Novak Djokovic officially passed Rafael Nadal in terms of weeks at No. 1 today. This week marks the Serb’s 142nd week on top of the ATP rankings, just ahead of Nadal’s 141.
Djokovic’s next target is John McEnroe at 170 weeks. He could reach McnEnroe if he stays on top at the end of October. Roger Federer leads all players at 302. To reach Roger, Djokovic would have to hold No. 1 for another 163 weeks, or just before the French Open in 2018!!
“If you ask me personally, his goal, even though it seems far from now, is to pass Federer,” Djokovic’s good friend Janko Tipsarevic told ATPWorldTour.com. “I think that his goal is to be the best player of all time.
“I am so happy and proud that he has taken the sport to another level. He did it in the era of Federer and Nadal, the best tennis players in the sport’s history.
“All of a sudden this guy comes out of nowhere and raises the level even higher, when everyone thought it couldn’t go higher than these two guys.”
ATP Weeks At No. 1
Roger Federer (SUI) 302
Pete Sampras (USA) 286
Ivan Lendl (CZE) 270
Jimmy Connors (USA) 268
John McEnroe (USA) 170
Novak Djokovic (SRB) 142
Rafael Nadal (ESP) 141
Djokovic is the top seed in his home of Monte Carlo this week. After sweeping both Masters events in the U.S., the World No. 1 is full of confidence.
“I’m at the peak of my abilities right now,” Djokovic said Sunday.
“The experience of playing at a high level for the last three or four years helped me to handle these particular situations better than I have done in 2010 and 2011,” he added. “I feel like I have matured physically.
“I’m enjoying my time on the court, playing some of my best tennis. Next to 2011, this is definitely the best start I’ve ever had… It’s [been] four months, and [there’s] still a lot of time to come.”
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