Novak Djokovic equals Steffi Graf record for most weeks at No 1

Novak Djokovic equals Steffi Graf record for most weeks at No 1

Novak Djokovic has equalled Steffi Graf’s all-time record for most weeks as the World No 1.

Djokovic already holds the record for the most weeks as men’s world No.1, surpassing Roger Federer’s mark of 310 weeks in March 2021, and on Monday he drew level with German great Graf by beginning his 377th week in the top spot.

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Graf, who hit the top of the women’s rankings for the first time in 1987, finished a stellar career with 22 Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic returned to No 1 for a seventh time after his victory in the Australian Open at the end of January which was a record equalling 22nd Grand Slam singles title.

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Two former world number ones enjoyed success at the weekend — Daniil Medvedev claiming the Rotterdam title and Carlos Alcaraz making a winning return to the circuit in Argentina.

Alcaraz’s successful return to the tour, after almost four months out, in landing the Argentina Open on Sunday sees him solidify his second place in the rankings.

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas — whom Djokovic beat in the Australian Open final — rounds off the top three.

Djokovic next takes to the court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which gets underway on February 27.