World #1 Novak Djokovic has had a rollercoaster ride on the tour since last season. After reaching all 4 Grand Slam finals last year and winning 3 of them only to miss the US Open, the Serb had a turnaround as he wasn’t even allowed to compete in the Australian Open 2022 for exercising his right not to remain vaccinated against Covid-19.
Since the ATP Tour is supposed to last 3 months, Novak only played 1 tournament, the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships. Despite this, the Serb has continued to hold his world No. 1 ranking. While he was dethroned by Daniel Medvedev For 2 weeks in March, Novak is back on top after Medvedev’s early exit from the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.
Already broken Roger Federer‘s record of 310 weeks at the top, Novak is the only male player to have spent more than 350 weeks at the top of the rankings and continues to build on that record. Just Steffi Graf at the top of the rankings with 377 weeks is a pro with a better record than Novak as no other player, male or female, has surpassed the 350 week mark.
“And it’s unfair. Because if that record was held by Rafa or Federer, it would be stressed all the time as something inaccessible, insurmountable… Djokovic is not raised to the altar because he causes a lot of controversy and because there are a lot of people who disagree with him in that way to live. That should be standalone. If you want to appreciate your sporting work, you have to appreciate your sporting successes.” said the former French Open runner-up and Andy Murrayis an ex-coach Alex Corretja speaking to Jotdown.
Novak Djokovic could be replaced from the front again later this week
As Djokovic climbs to the top again, he extends his lead to a total of 362 weeks for most weeks spent at the top. With the 2022 Miami Masters With Novak being played right now, another week is guaranteed as the leaderboard will be updated once the tournament is over. However, Novak’s non-vaccination status sees him forced to miss the tournament as the US does not allow unvaccinated foreigners.
Medvedev has a chance to return to the top if he makes it to the semifinals in Miami, where he has yet to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament in his career, which is now being played on the Miami Gardens courts.
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https://firstsportz.com/tennis-if-it-was-nadal-or-federer-it-would-be-permanently-highlighted-alex-corretja-lashes-out-on-tennis-community-for-ignoring-novak-djokovics-week-record-as-world-no-1/ “If it was Nadal or Federer, it would be permanently highlighted,” Alex Corretja lashes out at the tennis community for ignoring Novak Djokovic’s weekly record as world No. 1