On March 8, Novak Djokovic passed Roger Federer's ultimate record and became a player with most weeks on the ATP throne, celebrating his 311th week at the top. Leaving his ATP rivals behind, Novak set eyes on the WTA legends and moved in front of Serena Williams in May.
At that moment, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova were Novak's only remaining opponents, and the Serb has matched Navratilova's number of 332 weeks as world no. 1 this Monday. Djokovic has held the ATP throne since February last year, and it will take something special from his opponents if they want to end his streak and become world no.
1, especially after stellar results in 2021. Novak became the first player since Rod Laver with the season's opening three Majors and will chase the ultimate glory in September in New York. Djokovic has been a player to beat since 2011, standing as the dominant figure at Majors and the Masters 1000 events and reducing the deficit to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
After winning one Major in 2020, Novak was eager to make another strong push and catch his greatest rivals, targeting all four Majors in 2021 and doing a marvelous job so far. Novak has openly spoken about his desire to beat Federer and Nadal in the Major race for the last couple of years, never losing faith despite some setbacks.
Novak Djokovic and Martina Navratilova are tied on 332 weeks as world no. 1.
In Melbourne, the Serb suffered an abdominal injury in the third round against Taylor Fritz and struggled for a couple of encounters before beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final for his ninth Australian Open crown.
Novak suffered three losses on clay ahead of Roland Garros, where he came from two sets to love down versus the young gun Lorenzo Musetti. Djokovic stunned the 13-time champion Rafael Nadal after over four hours of a titanic battle in the semis.
The first-time Major finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas had two sets to love advantage in the title match before Novak shifted into a higher gear and left the Greek behind to celebrate the 19th Major title. Djokovic was the clear favorite at Wimbledon and did not fail to meet the expectations.
The world's leading player lost only two sets in seven matches and toppled Matteo Berrettini in the final to secure the 20th Major title and match his greatest rivals. Novak lost to Alexander Zverev in the Olympic Games semi-final and will throw everything on the upcoming US Open, chasing the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969.