Novak Djokovic surpasses Sampras: Most weeks at No.1 on ATP Rankings

Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis start has been in news over the last two weeks. In the US Open Djokovic was defaulted from the tournament after hitting a linesman during a match. However, this time it is a good news for all the Novak Djokovic fans. Novak has went pass Pete Sampras in the most number of weeks at number 1 in ATP World Tennis Rankings.

Most weeks at No.1 on ATP Ranking

As, Novak Djokovic went pass Sampras we look at top 5 tennis players who spent most weeks at No.1 on ATP Rankings.

#1 Roger Federer

The 20 time Grand Slams winner has spent 310 weeks at number 1 position on ATP rankings. Roger is known to be G-O-A-T (Greatest of all times) in the tennis arena. Roger Federer has also spent a record 237 consecutive weeks at top in the ATP World rankings. He was also was the year-end No. 1 five times, including four consecutive.

Roger Federer most weeks at number 1 on ATP rankings
Roger Federer’s most weeks at number 1 on ATP rankings

Federer was continuously ranked in the top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016. That is also a record in the tennis circuit. With 310 weeks at the top of ATP World Rankings Roger Federer has spent most number of weeks at number 1 in the ATP Rankings.

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#2 Novak Djokovic

With everything going against the Serbian tennis star this is something that has put some smile on Djokovic’s face. With a win over Casper Rudd in the ongoing Italian Open Semi-finals, Novak Djokovic has extended his stay at top of ATP World Rankings.

Novak Djokovic's number of weeks at number 1 on ATP Rankings
Novak Djokovic’s number of weeks at number 1 on ATP Rankings

The 17 times Grand Slams winner has went passed Pete Sampras in terms of number of weeks at the top. Novak Djokovic has now spent 287 weeks at the top on ATP World rankings. Perhaps, it makes him only the second behind Roger Federer with most weeks at the top of rankings.

#3 Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras was at number 2 in this list before Novak went pass him this week. The once record most numbers of grand slams winner with 14 grand slams titles against his name, has spent 286 weeks at the number 1 position in the ATP World Rankings.

Pete Sampras's number of weeks at no 1 on ATP rankings
Pete Sampras’s number of weeks at no 1 on ATP rankings

Famously known as “Pistol Pete” for his powerful serve, Sampras holds the record of an Open Era record of six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998.

#4 Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl, the famous retired Czech-American tennis player had spent 270 weeks at number 1 position in the ATP World Rankings. Named as tennis’ “the game’s greatest overachiever” by Tennis magazine, Lendl had the record of wining 90% of his games during the year 1985 to 1987 in the open era.

Ivan Lendl’s number of weeks at number 1 on ATP Rankings. Image: Getty Images

Lendl, also had the record of reaching ten consecutive Grand Slam singles semifinals from the 1985 US Open to the 1988 Australian Open, though it was later broken by Roger Federer at the 2007 Australian Open. Lendl had reached the No.1 position in the February, 1983 and was one of the best of the open era. The only thing that Lendl did not won in his career was the Wimbledon title.

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#5 Jimmy Connors

Regarded as one of the greatest ever tennis player, Jimmy Connors had hold many records in his career. The retired American tennis player once hold the record for most numbers of consecutive weeks at the top of world rankings. Connors had spent a consecutive 160 weeks at the top of in the ATP Rankings.

Jimmy Connors weeks at number 1 on ATP rankings
Jimmy Connors’s weeks at number 1 on ATP rankings.
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Jimmy holds the open-era records of 109 titles, 1,557 matches played, and 1,274 match wins. In the year 1974 Jimmy hold the spot at the top of ATP Rankings and then he hold the position for 268 weeks, making him the the number 5 in the all time list of players with most numbers of weeks at the top of the ATP Rankings.

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