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Novak Djokovic Breaks Roger Federer's Record for Most Weeks as ATP No. 1

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2021

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup at Brighton Beach after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev on Sunday Feb. 21, 2021 in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.(AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
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Novak Djokovic is the No. 1 player in tennis for the 311th week, officially surpassing Roger Federer for the most weeks atop the rankings in ATP Tour history.

"It really excites me to walk the path of legends and giants of this sport," Djokovic said in a statement. "To know that I have earned my place among them by following my childhood dream is a beautiful confirmation that when you do things out of love and passion, everything is possible."

Djokovic's victory at the Australian Open last month ensured he'd pass Federer on the all-time list, and he is currently in his 36th consecutive week at No. 1. Federer and Rafael Nadal are currently tied at 20 for the most Grand Slams in men's tennis singles history, with Djokovic quickly approaching them with 18.

The Serbian has won the last three Australian Opens and won in consecutive years at Wimbledon before the 2020 event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barring injury, it feels increasingly inevitable that the 33-year-old will pass Nadal and Federer to become the greatest player in men's tennis history.

Federer turns 40 this year, hasn't won a Slam since 2018 and has been out of tennis since last February after knee surgery. Nadal, who turns 34 this year, is a mortal lock to win the French Open every year but has only seven Slams outside of Roland Garros and has limited success at the Australian Open and Wimbledon (three titles combined).

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The Joker's only French Open title came in 2016, but he's brought home five championships at Wimbledon and three at the U.S. Open. He looked like a lock to win last year's U.S. Open before being disqualified for an on-court tantrum during his fourth-round match. 

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