332 WEEKS! Novak Djokovic Matches Legendary Martina Navratilova in an Incredible Record

Published 08/02/2021, 6:01 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returned home without winning a single medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Serbian legend is quite disappointed with his performance but believes he can bounce back. He came to Tokyo with a mission to win the Gold medal, but Alexander Zverev defeated him in three sets in the semi-finals.

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Even though Novak Djokovic didn’t get what he wanted in Tokyo, he is still on the verge of creating history. He recently entered his 332nd week as the World No.1 player and equalized the record of 18-time Grand Slam champion, Martina Navratilova, who also held the top position for 332 weeks in her professional career.

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Nole broke Roger Federer’s record in March 2021 when he surpassed him to become the male player who has enjoyed the most weeks at the top position. Before him, the Swiss Maestro remained the World No. 1 player for 310 weeks.

However, Djokovic is still behind 22-time Grand Slam champion, Steffi Graf. The German was the No. 1 player for 377 weeks during her career. In order to be at the top of the list, Djoker still has to remain on the top for about 10-11 months more.

Novak Djokovic can win the Calendar Slam in 2021

Apart from this fascinating record, Djokovic is on the verge of registering his name in the history books this year as well. He has already won three Grand Slam titles in the year and will chase a Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

If Djokovic succeeds in New York this year, he’ll become the second male player after Rod Laver to achieve the Calendar Slam in the Open Era. The Australian legend accomplished the feat way back in 1969.

Thus, it is a crucial year for Novak Djokovic. Even though his body needs some rest right now, fans expect him to return to the court before the Cincinnati Masters 2021. Will he be able to end the year as the World No. 1 player?

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Anshul Singh

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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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