For a long time now, Roger Federer has held the record for the most weeks at No. 1. He was at the position for 310 weeks and many would think it’s impossible to beat him. However, Novak Djokovic is on the road to doing just that as he is currently in his 287th week as the top-ranked player.
If he continues like this, he will beat Federer’s record on March 8, 2021. However, that is a long time away and hence, many are wondering – who could prevent this from happening? US Open 2020 champion Dominic Thiem emerges as one of the topmost contenders.
How Can Dominic Thiem Replace Novak Djokovic As World No. 1?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP had to come up with a new ranking system, which dictates that players will not drop points at any events except the ATP World Tour Finals.
So, if we remove the points earned by Novak and Dominic at that event, the Serb stands at 11,060 and the Austrian is at 8,325. This seems like a big difference, but mathematically, it is possible for Thiem to make up for it.
He needs to win all of his upcoming events which include the French Open, the Paris Masters, and the ATP Finals. This would put his total at 11,535, which is definitely ahead of Djokovic. However, as you can tell, this task is extremely difficult, if not impossible.
The Austrian needs to play absolutely perfect tennis as one loss could ruin all of his chances. If Thiem’s recent performances are any indication, he won’t go down without a fight.