Novak Djokovic secured the first no. 1 at the end of the year in 2011 after winning three Grand Slams that season. The Serbian has been the dominant figure for the past decade, equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's Major record and ranking at the top with six No.1s at the end of the season with Pete Sampras.
Novak took the throne from Rafael Nadal after last year's Australian Open and has held it ever since. Five months ago, Djokovic broke Federer's 310-week record as No. 1, building a huge lead over the Swiss and other legends. Novak has been above everyone else in 2021, winning all three major titles and chasing a Grand Slam schedule at the US Open - his first since Rod Laver in 1969!
Novak is currently 1500 points ahead of his closest rival on the ATP list, Daniil Medvedev, hoping to stay ahead of the Russian and others and secure another record with seventh No. 1 at the end of the campaign in his name.
Andy Murray praised Novak after his first round win at Cincinnati and said it would be amazing if Novak can stay on top for another year. Murray recalled what Djokovic has accomplished this year and said it would be logical to see his old rival and friend at the top.
Fans were quite disappointed when world number one Novak Djokovic decided to withdraw from the 2021 Cincinnati Masters. He last played in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he failed to get a medal for the nation from him. Despite that though, the Serbian legend has had a phenomenal season so far.
Djokovic is not playing at the Cincinnati Masters 2021
In a recent interview with the Raiffeisen Bank International, Novak Djokovic revealed the best presents that he has received from his fans. He talked about the big paintings that he got from the fans in China that was really mesmerizing.
“I have received so many wonderful gifts. I received some really big paintings, several times it happened to me, someone in China hands me one, and I mean it’s something that is incredibly beautiful, unique, handmade, and that I mean I truly appreciate.
But it is really hard for me to take it home, because I don’t know how to put it on plane,” said Djokovic in the interview. “You know, I received some presents that are incredible. I always appreciate it the most, those presents and gifts that were handmade, even if it’s a small paper or whatever it is, where a person really spends time and energy and creativity into creating something, you know, for someone else.
I always thought that that’s something that is truly from the heart. And those particular presents are in a special place in my home,” concluded the 20-time Grand Slam champion.