Novak Djokovic on passing Steffi Graf for most weeks at No 1: It's surreal

Djokovic has added yet another stunning accomplishment to his resume.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Novak Djokovic on passing Steffi Graf for most weeks at No 1: It's surreal

Novak Djokovic admits it is "surreal" to be tying and passing Steffi Graf on the all-time list for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot. Last Monday, Djokovic tied Graf's record of 377 weeks spent at the top spot. This Monday, Djokovic entered a record-breaking 378th week as the world No 1.

Reflecting on his latest stunning achievement, Djokovic admitted it is "flattering" to be in the same sentence with Graf and other all-time greats. "It's surreal in a way to be that many weeks world No. 1, to match Steffi Graf, that is one of the all-time greats of our sport, both men and women.

Just being amongst these legendary names is flattering," Djokovic said in Dubai, per Tennis Now.

Djokovic grateful his hard work has paid off

Last Wednesday in Belgrade, Djokovic held a press conference for mostly Serbian journalists.

At the start of his press conference, Djokovic addressed tying Graf for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot. "I'm glad that I reached Steffi Graf's record. I subordinated everything to this sport and I'm very lucky to have a great team of people around me, not only professional, but also family, who have been giving me their unconditional support throughout their lives and helped me to today stand in front of you with records and achievements.

I say this to remind myself of where I started from and how this journey had to be carried out and experienced! At this stage of my career, I feel that I have to put in even more effort and everything on and off the court to keep up with the young players," Djokovic said in Belgrade last week.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is playing at this week's ATP 500 event in Dubai. For Djokovic, this is his first tournament since winning the Australian Open. It remains to be seen if Djokovic can win his sixth Dubai title this week.

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