Novak Djokovic seems to have no rival in the ATP rankings and woke up for another week at the top of the men's rankings. The weeks go by and the only sure thing in the "white sport" is to see the Serbian separating more and more in the record of more weeks as the number one in the world.
With everything and that he was absent in multiple stops of the circuit in the final part of the season, "Nole" made sure to finish another year at the top of the ranking for the seventh time in his career. Djokovic, 34, awoke 349 per week as the number one in the world, increasingly away from his pursuers in that classification.
The Serbian is already the tennis player who accumulates the longest time in the position of honor and there is no time when they can displace him. His triumph at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon gives him a margin, even though he could not complete the perfect Grand Slam at the US Open.
At the moment he already takes 39 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 that he will return to the top at 39 years of age is very remote.
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.
Boris Becker on King Roger
Former World No. 1 Boris Becker feels the more time Roger Federer spends on the sidelines, the more difficult it will be for him to make a successful return to the ATP Tour. "It goes without saying that I would like him to play tennis again.
He is an absolute legend of sport and tennis. I would also like to see him win but the reality is that the more you are absent, the more difficult it is to come back," Becker was quoted as saying. In a recent interview with Sky Sports Italia, Roger Federer revealed that even though he was recovering well from his knee injury, he was unsure about his participation at the Wimbledon Championships next year.
“I will know more in April and May but in my mind I see it very difficult to play Wimbledon in 2022,” said Federer.