Novak Djokovic has equalled Roger Federer’s all time record for the most weeks as ATP world number one on Monday, holding the top spot for the 310th week.
Djokovic’s ninth Australian Open title last month ensured the 18 time Grand Slam champion will surpass Federer’s record next week.
The 33 year old has been helped by temporary changes to the ranking system because of the corona virus pandemic that means players can currently count tournaments from two years instead of one.
Djokovic remains the world’s best player, as evidenced by his ninth victory at the Australian Open last month.
He has begun 2021 by winning 9 consecutive matches while last year he did not lose a completed match until the French Open final in October.
His fifth spell at the top of the rankings began on February 3rd last year while he has been no.1 for all but 32 weeks since Federer hit 310 weeks in June 2018. He also sits on 12030 points, more than 2000 clear of Rafael Nadal.
Breaking the record is set to mean Djokovic plays only sparingly while restrictions prevent his young family from travelling alongside him, with the Serbian heavily prioritising the grand slams as he chases down his other major goal.
Djokovic’s trophy in Melbourne took him to 18 slam titles, two behind the joint holders of the men’s record, Federer and Nadal.
“After achievimg the historic number one for the longest weeks at number one, it’s going to ne a relief for me because I’m going to focus all my attention on slams mostly,” said Djokovic.