Novak Djokovic transcends Steffi Graf with 378 weeks at the helm of Tennis

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ATP World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has broken yet another record this week as he surpassed Steffi Graf’s record of 377 weeks as World No. 1 in the ATP rankings. The Serbian tennis star who won this year’s Australian Open in January to reclaim his ranking now holds the record for most weeks at World No.1 with 378.

Novak Djokovic has held the record for most weeks at World No. 1 since March 2021 when he surpassed the great Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks. Thus the Serbian star now stands alone at the helm of tennis after breaking a new barrier. Novak Djokovic has 6,980 ATP ranking points and will look forward to consolidating his ranking when he plays at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week.

Record for Most Weeks at World No.1 (Men’s and Women’s)

No. 1 Player Total Weeks at World No. 1
1) Novak Djokovic378
2) Stefanie Graf377 
3) Martina Navratilova332
4) Serena Williams319 
5) Roger Federer310
Novak Djokovic holding his 10th AO Trophy
Novak Djokovic after winning his 10th Australian Open title. Image credit – Sky Sports

35-year-old Djokovic first rose to World No. 1 back in 2011 when he won his first-ever Wimbledon title. He spent his personal best of 122 weeks at the helm of tennis between 7 July 2014 and 6 November 2016. Novak Djokovic has finished as the year-end World No.1 for a record 7 times, the last time in 2021.

Novak Djokovic at Dubai Championships

Novak Djokovic will begin his Dubai campaign on the 28th against Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic in the Round of 32. He is the top seed at the event and is expected to face Andy Murray, Hubert Hurkacz, Felix Auger, and Danill Medvedev in the upcoming rounds.

He is on a 17-match winning streak coming into Dubai and is expected to win another title this week. It is not known yet known whether he will be allowed to play at the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open in March. As the days near, an announcement is imminent from either the Serbian or the tournament.

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