Novak Djokovic completes his 150th No. 1 week after turning 30, with more to come
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 8875
The ATP kicked off its ranking list in August 1973, with eight players reaching the ATP throne after turning 30. Novak Djokovic stands miles above all his rivals, as the Serb completed his 150th no. 1 week after his 30th birthday! For illustration, four of his closest competitors have gathered 98 no. 1 weeks combined, leaving Djokovic in a league of his own alone at the top. Novak has won 48 of the previous 51 matches since the last year's Rome Masters.
The Serb secured the ATP throne last week despite missing 2000 ATP points at Wimbledon and skipping the US Open and four Masters 1000 events! Novak lost to Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros quarter-final and failed to defend the title won in 2021.
Also, the Serb did not get 2000 ATP points after conquering his seventh Wimbledon title, with more bad news around the corner. Djokovic skipped the Canada Masters, Cincinnati and the US Open due to his vaccination status, entering his first tournament in over two months in Tel Aviv.
Novak continued where he left at Wimbledon and conquered Tel Aviv and Astana in back-to-back weeks. The Serb was the top favorite at the Paris Masters, seeking his seventh title at this event. Djokovic reached the final and faced the young gun Holger Rune.
The Dane fought like a lion and came from 3-1 down in the final set to prevail and steal the title away from Djokovic. Novak secured 1350 points at three events, with plenty more to come in Turin. The Serb conquered the ATP Finals after scoring all five victories, finishing the season on a high note and earning a chance to become world no.
1 after this year's Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic has collected 150 weeks as world no. 1 after turning 30.
Djokovic kicked off the 2023 season with the Adelaide title, adding 250 points to his tally and moving closer to the ATP throne.
However, Novak injured his left leg during the campaign and did not look good in the early Australian Open stages. Djokovic battled past Enzo Couacaud and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the fourth round, feeling better in the rest of the tournament.
A nine-time champion stormed over Alex de Minaur, Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul to reach the title clash. Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 for his tenth Australian Open title and the 22nd Major crown. With those 2000 ATP points, Novak passed Carlos Alcaraz and started his 374th week as world no.
1. It's Djokovic's fourth no. 1 streak since November 2018, achieving an incredible 150 weeks on the ATP throne after turning 30.