On Monday 1 March 2021, something changed forever in the Olympus of men's tennis; Roger Federer's name was joined by Novak Djokovic's name at the top of the list of players who have spent the greatest number of weeks overall in first place in the ATP rankings from 1973 to today.
Below is the list of the top 10. Who knows if Jimbo will one day return to hold the racket to try to erase the shame of those two weeks less in command than Ivan lendl, of whom he did not have the highest esteem following the events relating to the 1981 Masters.
of Djokovic takes place at the end of a week that has reserved little news in the top 100. Among the top 20 only David Goffin - thanks to the success in Montpellier - has improved his previous ranking, to the detriment of Milos Raonic.
To find something interesting you must first go back to the 82nd chair where we find Alexei Popyirin, fresh from the victory in Singapore, and then above all to the 181th where the nineteen year old Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo sat, protagonist of an unexpected and splendid victory in Cordoba which gave him 154 places in the overall ranking and third in the detached one reserved for the Next Generation, which this week looks like this.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been hailed as the mentally toughest player on the men's tour by his fellow top 10 star Alexander Zverev. Zverev is a former World No. 3, but is currently ranked seventh in the world. The German has matched up against each member of the Big 3 - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - on multiple occasions so far.
Zverev on the 2019 Wimbledon final
"Novak Djokovic," Alexander Zverev said in response to the question about who the mentally strongest player is. "You can look at that Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
He found a way (to win that match). Roger was serving for the title in the final set 40-15 up." Alexander Zverev then highlighted Roger Federer's own experience as another reason to admire Novak Djokovic for being able to script such a dramatic comeback in the match.
"Roger Federer does know how to win Grand Slams," Zverev said. "Let's be clear." The 2019 Wimbledon men's singles final will go down in history as one of the best matches ever, for more reasons than one.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) in just under 5 hours to walk away with the bragging rights. The epic encounter is the longest singles final in Wimbledon history (and the second longest final at any Major).