Novak Djokovic Inches Closer to Breaking Roger Federer’s Prestigious Record

Published 12/21/2020, 10:47 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


With the start of the new week of the ATP rankings, Novak Djokovic has now started his 300th week as the World No.1. Thus he became the second player to cross the 300th-week mark as the World No.1. He now inches closer to Roger Federer‘s record of 310 weeks at the summit of the rankings.

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With just 10 weeks remaining between Djokovic and Federer, the Serbian is projected to cross Federer’s record on March 8, 2020, if he holds his position. Beating the ranking record has been on Djokovic’s agenda for a long time. He has, time and again, reiterated that he is hunting the rankings record.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic had set his sights on the ranking record long ago

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In an earlier press conference during the season, Djokovic was confident about achieving the record and further going to other records as well.

“And I am going to give my all and the very best that I can possibly give in the next period to achieve that and then of course after that obviously the attempt to reach that I am going to focus on slams mostly. Slams will be the big one of course and let’s see I feel confident about myself and I feel confident that I can achieve that goal.”

Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Roger Federer at the 2020 Australian Open. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Djokovic is aware of these records and does keep track of it. Like he mentioned after the ranking record, the next in line is the Grand Slam record. Currently, Djokovic sits third with a Grand Slam tally of 17. He is behind the two joint leaders, Federer and Rafa Nadal, who are on 20 Slams each.

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For the past few years, Djokovic has been breaking and creating records for fun. He recently clinched his sixth year-end number one ranking. That is a record that Djokovic now holds with American great Pete Sampras. Further, after he won the Cincinnati Masters this year, he became the first man to win each of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament at least twice.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies at Wimbledon 2019. (via Getty Images)

A common characteristic of Djokovic’s personality is his fighting spirit. He sets goals for himself, which he tries his best to fulfill. He hunts these records, and that is driving him forward.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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