Novak Djokovic has equalled Roger Federer’s record for being World No 1 for most number of weeks on the ATP tour.
Just two weeks after winning his ninth Australian Open title, and 18th Grand Slam overall, the 33-year-old has now spent 310 weeks, spread over five stints, at the top of the world ranking – the same as Federer.
It’s been just under 10 years when the then 24-year-old Djokovic became World No 1 for the first time on July 4, 2011.
His most successful stint at the top though was when he reached the mark for the third time, on July 7, 2016. He’d stay at that spot for a personal best of 122 weeks.
It was also in that stint that he became the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time – Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015, and the Australian Open and French Open in 2016.
During his current stint though, he overtook Rafael Nadal’s record for most number of Masters 1000 titles win by winning his 36th title at the Rome event. He also levelled Pete Sampras’ record for six year-end No 1 titles at the end of 2020.
On March 8, when the rankings are updated again, Djokovic will be poised to break Federer’s mark for most weeks as World No 1.
He now trails Federer and Nadal’s tally of 20 Grand Slam titles each.