Despite Over-Throwing Roger Federer Recently, Novak Djokovic Will Fail to Beat the Swiss Legend’s Invincible Stat

Published 04/08/2024, 9:39 AM EDT

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic‘s record-breaking is synonymous with his journey to tennis superstardom. He has been at the top of the ATP rankings for a staggering record total of 420 weeks and still counting. Statistics are heavily in favor of the Serb and he even leads Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in their head-to-head count.

Adding one more to his tally, Djokovic recently surpassed Federer and broke one of his previously held records. However, despite breaking many of the Swiss maestro’s records, one particularly notable achievement still eludes him, proving to be an insurmountable challenge.

Novak Djokovic is the oldest world No. 1 in ATP rankings history!


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The Serbian is indeed a terminator when it comes to obliterating records. At 36 years and 321 days old he recently surpassed Federer as the oldest No. 1 in the PIF ATP ranking history. However the most impressive of them all still seems out of reach for Djokovic, who is in the twilight of his career.

At 36 with seemingly a downward spiral dawning upon him, there isn’t simply enough time on his hand to break Federer’s record of being at the top of the rankings for a whopping 237 consecutive weeks, from 02-02-2004 to 10-08-2008. Djokovic is placed at the fourth spot with an impressive 122 weeks starting from 07-07-2014 and ending on 30-10-2016.


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The others in the top five are Jimmy Connors at the second spot with 160 weeks, Ivan Lendl at third with 157 weeks, and Pete Sampras at the fifth spot with 102 weeks. However, it is important to note that the Serb features on the list of the top 20 the most number of times at the sixth spot with 86 weeks, at the thirteenth spot with 53 weeks, fifteenth spot with 52 weeks, and finally at the nineteenth spot with 46 weeks.

As impressive as it might be, one record cannot be held against The Serb’s humongous tally. He has claimed most of the records that at a moment in time Federer would have thought were untouchable but there is still work left to be done for the Djoker!

‘I’m going for all possible records’ – Novak Djokovic

Speaking to a Serbian publication, Kurir, ahead of the ATP finals last year Djokvic clears the air that despite the hate he might get from a certain section of fans for his open pursuit, he is still committed to chasing as many records as possible for him.


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via Reuters

“I’m going for all possible records, all that I can break. I’ve never had a problem saying that. And that may be why people don’t like me; I didn’t pretend to be someone – to say that it’s not my goal, and then to behave differently… I always tried to be in line with what I believe!” he said.

There are still a few big ones that Djokovic would like to claim, one of them is the most number of ATP titles. American former pro Jimmy Connors sits at the top with 106 titles, followed by Federer with 103 who is tailed closely by Djokovic with 98.


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The Serb’s greatness will be on display at the ATP Monte Carlo Open, Although speaking to the media ahead of the tournament he declared the Paris Olympics as his main “priority” and also expressed relatively “low expectations” for the Monte Carlo Masters.


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Anubhav Bhandari


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