"Born to be the Greatest," fans cheer Djokovic's last milestone

The Serbian champion achieved a new achievement, which previously belonged to Roger Federer

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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"Born to be the Greatest," fans cheer Djokovic's last milestone
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In February 2023, Novak Djokovic became the tennis player who spent the most weeks at the 1st spot of the ATP ranking (378 weeks), surpassing the previous records of Roger Federer and Streffi Graf.

On Monday 8 April 2024 (yesterday), Djokovic has extended his dominance to 419 weeks: he has officially broken Roger Federer's record as the oldest No.1 of ATP rankings history.

The fans went wild on X, posting their amazed comments on yet another milestone achieved by the Serbian champion.

Below you can read some of the most significant posts:

Novak Djokovic shares his expectations for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

"My expectations are not very high, considering the way I played in tournaments this year and also the not so great results achieved in Monte-Carlo in previous seasons. So I keep expectations low. It's about building my clay game and trying to reach my best. A player like me needs a little more time to express the best level of tennis."

With these words shared during the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters media day, Djokovic analyzed the sensations that pervade him on the eve of the first ATP Masters 1000 of the season on clay courts.

Nole has always admitted that he needed time to adapt to clay in the best possible way, but he had never kept his expectations so low on the eve of an important event like the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

The Serb retraced his history in the Monegasque event and recognized that in recent editions he has not been able to express a high level of play. Djokovic won the tournament in 2013 and 2015, but he has not advanced beyond the round of 16 for four years.

"I won the title here in 2013 and 2015, a long time ago. I haven't had much success in the last five or six editions of this tournament, but I always hope that things can change. I will approach the tournament with enthusiasm. I didn't play in Miami and I had more time to train on clay and adapt physically to the surface.

I have always liked playing in Monte-Carlo, I have had my residence here for years. Both of my children were born in Monte-Carlo, so I consider it a home. Playing in a familiar environment is extra pressure. Clay is still the most challenging surface in tennis," he analyzed.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Also on the media day of the tournament, Djokovic returned to talk about the end of the professional collaboration with Goran Ivanisevic, providing further details.

"We both felt we had given our all in this relationship and it was time to move on. It's very simple. He remains one of the most successful coaches in the history of tennis. What we did together is something that cannot be undone. The results and history speak for themselves and he remains a good friend to both me and my family," he told.

The Serb then focused on the presence of Nenad Zimonjic.

"He's been a friend of mine for a long time. I've known him since I was very young, he was my Davis Cup captain. We won the ATP Cup together in 2020 and we've always had good communication. I like how he thinks about tennis, how observe my game and that of others.

He always helped me, he was like a mentor, an older brother. I was in Belgrade when I started training on clay and I asked him if he could follow me during those sessions and in Monte Carlo. We will talk about the future at the end of the tournament," he explained.

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