Novak Djokovic has surpassed Roger Federer and set a new record for the most weeks spent as No 1 in the ATP rankings.
Djokovic, who won his 18th major at the Australian Open in February, has now held the top spot for 311 weeks over the course of his career, beating Federer’s previous record of 310.
Djokovic – who reclaimed the top ranking from Nadal in February 2020 and finished as year-end No 1 for the sixth time – says his current standing “excites” him.
“It really excites me to walk the path of legends and giants of this sport,” said Djokovic.
“To know that I have earned my place among them by following my childhood dream is a beautiful confirmation that when you do things out of love and passion, everything is possible.”
Meanwhile, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi praised Djokovic’s achievements, calling his success “extraordinary”.
Gaudenzi said: “Novak’s many achievements in tennis are nothing short of extraordinary. Among them this record may stand as his single most impressive.
“Reaching No 1 is something many players dream of and very few ever accomplish, and to have held the top spot for longer than anyone is testament to the levels of sustained excellence that Novak has redefined in our sport.”
Djokovic climbed to the top of the ATP rankings for the first time in July 2011 and spent a personal-best 122 consecutive weeks as No 1 between 2014-2016.
During his career, Djokovic has achieved a 387-53 win-loss record as World No 1 – including a 117-30 record against Top 10 opponents.
His record-extending ninth triumph at Melbourne Park has also positioned him two off the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles, held jointly by Federer and Nadal.
Djokovic has made it clear that his only focus will now be on winning more Grand Slams and said he will make necessary adjustments to his playing schedule to achieve that goal.
Federer, who will turn 40 in August, will return to action in Doha this week after undergoing two knee surgeries last year.