Novak Djokovic moves closer to Steffi Graf's ultimate record
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 4748
Novak Djokovic is spending his 375th week as world no. 1, standing 65 ahead of Roger Federer. After achieving almost everything related to the ATP ranking, Novak is now chasing the overall record kept by Steffi Graf. The famous German collected 377 no.
1 weeks, and Djokovic looks good to pass her in three weeks and secure the honor that will take some beating. The Serb kicked off his seventh reign on the ATP throne following his 22nd Major title in Melbourne. Novak battled against Stefanos Tsitsipas for the no.
1 spot in the final and scored a 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 victory in two hours and 56 minutes, matching Rafael Nadal and writing history books. Things did not look good for Djokovic after the last year's Roland Garros, losing the title to Rafael Nadal and missing 2000 ATP points at Wimbledon due to politics.
To make things even worse, Novak skipped Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open due to his vaccination status. Djokovic entered Tel Aviv at the end of September, playing his first ATP tournament in over two months. The Serb won the title and added another a week later at the ATP 500 event in Astana.
Hungry for more, Novak set his eyes on his seventh Paris Masters crown. Djokovic reached the final and fell to the young gun Holger Rune after a massive battle. Novak secured 1350 points at three events, with 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 at the start of 2023.
Novak Djokovic stands on 375 weeks as world no. 1.
Djokovic kicked off the new season with the Adelaide title, adding 250 points and winning his fourth title from the previous five tournaments.
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, doing everything to take the pain away and remain in contention.
The Serb felt better for the rest of the tournament, storming over Alex de Minaur, Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul to reach the title clash. Djokovic defeated 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 seventh reign on the ATP throne. If he maintains this form, Djokovic will have a chance to achieve 400 weeks as world no. 1, despite missing Indian Wells and Miami.