‘The change is coming – I’m not paying attention to the rankings anymore,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says he is seeing a shift in generations, with the younger players rising in the rankings, but he’s not paying attention to that anymore as he turns his focus elsewhere.

Djokovic, the reigning world number one, holds the record for the man with the most weeks in the number one spot – currently 320 weeks.

The Serbian had been open about the fact that he was chasing that record and he took it earlier this year, beating Roger Federer’s previous record of 310 weeks at the top.

However, he has since made it clear that his attention will now focus on Grand Slam titles. Djokovic currently has 18 Majors, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal tied two ahead of him on 20 each.

And with this change in strategy, Djokovic is adapting his playing schedule, revealing he wants to play less tournaments and spend more time with his family in between the four Grand Slams.

Since winning the Australian Open, Djokovic has played just two clay tournaments – the Monte-Carlo Masters where he was beaten before the quarter-finals and the Serbian Open where he reached the semi-finals.

He will now play in Rome this week followed by the second Belgrade tournament before turning all of his attention to Roland Garros, where he will be hoping to become the first male to win multiple titles at every Grand Slam.

And while the world number one admits his focus is no longer on the rankings, he concedes that the younger players are definitely starting to make their mark at the top.

“The results are showing that [there is a shift in generations],” said Djokovic.

“These guys are playing every week more or less. There are guys like Tsitsipas, Zverev, Matteo Berrettini [and] Andrey Rublev that are winning against all of us and playing a lot and building their ranking points.

“Medvedev as well, of course, [is] challenging for the top spots. Dominic Thiem, of course, has been there for many years.

“It’s inevitable that it’s going to happen. The change in the [FedEx ATP] Rankings is coming. Whether it’s going to happen in a month or a year or whatever, I don’t know.

“I’m not personally paying too much attention anymore to the rankings as much as I am to my game for the Grand Slams. You know, those are the biggest focus tournaments right now at this stage of my career.”

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