To this day, it is not seen where they can stop Novak Djokovic in the remainder of 2021, at least in the ATP ranking. The weeks continue to pass and the only sure thing in "white sport" is to see the Serbian distancing himself more and more in the record of more weeks as the number one in 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, woke up for 333 weeks as the number one in the world, 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 lead in his hands.
At the moment he already takes 23 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 him 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, come the Americans Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, with 270 and 268, respectively. On 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.
Federer was first noticed when he knocked out Pete Sampras
During a recent interview with Sebastian Torok of La Nacional, Roger Federer's former fitness trainer Paul Dorochenko revealed how the Swiss maestro managed to prolong his career in constant defiance of Father Time.
"Most tennis players don't like traveling from hotel to hotel... But Federer has really always been very happy on the circuit. When he is in the dressing room, he is in his world," Dorochenko said in a video on Torok's Instagram.
"He knows everyone he has seen, everyone he has beaten, basically everyone... and that is why he feels home in this world. And that is why despite all the years that he is traveling on the pro tour with his family, he is very happy there."
Dorochenko also admitted that he would like for Federer to go out on a high just like Sampras, who retired after winning the 2002 US Open. "I would also like him to retire on his own terms as Sampras did," Dorochenko said.