Novak Djokovic rewrites tennis history by equaling Federer's record



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Novak Djokovic rewrites tennis history by equaling Federer's record

This week definitely marks the history of world tennis with world number 1 Novak Djokovic who reaches the top of Roger Federer's record at 310 weeks and in 7 days will formalize yet another record of an extraordinary career.

This week's tournaments have not particularly changed the top tiers of the ranking with the Top Ten remaining unchanged and which sees the first change in 14 place with the winner of the ATP tournament in Montpellier David Goffin (he had not won a tournament since 2017) in the Milos Raonic standings, the only change in the top 20.

Stable Jannik Sinner at position number 34, soon after Lorenzo Sonego gains a position that overtakes Adrian Mannarino in the standings. Cilic also did well, gaining 3 positions and the finalist in Singapore Bublik, gaining 3 positions and obtaining the Best Ranking at 43 place.

In this part of the ranking also Davidovich Fokina who gains 5 positions (Best Ranking at 51) and Nishioka who earns even 7 positions. Caruso loses two positions while Singapore winner Alexei Popyrin makes a big leap, gaining 32 positions and entering the Top 100 for the first time.

Coria also did well, gaining 10 positions. The young Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo, winner on the night of the ATP tournament in Cordoba, gains 154 positions and enters the top 200 in the world. In the women's ranking no change in the Top 10 with all the tennis players practically stopped except Barty unexpectedly eliminated in the first rounds in Adelaide.

Best Ranking for the Polish and Roland Garros 2020 winner Iga Swiatek, winner of Adelaide and new number 15 in the world. Finalist Belinda Bencic, number 12, earns points but not positions. Best Ranking also for the talented American baby Coco Gauff who earns 14 positions and is now number 38 in the world.

The semi-final in Adelaide brings excellent news to the young woman who now seems close to the big leap to move up to higher numbers.

Ben Rothenberg against Novak Djokovic's fans

Ben Rothenberg, a reporter for the New York Times, in the course of a recent interview, which also came after the victory of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open 2021, tried to explain what this almost hostile climate towards the world number one could derive from.

Here are the his words: "The most avid part of Novak Djokovic fans is extremely aggressive and hateful, in a way I guess, that even Novak Djokovic appreciates and certainly is not. I don't think he appreciates this behavior that we can see especially within social networks.

Fans do not understand that this certainly damages the image of their player who is always kind and behaves well. All athletes have a certain group of fans, but Nole's fans have always made this particular and genuinely not great impression."

After having secured the overtaking against Roger Federer in the special ranking of the weeks at the top of the ranking, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic has in fact limited himself to doing what he has always been able to do best: to win.

Again at the Australian Open. After a tournament seasoned by controversy (and also by some physical annoyance) the number one of the big group has in fact kept the best for the last two games. He won the match against the surprise Aslan Karatsev and destroyed, tactically and mentally, Daniil Medvedev in the final.

What more than an alternative to the Djokovic Australian Open version seemed almost a certainty. And instead Djokovic is Djokovic. He resists in the first set and spreads completely between the second and third fractions. Evidently also highlighting the limits of a player who perhaps, perhaps, is not yet ready to win a Grand Slam.

It ends 7-5 6-2 6-2 after just under two hours of play: Nole adds the ninth pearl to the series of successes in the Slam downunder (practically putting himself behind only Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros) but above all reaches altitude eighteen in the Grand Slams.