Novak Djokovic has equaled Roger Federer's record: the Serbian champion reached 310 weeks as world number one. In a week, however, the primacy will be all of him since it is already certain that no one will be able to overtake him in first place in the ATP ranking.
Djokovic was partially aided in achieving this prestigious milestone by the temporary changes made by ATP in the scoring system due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, in this period the points won in tournaments in the last two years are counted and not only in the last as usual.
The points before the lockdown can therefore be valid until 2022. Djokovic's (and for now Federer) is not, however, the absolute record for tennis. Steffi Graf in fact held the first position for 377 weeks, and Martina Navratilova (332) and Serena Williams (319) have also done better (so far) than the Serbian.
Tim Henman recently gave his thoughts about Roger Federer, claiming that the 39-year-old is the ‘most mesmerizing player’ in tennis history. Many believe that Roger Federer’s game is amongst the most spellbinding in tennis history.
And Henman reiterated that in a recent conversation with Forbes, while also highlighting Federer's unique personality.
Henman gives his thoughts about Roger Federer
“Tennis is blessed with some huge icons of the sport and of sport,” Tim Henman said.
“Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, they're as big a star as you can get. So we're fortunate, but they're not going to be around forever. So it's important that we do enjoy them while they're still competing”.
The Brit claimed that it won't be easy for Federer to assert himself given his age, but that the Swiss still has the ability to 'work hard' “His old level is so high, he's not going to come back just to be making up the numbers,” Henman said.
“He wants to be back competing to win the biggest and best tournaments. And that's not going to get any easier as you get close to your fortieth birthday. But he's working incredibly hard, I'm sure”. The 39-year-old admitted in July that he was weighing up the decision to call time on his lengthy professional career, but opted to continue and will feature in Doha with the hope of building sharpness ahead of a return to the Grand Slam circuit.
Federer did not begin training after his final surgery until October, and will need to ease himself back into action in order to avoid any potential setbacks that could threaten his aim of getting back on top alongside the likes of Rafael Nadal and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.