Novak Djokovic has achieved one of his career goals to equal a remarkable Roger Federer record following his Australian Open victory.
Djokovic has officially equalled Federer's record of 310 weeks as World No.1 and is guaranteed to surpass the 20-time Grand Slam champ next week.
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The World No.1 announced last year that chasing this record was one of his career goals and the Serb will officially extend the achievement.
Djokovic was helped last year with the two-year ranking system enforced during the coronavirus pandemic interruption, which allowed him to keep his points when there was little tennis on.
But it's hard to argue the champion wouldn't have held the World No.1 ranking regardless and there is little doubt he is currently the world's best player.
This was clear after his dismantling of high-flying Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
Djokovic's incredible World No.1 record
Djokovic's longest stint as World No.1 was an incredible 122 weeks between July 2014 and November 2016.
Roger Federer – 310
Novak Djokovic – 310
Pete Sampras – 286
Ivan Lendl – 270
Jimmy Connors – 268
Rafael Nadal – 209
There is little doubt Djokovic is set to put space between himself and Federer, despite only playing sparingly at the age of 33.
Djokovic currently sits 12,030 ranking points, which is 2,000 clear of Rafael Nadal in second.
The World No.1 moved to 18 Grand Slam titles after his Aus Open win, two behind Nadal and Federer.
Djokovic recently said after he achieved the World No.1 record he would almost solely turn his focus to the Grand Slam record.
“After achieving the historic number one for the longest weeks at number one, it’s going to be a relief for me because I’m going to focus all my attention on slams mostly,” he said.
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