‘Novak Djokovic has redefined excellence in our sport,’ says ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi

Andrea Gaudenzi has paid tribute to Novak Djokovic after he broke the record for most weeks at world number one.

Last year Djokovic identified that, along with the career Grand Slam record, as one of his two remaining major goals, and this week he has achieved it, surpassing Roger Federer’s previous total of 310.

It should also be mentioned that he would have done it around October last year had the ATP rankings not been suspended for 22 weeks at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

With Djokovic showing absolutely no signs of a decline, the question now becomes what target can he set for others.

Should he achieve another year-end world number one this year to claim sole possession of that record too, he will have surpassed the 350 weeks marker by the time he defends his Australian Open title in 2022.

“Novak’s many achievements in tennis are nothing short of extraordinary,” ATP chief Gaudenzi said.

“Among them this record may stand as his single most impressive.

“Reaching number one is something many players dream of and very few ever accomplish, and to have held the top spot for longer than anyone is testament to the levels of sustained excellence that Novak Djokovic has redefined in our sport.”

Djokovic is also closing in on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Grand Slam race too, with him currently just two behind on 18.

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