Novak Djokovic Says He is “Not Paying Too Much Attention to Rankings” After Breaking Roger Federer’s Record

Published 05/10/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


World No.1 Novak Djokovic will begin his Italian Open 2021 campaign tomorrow. The Serbian legend is the defending champion there and enters the event as one of the favorites. Fans are quite excited to see him on the court again and want to know what’s going on in his mind right now.

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In a recent interview, Djokovic revealed his priorities at this stage of his career. He mentioned that he is not thinking about the rankings right now because he has already accomplished what he wanted to achieve.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third-round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“I am not paying too much attention to rankings nowadays after I have achieved the historic number one,” said Djokovic in the interview.

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Djoker became the World No.1 player after overthrowing Rafael Nadal in February 2020. In March 2021, he overtook Roger Federer and became the player with the most number of weeks as the men’s ATP World No. 1.

As of now, he has been the No.1 player for 320 weeks. Even though Daniil Medvedev had the chance to surpass him, he didn’t play well at the Miami Open 2021 and then skipped the Monte Carlo Masters as well as he tested positive for COVID-19, thus, ensuring that Djokovic remains the World No.1 for some more time.

“My priority are Grand Slams”- Novak Djokovic

In the same interview, Djokovic reflected that his priority is to win more and more Grand Slams at the moment. He stated that he thinks about succeeding there and wants to finish his career as the player with the most Grand Slams titles.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his second-round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“It (staying World No.1) was the focus, but now my priority are Grand Slams, I want to peak for those,” added the 33-year-old.

Djokovic currently has 18 Majors after his triumph at the Australian Open 2021. However, he is still two majors behind his arch-rivals, Rafa and Roger, who have 20 at the moment. He can certainly reach their level if he excels at the French Open and the US Open this year.

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Novak Djokovic will play Taylor Fritz tomorrow in the first round of the Italian Open 2021. He survived a tough match against the American player at the Australian Open this year. Will Djokovic be able to conquer Rome yet again this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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