‘Flawless’ Novak Djokovic (36, Serbia, world No. 1) achieved a tie record for the longest period of time at No. 1 in the world rankings.
Djokovic kept the No. 1 spot in the world rankings announced by the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) on the 20th. After winning the Australian Open this year, he maintained the world No. 1 for 4 consecutive weeks and was ranked No. 1 for a total of 377 weeks, standing shoulder to shoulder with the ‘legend’ Steffi Graf (54, Germany), who was No. 1 in both men’s and women’s tennis.
Next week, Djokovic is likely to keep his world number one ranking. Second place Carlos Alcaras (Spain) has 6,480 ranking points, 590 points behind Djokovic, who has 7,070 points.
Alcaras is currently competing in the ATP Tour 500 Series Rio Open held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Even if he wins this event, he will not be able to rise to the top of the world rankings next week.
Alkaras won the event last year, but tennis ranking points are only retained for 52 weeks. In the end, Djokovic is highly likely to keep the first place in the world rankings to be announced on the 27th and achieve the highest record of 378 weeks.
Last year, Djokovic was unable to participate in the Australian Open and US Open due to the problem of not being vaccinated against the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). He was also banned from participating in major tournaments held in North America, and was pushed out of the world ranking for a while.
However, by winning the Australian Open this year, he recaptured the world number one in 7 months and set a great record in front of his eyes.
Djokovic’s achievements were also praised by his fellow tennis players.
Alexander Zverev (26, Germany, world number 16), of the same nationality as Graf, is currently competing in the Qatar Axon Mobile Open in Doha, Qatar. “As a German, I love that Graf has that record (longest reign as world No. 1), but Djokovic has also shown what a great player he is,” he said at a press conference ahead of the tournament. 메이저사이트
“To be honest, I think he’s going to break a couple of other records as well. He’s completely dominated tennis over the last 10, 12 years,” he praised Djokovic’s achievements.
Qatar Axon Mobile Open top seed Andrei Rublev (26, Russia, world No. 5) also said, “Djokovic has proven that anything is possible. He can still be the best player in the world at 35 and break all records.” “he said.
Rublev, who passed the first round with a bye, will play against Talon Griekspur (26, Netherlands, 40th in the world) in the round of 16. The 4th seed, Zverev, will compete with Andy Murray (36, UK, 70th in the world), who was a member of the ‘Big 4’ in the past, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, TV channel SPOTV ON and sports OTT service SPOTV NOW will broadcast live satellites of key matches of the ATP Tour Qatar Axon Mobile Open and Rio Open. It will also be broadcast live on SPOTV ASIA (Spotv Asia). Sporty Asia is a channel broadcasting to 13 countries in Southeast Asia, and broadcasts tennis grand slam tournaments such as Wimbledon and US Open, men’s professional tennis ATP tour, motorcycle racing competition MotoGP (GP), WTT (World Table Tennis) table tennis competition, and BWF ( World Badminton Federation) Badminton competition, International Sports Climbing (IFSC), Sports Climbing World Cup, etc. are provided.