Novak Djokovic equals Steffi Graf’s record for most weeks at world No. 1



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Novak Djokovic has achieved another milestone in his illustrious tennis career, equaling Steffi Graf’s record for most weeks at world No.1.

Djokovic held the record for most weeks as a men’s world No. 1 in March 2021, surpassing Roger Federer’s mark of 310 weeks, and on Monday he equaled German great Graf with his 377th week at the top.

The 35-year-old currently has 7,070 points, 590 more than Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, who won Sunday’s Argentina Open, and looks set to overtake Graf when the new world rankings are announced on February 27.

Djokovic returned to the world championships last month by winning his 10th Australian Open. It was his 22nd major title, tied with Rafael Nadal.

Graf, who first topped the women’s rankings in 1987, finished her stellar career with 22 grand slam titles.

One of the most dominant athletes in the history of his sport, Djokovic was ranked No. 1 in the world for the first time in 2011.

The Serb’s longest streak was 122 weeks between July 2014 and November 2016. He still trails Roger Federer (237 weeks), Jimmy Connors (160) and Ivan Lendl (157).

Djokovic will next take the court at the Duty Free Tennis Championship, which starts on February 27.

#1 Most Weeks:

Novak Djokovic and Steffi Graf – 377

Martina Navratilova – 332

Serena Williams – 319

Roger Federer – 310

Most Weeks in a #1 Series:

Roger Federer – 237 weeks

Steffi Graf and Serena Williams – 186 weeks

Jimmy Connors – 160 weeks

Ivan Lendl – 157 weeks

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