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The Serbian equaled the 310-week record as the world’s number one that belonged to the Swiss in isolation

Playback / DjokovicDjokovic equaled the 310-week record as number one in the world that belonged to Swiss Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic finally reached the record for Roger Federer leading the ranking. This Monday, 1st, the Serbian equaled the 310-week mark as number one in the world that belonged to the Swiss in isolation. Next Monday, he will set a new record in tennis history by completing 311 weeks at the top. The tie with Federer and the subsequent new record were already guaranteed to Djokovic since Rafael Nadal was eliminated at the Australian Open last month. The Spaniard was the only one who could beat the top Serb in the following weeks. Now Djokovic will only be able to leave the number 1 position in the world after breaking Federer’s record.

The current leader of the ranking has already warned that he will stop treating the top as a priority, as he had been doing in recent months. From now on he said he will focus on the quest to overcome another Swiss brand, which also belongs to Nadal: the record of 20 Grand Slam titles. Djokovic, on being champion in Australia, adds up to 18. “Now, after reaching the historic mark of weeks in the lead of the ranking, I will have a little relief because now I will focus all my attention on the Grand Slams”, said the Serb shortly after being Australian Open champion. “When you are looking for the record in the ranking you need to play all season and play well in all tournaments.”

After Djokovic and Federer, the American Pete Sampras, with 286 weeks, appears in the list of more weeks in the leadership. He is followed by Czech Ivan Lendl (270), American Jimmy Connors (268) and Nadal (209). The Swiss tennis player, however, still holds the record for weeks running at the top of the ranking. They are 237, against 122 of the Serb, who has already warned that he will play fewer tournaments this season to avoid injuries. Djokovic is in his fifth stint at the top of the ranking, which started in February last year. At the age of 33, he had achieved the number 1 position for the first time on July 4, 2011, at the age of 24.

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