Ram makes history, grabs record that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic had no chance at



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Ram makes history, grabs record that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic had no chance at

Doubles specialist Rajeev Ram became the oldest first-time ATP number one after he captured the top spot of the doubles ranking at 38 years old. “It’s pretty amazing. I’ve obviously had quite a long career, which I’m grateful for.

But it’s been over the past three or four years with Joe [Salisbury] that it’s really felt like we’ve been at the top of the game and been contending for all the major titles,” Ram told ATPTour.com.

“It’s a lot of hard work that a lot of people put in, not just me, to get me to this point”. Ram pointed out why he appreciates his new achievement. “I certainly appreciate that now because I feel like it shows the fact that you can wait long.

As long as you’re resilient [and] persistent, things can happen, even much later,” Ram said. “Everyone is on their own path and maybe it’s even a little bit sweeter if it takes a little bit longer”.

Ram's key was focus

Per ATP, Ram's key to become ATP number one in doubles was to focus on his doubles skills rather than compete in the singles competition as well. “I felt like I restarted my career in 2017 when I started playing doubles.

I don’t feel like it’s been that long in the sense of it feels like I’ve just really played doubles for about five years,” Ram said. “It feels a little different than it would have [if] I played doubles my whole career and all of a sudden at 38 I got to this point.

“I needed to focus every bit of attention I had to maximise my skill in doubles, I felt like. That’s sort of what I did. To have a steady partner, to have a group around us that we all believe in and we trust, I think these results are a [result] of that”.