Novak Djokovic overtakes Steffi Graf to claim historic rankings record

Novak Djokovic has broken Steffi Graf’s record, making him the only tennis player in history to top the world rankings for 378 weeks
Novak Djokovic has broken Steffi Graf's longstanding ranking record
Novak Djokovic has broken Steffi Graf's longstanding ranking record

(Tennis news) Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has overtaken the legendary Steffi Graf’s record after being on top of the world rankings for a record-breaking 378 weeks. The 35 year old became World Number 1 in 2011 and has ended the year at the top of  rankings a record seven times. The Serbian returned to the top spot for the first time in six months after his victory in the Australian Open, which was a record 10th time in his career. His previous longest consecutive run at the top was 122 weeks between July 2014 and November 2016. 

Novak Djokovic currently has 22 Grand Slam titles, the joint highest in the men’s category along with Rafael Nadal. He also has a record for the most Masters titles (38) as well as becoming the only man in tennis history to be the reigning champion of four majors across three different surfaces at the same time. However, the 35 year old missed out on claiming the first calendar slam since 1969 after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 US Open. The rankings for the men’s category was first introduced in 1973 while the women’s ranking was introduced two years later.

Most weeks at number 1

1) Novak Djokovic: 378

2) Steffi Graf: 377

3) Martina Navratilova: 332

4) Serena Williams: 319

5) Roger Federer: 310

Most consecutive weeks at number 1

Roger Federer: 237 weeks

Steffi Graf and Serena Williams: 186 weeks

Jimmy Connors: 160 weeks

Ivan Lendl: 157 weeks

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