Novak Djokovic starts his 100th week at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
He is the ninth player in ATP World Tour history to reach the milestone, joining Andre Agassi (101 weeks), Rafael Nadal (102), Bjorn Borg (109), John McEnroe (170), Jimmy Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and record holder Roger Federer (302).
“I was taught to dream big and to dream to be No. 1 in the world,” says Djokovic. “It takes years of hard work and dedication. It is a long process to become a champion. Tennis is a very specific and unique sport, where you take all the credit or all the blame.”
“There are still a lot of tournaments to come,” says Djokovic, who has compiled a 120-20 match record and won seven titles from 13 finals as World No. 1. “Calculations are not on my mind right now. I am trying to feed on the confidence that I have.”
If Djokovic is to extend his stay at No. 1, he must win the Beijing title for a fourth time in order to retain 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Should Nadal reach the final, he will once again reach the summit of men’s professional tennis.