Just when there is so much talk about the number one in the world, there is one above all and his name is Novak Djokovic. As much as the Serbian tennis player lost his position of honor in the ATP ranking a couple of months ago, he rests comfortably on one of the great records in the history of the "white sport".
'Nole' accumulates a total of 373 weeks as number one in the world, a record that he holds and by far compared to his main pursuer, who is still the Swiss Roger Federer, who stayed with 310 weeks at the top. Although Federer is still active, it seems practically impossible that he will return to number one in the world at some point in his career.
The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American legend Pete Sampras, with 286 weeks in the position of honor. Later, two other North Americans come, such as Ivan Lendl with 270 and Jimmy Connors with 268.
Only until the sixth place in the classification does the Spanish Rafael Nadal appear, who throughout his career has spent 209 weeks as the leader of the men's classification. In his case, he is closer to the top and in the last edition of the US Open he had the opportunity to be number one in the world, but he was left with the desire before the irruption of Carlos Alcaraz.
Although right now it seems like an impossible mission, in 2023 Novak Djokovic will have options to return to his favorite place because he will have very few points to defend. Do you think that the Serbian can regain the position of number one in the world in the short term?
Djokovic missed two Slams this year
Novak Djokovic's father, Srdjan Djokovic, surprisingly quiet for some time, the uncle takes over with a strong statement to The Pavlovic Today.
For him, his nephew will not retire before his 40th birthday! “This year has not been easy for Novak Djokovic, but he continues to push forward. I'm sure after all he's been through, he'll come out stronger. Novak knows who he is and knows what he wants.
The ordeal he went through this year in Australia only extended his career. Instead of maybe retiring from tennis in three or four years, he will do so in five or six years. He rests his body, ”assured Goran Djokovic.