Djokovic Returns To No. 1 in ATP Rankings
Novak Djokovic is rewriting his already many records, as well as obtaining new records and prestigious positions in some special rankings. A part of the GOAT debate Novak is tied with Nadal in the number of Grand Slams in the men’s singles – 22.
He returned to No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time since last June after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to win a record-extending 10th Australian Open crown. The 35-year-old’s rise from World No. 5 to World No. 1 is the biggest jump to the top of the men’s tennis mountain in the history of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings (since 1973).
If Djokovic remains World No. 1 through the week of 20 February, he will tie Stefanie Graf’s record for most weeks as World No. 1 in history (men and women) at 377. If the Serbian maintains top spot through the week of 27 February, he will break Graf’s mark.
Djokovic overcame the hindrance caused by a hamstring issue to reclaim the Australian Open title after being deported from Melbourne last year. Meanwhile, Nadal is confident to recover from the hip flexor issue he suffered during the Australian Open in time to bid for a 15th French Open title. Djokovic and Nadal look promising to continue the back end of their glittering careers
“I am motivated to win as many Slams as possible. At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivational factor of why I still compete,” the 35-year-old said. “I never really liked comparing myself to others, but of course it’s a privilege to be part of the discussion as one of the greatest players of all time.”
Djokovic is aiming to go past Serena Williams’ Open Era record of 23 major titles and eventually Margaret Court’s all-time haul of 24.