PARIS: Novak Djokovic will on Monday established a new landmark of 311 months as world amount one particular, surpassing Roger Federer whose maintain on a report-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights.
The 33-12 months-aged Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer turning 40 in August.
He is also a year more youthful than Rafael Nadal who also has 20 majors.
“Now that I have grow to be the historic No.1, I’m relieved,” stated Djokovic immediately after sweeping to a ninth Australian Open up final thirty day period which assured his extended continue to be at the top rated.
“Now, I’m likely to be in a position to concentration largely on the Grand Slams.”
Djokovic reclaimed the best position from Nadal in February 2020 and finished as yr-end selection one particular for the sixth time, tying the mark established by Pete Sampras.
He is presently in his fifth distinctive spell atop the rankings.
Nadal, at this time at selection two, has been at the leading for ‘only’ 209 weeks in complete though the 13-time Roland Garros winner can boast becoming a prime 10 ever-present due to the fact April 2005.
He will, on the other hand, drop his environment variety two place to Daniil Medvedev a 7 days on Monday.
Federer, who returns to action in Doha next week following extra than a yr out of action to recuperate from two knee surgeries, will slip out of the best 5 on Monday.
Djokovic manufactured his best 100 debut in July 2005, just months just after Nadal experienced gained his 1st Roland Garros.
He was top 50 in June 2006, major 20 for the very first time in Oct 2006 and top rated 10 by March 2007.
He first turned earth selection just one at the age of 24 on July 4, 2011, the working day immediately after profitable Wimbledon for the to start with time, beating Nadal in the remaining.
Only a 6-month injuries absence in 2017 observed his position plunge, all the way to 22 the pursuing summer months.
It was just a blip — Djokovic was back at selection a single once again by November and with the exception of November 2019 until January very last year, when Nadal reclaimed pole placement, he has been rock sound.
Few would guess from Djokovic, who in 2016 was the very first person to split the $100 million prize dollars barrier, ending his vocation with a lot more Slams than Federer and Nadal.
In head-to-heads, he prospects Federer 27-23 and has won all six of their previous conferences at the majors, including 2019’s epic Wimbledon last in which he saved two match factors.
Federer has not overwhelmed Djokovic at the Slams due to the fact Wimbledon in 2012.
Versus Nadal, he has a 29-27 lead and is continue to a person of only two guys to have crushed the Spaniard at Roland Garros due to the fact 2005.
At least Nadal, nonetheless, can boast comfortably viewing off Djokovic in the 2020 Roland Garros remaining, denying the Serb the possibility to grow to be the to start with gentleman in 50 percent a century to get all 4 Slams far more than the moment.
Djokovic, whose lone French Open up title came in 2016, has comfortably much more Australian Opens than Federer (six) and Nadal (just one).
His Wimbledon overall stands at 5 to Federer’s eight and Nadal’s two.
At the US Open, he has a few to Federer’s five and Nadal’s four.
“Obviously I have in my head to gain extra Grand Slam titles and to split data.
“Right until I retire from the tour, I will be devoting most of my notice and energy to winning the other important titles,” Djokovic reported.