Novak Djokovic is the fourth player with 800 top-10 weeks
Novak Djokovic is celebrating his 800th week in the top-10! Novak has joined three other legends on that feat, with Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal achieving that before him. At 36, Djokovic is still among the world’s best players, winning two Majors this year and losing the Wimbledon final.
Novak secured his 39th Masters 1000 title last Sunday, prevailing over Carlos Alcaraz in the Cincinnati final and adding 1000 ATP points to his tally. It should be enough for Djokovic to deliver the ATP throne for him after the US Open, not playing in New York a year ago.
Novak’s next target on the top-10 list is Jimmy Connors, and the Serb will pass him in 18 weeks. After that, Djokovic targets Rafael Nadal’s 912 top-10 weeks and Roger Federer’s ultimate 968! Novak claimed his first professional title in 2003 at 16 and finished the following season inside the top-200.
Making a Major debut at the Australian Open 2005 as a qualifier, Novak was ready to challenge better-ranked opponents that year. He earned at least one win at the following three Majors and wrapped up the year in the top-100 for the first time despite a light schedule.
Novak Djokovic is the fourth player with 800 top-10 weeks.
The sky was the limit for the Belgrade native after delivering 40 ATP wins in 2006, advancing into the Roland Garros quarter-final and lifting his first ATP trophy in Amersfoort in July.
Djokovic was the last man standing in Metz in October, carving the way toward the top-20 and preparing an even stronger assault in 2007. Novak lost his first Masters 1000 final in March, although he collected enough points to crack the top-10 for the first time.
The Serb performed as a top-10 player in Miami and went all the way, lifting his most notable title before turning 20. As we all know, the rest is history, as Djokovic secured a place among the most outstanding players long ago.
Novak has been the leading figure in men’s tennis since 2011, reducing the deficit to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and looking eager to catch their Major tally.Novak spent 555 consecutive weeks in the top-10 before losing his spot in the elite group in November 2017 after missing all the action after Wimbledon due to an elbow injury.
Djokovic needed half a year to regain his form and become a contender for notable titles again. He raised his level in May and June 2018 and cracked the top-10 again after winning Wimbledon. Standing among the players to beat in the last five years, Djokovic has earned many ranking records, including the most weeks as world no.
1 and seven year-end no. 1 honors. Novak stands 500 ATP points behind Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP Race and will try to catch the Spaniard by the end of the season.