Novak Djokovic: 'There were two or three more people that...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 5208
Novak Djokovic sees the door open to once again stretch one of the records that he already has in his possession and that seems, at least for the moment, an impossible mission for anyone who seeks to dethrone him. The Serbian tennis player has the chance to leave Melbourne Park as the new number one in the world and thus be able to continue extending his record of more weeks as the leader of the ATP ranking.
Currently 'Nole' has a total of 373 weeks in the position of honor, 63 more than his main escort. The difference is overwhelming with respect to the rest, and it could be more so in a season where he will defend few points in a year where he aimed to return to being number one in the world.
His escort in this classification could not be other than the Swiss Roger Federer. The "express" had been the only player who had overcome the barrier of 300 weeks leading the ATP ranking. The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American Pete Sampras, who retired with 286 weeks as #1.
Further behind come two other former tennis players such as the Americans Ivak Lendl (270) and Jimmy Connors (268). The other member of the Big-3, the Spanish Rafael Nadal, who has 209 weeks in the privileged place, only appears up to sixth place in the classification.
This is one of the great records that Novak Djokovic has in his power and that, if everything goes as logic indicates, he will be able to continue stretching it and the 400 is just around the corner. How long do you think it will take for 'Nole'e to regain his place as number one in the world?
Getting back to Serbia was not enough for Nole
One year after his controversial deportation from Australia, Novak Djokovic is back in the country.
“A lot of people still have a wrong idea of what happened. [There were] two or three more people that came into Australia 10 days before I did with exactly the same exemption that I had,” Djokovic said. "I was just following the rules.
My exemption was verified by an independent body and panel of doctors. The first several months after I came back ... I went back to Serbia ... going through a little bit of challenging times I must say, not just with Australian media, but media worldwide,” Djokovic said. "It was a lot of pressure and not great narrative in the media about me at all."