surprise myself, but then actually I already [have] done in practice the last few weeks,” he instructed reporters.
“I was surprised at actually how well it did go. But like we know, matches are a different animal.”
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