Djokovic completes 286th as number one player

Sep 22 2020 03:46 PM
Djokovic completes 286th as number one player

Sarbia's tennis star Novak Djokovic has started his 287 th week as the No. 1 player in the ATP rankings. Djokovic has also left behind the record of Pete Sampras to remain No. 1 for 286 weeks. Djokovic has now reached the second in the list of players who have been ranked number one for the most weeks.

Sampras became the number one player for the first time in a career on April 12, 1993. He had been on top a total of 11 times in his career. For the longest time, he was ranked top for 102 weeks from 15th April 1996 to 29th March 1998.  Djokovic has won the men's singles title of the Italian Open on Monday. He has named his career record 36 Masters 1000 title by beating Diego Schwarzman of Argentina in straight sets from 7-5, 6-3, which is one more than Rafael Nadal of Spain.

"Pete has been my hero since childhood and so it is very special for me to get ahead of his record," Djokovic told the ATP Tour website. The 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic has reached the top spot for the fifth time in his career, which he started on February 3, 2020. He is now just 24 weeks away from breaking switzerland's Roger Federer's record 310 weeks to the No. 1 record.

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