Incredible Achievement: Djokovic Completes 400 Weeks as World Number One
In terms of ranking, the mission was simple. Novak Djokovic only needed a victory at the ATP Finals to ensure he finishes the season at the top of the world rankings. At first, he didn’t miss. In his debut in Turin, the Serbian beat Holger Rune. The next day, Monday, before the match between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev, the Serbian was honored at the Pala Alpitour stadium and received his eighth number one trophy of the year (no one has that many). This Sunday, he completed the work of art with his seventh Masters Cup (no one has that many, again). This Monday, he will begin his 400th week as number one in the world. And no one has that many, for the umpteenth time. Behind him, Federer (with 310), Sampras (286), Lendl (270), Connors (268) and Nadal (209). In another galaxy.
|Position||Player||Weeks as Number One|
|1st||Novak Djokovic (SRB)||400|
|2nd||Roger Federer (SUI)||310|
|3rd||Pete Sampras (USA)||286|
|4th||Ivan Lendl (USA)||270|
|5th||Jimmy Connors (USA)||268|
|6th||Rafael Nadal (ESP)||209|
|16th||Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)||36|
“Honestly, if I have to think about Novak’s 400 weeks as number one, I have to be there for about 15 years. So it’s amazing. It’s something that only a legend of our sport could achieve,” Alcaraz dedicated to Djokovic before facing him in the semifinals. Last year, the honor of finishing as number one of the year went to the Spaniard. This season, Charly made the most of the race. On repeated occasions, he mentioned that it was one of his big goals for the final stretch of the course. “I have some tournaments ahead of me. “I have to do my best if I want to have the opportunity to finish the year as number one,” he said after falling in the second round of the Shanghai Masters, a little over a month ago, still with some hope. Nole closed all the doors on him.
In this way, Djokovic closes his monstrous season (six titles in total, with three Grand Slams and two Masters 1,000) at the top of the ATP ranking with 11,245 points. Behind him, an Alcaraz (8,855 points) who secured second place by beating Daniil Medvedev in the group stage in Turin. The Russian, precisely, closes the podium with 7,600 points. Jannik Sinner, the proper name of the last weeks, is located at its doors. Andrey Rublev (5th), installed in his best position ever, Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th), Alexander Zverev (7th), Holger Rune (8th), Hubert Hurkacz (9th) thanks to a great final stretch of the year, and Taylor Fritz (10th) close the top-10, with Casper Ruud (11th), a fixture in recent times, outside of it.
|1st||Novak Djokovic (SRB)||11,245|
|2nd||Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)||8,855|
|3rd||Daniil Medvedev (RUS)||7,600|
|4th||Jannik Sinner (ITA)||6,490|
|5th||Andrey Rublev (RUS)||4,805|
|6th||Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)||4,235|
|7th||Alexander Zverev (GER)||3,985|
|8th||Holger Rune (DEN)||3,660|
|9th||Hubert Hurkacz (POL)||3,245|
|10th||Taylor Fritz (USA)||3,100|
|26th||Alexander Davidovich (ESP)||1,495|
|62nd||Roberto Bautista (ESP)||836|
|63rd||Roberto Carballes (ESP)||816|
|81st||Bernabe Zapata (ESP)||715|
|85th||Jaume Munar (ESP)||706|
|95th||Albert Ramos (ESP)||654|
Difficult Year for Spanish Tennis
Beyond Alcaraz, Alejandro Davidovich, in 26th position, is the best-positioned Spaniard in the ranking. In total, the Navy has seven representatives in the top-100, although in positions that are far from what is usual in recent years. Injuries have punished Roberto Bautista (62nd) and, especially, Pablo Carreño (603rd) who, since February, has only been able to play three games in Challengers. Roberto Carballés (63rd), the only Spaniard to have won a title in 2023 (Marrakech) besides Carlitos, Bernabé Zapata (81st), Jaume Munar (85th) and Albert Ramos (95th) are the other national tennis players in the first hundred positions. Outside of them, as is obvious due to inactivity, there is also a Rafa Nadal (664th) that already the countdown has started to get back on the slopes.
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