21-time Major champion Novak Djokovic is still hoping to enter the United States and compete at the upcoming US Open. Meanwhile, Djokovic has set a ranking record this week, becoming the fourth player since 1973 with 748 weeks in the top-10.
Novak left Andre Agassi at 747, trailing only Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jimmy Connors. Djokovic had to skip the Australian Open in January and didn’t get 2000 points for winning Wimbledon. Despite that, he’s still in the top 10 and that won’t change after the US Open.
Novak clinched his first professional title in 2003 at the age of 16 and finished in the top-200 the following season. Novak made his major debut as a qualifier at the 2005 Australian Open and was poised to challenge higher-ranked opponents that year.
He won at least one win at the following three Majors, ending the year in the top-100 for the first time despite an easy schedule.
Novak Djokovic is the fourth player in the Open era with 748 top 10 weeks.
After 40 ATP wins in 2006, reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and winning the first ATP trophy in Amersfoort in July, the sky was the limit.
In October, Djokovic was the last man standing in Metz, blazing his way into the top-20 and setting up an even stronger attack in 2007. Novak lost the inaugural Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells in March, accumulating enough points to find himself in the top 20 and top-10 for the first time.
The Serb made his first appearance as a top 10 player in Miami, capturing the most notable title before turning 20. As we all know, the rest is history as Djokovic long pre-secured a place among the most outstanding players.
Since 2011, Novak has been the leading figure in men’s tennis, closing the gap on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and aiming to match her Major tally. Novak had spent 555 consecutive weeks in the top-10 before losing his spot in the elite group in November 2017 after missing all the action after Wimbledon with an elbow injury.
It took Djokovic half a year to regain his form and become a contender for notable titles again. Raising his level in May and June 2018, he cracked the top-10 again after winning Wimbledon. Djokovic is among the players to beat in the last five years and has set many ranking records including most weeks as world No. 1.
1. The Serb clinched three out of four Major titles in 2021 and finished the season No. 1 at the end of the year. 1 for a record-breaking seventh time.