Nobody stops Novak Djokovic or it is seen that they can do it in the remainder of 2021. The weeks continue to pass and the only sure thing in the “white sport” is to see the Serbian distancing himself more and more in the record of more weeks as the number one of the world.
Still, and apparently missing the next stops on his schedule until the US Open, “Nole” comfortably stayed at the top of the men's tennis rankings. Djokovic, 34, awoke 332 per week as the world number one, separating himself even more from his pursuers in that classification.
"Nole" is already the tennis player who accumulates the longest time in the position of honor and there is no time when they can move him. His triumph at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon gives him a margin for him to reach the last Grand Slam of the year with the leadership in his hands.
At the moment he already takes 22 weeks from his main pursuer, which is the Swiss Roger Federer with 310. Although the "express" is still active and is currently sixth in the ranking, the possibility of returning to the top with 39 years of age.
The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American Pete Sampras with 286 weeks. Further back on the list are Americans Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, with 270 and 268, respectively. For his part, the Spanish Rafael Nadal is in the sixth historic box with 209 weeks being the leader of the ATP circuit.
These are the only six tennis players in history who have exceeded the 200-week barrier as world number one, with Djokovic holding the record with a figure that will continue to increase in the coming months. Silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics in doubles with his partner Ivan Dodig, Marin Cilic spoke about a possible entry into the Hall of Fame, just days after the entry of his compatriot and former coach Goran Ivanisevic.
Cilic talks about the Big 3
"I do not know. It will be decided by the people who will make those decisions. Goran Ivanisevic deserved to be named to the Tennis Hall of Fame much earlier. Who knows, maybe this will happen to me too.
I managed to win the US Open and have many other successes around the same time as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. I also won the Davis Cup and I don’t want to stop there,” said Marin Cilic who, not wanting to speak out, is clearly pleading in his favor.