Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a brand new landmark of 311 weeks as world primary, surpassing Roger Federer whose maintain on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly within the Serb’s sights. The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his facet with Federer turning 40 in August. He can also be a yr youthful than Rafael Nadal who additionally has 20 majors. “Now that I’ve become the historic No.1, I’m relieved,” stated Djokovic after sweeping to a ninth Australian Open final month which assured his prolonged keep on the prime.
“Now, I’m going to be able to focus mainly on the Grand Slams.”
Djokovic reclaimed the highest rating from Nadal in February 2020 and completed as year-end primary for the sixth time, tying the mark set by Pete Sampras.
He is at the moment in his fifth totally different spell atop the rankings.
Nadal, at the moment at quantity two, has been on the prime for ‘solely’ 209 weeks in complete though the 13-time Roland Garros champion can boast being a prime 10 ever-present since April 2005.
He will, nonetheless, lose his world quantity two spot to Daniil Medvedev per week on Monday.
Federer, who returns to motion in Doha subsequent week after greater than a yr out of motion to recuperate from two knee surgical procedures, will slip out of the highest 5 on Monday.
Djokovic made his prime 100 debut in July 2005, simply weeks after Nadal had received his first Roland Garros.
He was prime 50 in June 2006, prime 20 for the primary time in October 2006 and prime 10 by March 2007.
He first turned world primary on the age of 24 on July 4, 2011, the day after profitable Wimbledon for the primary time, beating Nadal within the last.
Brief dip and swift return
Only a six-month damage absence in 2017 noticed his rating plunge, all the best way to 22 the next summer time.
It was only a blip — Djokovic was again at primary once more by November and aside from November 2019 till January final yr, when Nadal reclaimed pole place, he has been rock stable.
Few would guess in opposition to Djokovic, who in 2016 was the primary man to interrupt the $100 million prize cash barrier, ending his profession with extra Slams than Federer and Nadal.
In head-to-heads, he leads Federer 27-23 and has received all six of their final conferences on the majors, together with 2019’s epic Wimbledon last the place he saved two match factors.
Federer hasn’t overwhelmed Djokovic on the Slams since Wimbledon in 2012.
Against Nadal, he has a 29-27 lead and remains to be one in all solely two males to have overwhelmed the Spaniard at Roland Garros since 2005.
At least Nadal, nonetheless, can boast comfortably seeing off Djokovic within the 2020 Roland Garros last, denying the Serb the chance to change into the primary man in half a century to win all 4 Slams greater than as soon as.
Djokovic, whose lone French Open title got here in 2016, has comfortably extra Australian Opens than Federer (six) and Nadal (one).
His Wimbledon complete stands at 5 to Federer’s eight and Nadal’s two.
At the US Open, he has three to Federer’s 5 and Nadal’s 4.
“Obviously I have in my mind to win more Grand Slam titles and to break records.
“Until I retire from the tour, I might be devoting most of my consideration and power to profitable the opposite main titles,” Djokovic stated.
Topics talked about on this article