Novak Djokovic takes Roger Federer record with Australian Open run

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, pictured here at the Australian Open in 2020.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

With Rafael Nadal's loss in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is guaranteed of a special piece of tennis history.

Djokovic is now guaranteed to keep his World No.1 until at least March 8, which would give him the all-time record for most weeks atop the rankings (311).

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Roger Federer currently holds the record with 310, with Djokovic trailing by just two weeks.

But with World No.2 Nadal's shock loss in the Australian Open quarter-finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, no-one can stop Djokovic from breaking Federer's record.

When the officials rankings are updated on March 8, Djokovic will remain on top for a historic 311th week.

The incredible record was something Djokovic said he was targeting as a career goal.

“This is one of my two biggest professional goals,” Djokovic said in December.

“To reach the record of, [and] surpass Roger’s record for longest [time at] No.1 and win as many slams as possible. 

"I have been saying that before, so I’m working towards that.

“I’m at a good place right now, in a good position. Hopefully I can stay healthy and continue to play well.”

Djokovic also has the perfect chance to gain on Federer and Nadal's all-time record of 20 grand slam titles.

The Serbian star will face either Tsistipas or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday night's Australian Open final, with a win taking him to 18 majors.

At 33 years old, many believe Djokovic is destined to finish ahead of both Federer (39) and Nadal (34).

Tsitsipas and Medvedev in semi-final showdown

There may have been largely kind words between them in the lead-up to their Australian Open semi-final, but Djokovic didn't miss out on the chance of throwing a little petrol on the Tsitsipas-Medvedev rivalry.

Assessing Friday's match-up which will determine who he plays him in the decider, Djokovic seemed happy enough to open some old wounds.

"I know that these two guys have a history between them on and off the court a little bit - so I'm sure there's going to be a lot of intensity," said Djokovic after qualifying for the final on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Russian Aslan Karatsev.

"It's a great rivalry these guys have. I'm going to watch it and enjoy it."

Medvedev goes in as the clear favourite against Tstsipas, riding a 19-game streak and having won five of their six clashes.

The Greek did, however, win their last clash in 2019 and has pinched a set off the Russian in four of the other five encounters.

Novak Djokovic, pictured here after his win in the Australian Open semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic celebrates his win in the Australian Open semi-finals. (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Most weeks as men's World No.1 (as of February 19)

310 - Roger Federer

308 - Novak Djokovic

286 - Pete Sampras

270 - Ivan Lendl

268 - Jimmy Connors

209 - Rafael Nadal

with AAP

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