Novak Djokovic celebrates 400 weeks as world no. 1 with record-breaking season



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Novak Djokovic celebrates 400 weeks as world no. 1 with record-breaking season
Novak Djokovic celebrates 400 weeks as world no. 1 with record-breaking season © Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Novak Djokovic has cemented his place as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, marking an extraordinary milestone in his career. He has reached an unprecedented 400 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, a feat that has never been achieved before.

To commemorate this remarkable achievement, Djokovic capped off the year with a record-setting eighth year-end number one ranking and a record-breaking seventh final Masters title, defeating Jannik Siner in the Turin final.

Reflecting on his remarkable accomplishment, Djokovic expressed his pride and gratitude, stating: "That's a pretty good achievement, 400 weeks at number one. This has never been done in history. Someone will surely break that record in the end, but I hope it will stay for a long time." Djokovic's journey to the pinnacle of tennis has been nothing short of remarkable.

In February, he surpassed the legendary Steffi Graf's record of 377 weeks at number one, becoming the all-time leader in the men's and women's categories. This achievement was preceded by his surpassing of Roger Federer's 310-week record in 2021, further solidifying his dominance in the sport.

Djokovic ambitiously enters the new season, the rest of the ATP list remains unchanged

Despite his already staggering list of accolades, Djokovic remains driven and motivated to continue pushing the boundaries of excellence.

As he enters the 2024 season, he has several ambitious goals in his sights. He is currently just two trophies shy of reaching 100 career titles, and with 1,086 victories under his belt, he is poised to become only the third tennis player in history to surpass 1,100 victories, joining Jimmy Connors and Federer.

Additionally, Djokovic will undoubtedly seek to extend his record of 24 Grand Slam titles and 40 Masters trophies. As the 2023 ATP rankings year comes to a close, Djokovic stands firmly at the top with an impressive 11,245 points, a significant margin of 2,390 points over the second-placed Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

The remaining top ten positions remain unchanged, with Danil Medvedev, Janik Siner, Andrei Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune, Hubert Hurkacz, and Taylor Fritz rounding out the elite group.

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