With rivals Roger Federer aging and Rafael Nadal returning from injury, Novak Djokovic is primed for a repeat of his 2014 No. 1 ranking finish. But will the Serb do something he’s never done before, that is maintain the top spot for the duration of the 2015 season?
The case for Djokovic staying No. 1 every week this year…
* Rivals Roger Federer (aging), Rafael Nadal (returning from injury)
* Young guns still a year or more away
* Is Andy Murray a real threat?
* Already won the Australian Open
* At 27 in prime of his career
* With 8 Slams, motivation to win more titles the next 3-4 years, possibly closing in on all time greats
The case against Djokovic keeping No. 1 for the whole year….
* Rafael Nadal can always run the table during clay season, putting pressure on at Wimbledon
* Nadal will be aided by the extra week before Wimbledon (as should everyone, including Djokovic)
* Djokovic has not won more than one Slam in the last three years
* Tougher competition this year with Nishikori, Wawrinka, Raonic, Berdych, Dimitrov all playing well
* Family obligations continue to take time from important practice, plus tournament schedule cutbacks?
* Only five players in history have been ranked No. 1 every week during a year
* Injuries always happen
* Does he care about this achievement?
ATP Players to rank No. 1 every week during calendar year:
Jimmy Connors (1975, 1976, 1978)
Ivan Lendl (1986, 1987)
Pete Sampras (1994, 1997)
Lleyton Hewitt (2002)
Roger Federer (2005, 2006, 2007)
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