We are undoubtedly living amidst the golden era of men’s tennis, mostly because of the intense competition that players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have with each other. 18-time Grand Slam champion Novak, on Monday, took another great leap in this cut-throat competition when he leveled Federer’s record for most weeks spent as World No 1.
According to The Indian Express, the 33-year-old Serbian has now spent 310 weeks, over five stints, as the highest-ranked men’s player in the world since the ATP adopted a computerized ranking system in 1973. He first rose to the No. 1 position on July 4, 2011, at the age of 24.
In this Golden Generation of men’s tennis, Djokovic may well be the one to eventually finish with the most Grand Slam titles when the Big 3 eventually retire. He still has to wait a bit to overcome that deficit, but along with a host of other records he holds, he now has the joint-longest serving World No 1.
Djokovic has many other achievements to his credit besides this. For instance, he is the only player so far to have won each of the 14 Elite events. In the tennis circuit, the ‘Elite’ events consist of the four Grand Slams, the ATP Tour Finals at the end of the year, and the nine ATP 1000 Masters events.
Djokovic is the only men’s player to have won all the nine Masters events (Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Paris) and the year-ending Tour Finals – a Career Golden Masters. He is also the only player to have won over 72 matches at each of the four Grand Slams.
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