Huge crowds gathered on the streets of Serbia to celebrate their tennis great Novak Djokovic who broke a new record this week.
Djokovic has held on to the number one spot on the ATP rankings for 311 weeks in his career so far and in doing so surpassed Swiss great and rival Roger Federer who had previously held the record for 310 weeks.
A case can be made for putting Roger Federer up there to be the greatest player ever in the history of the game. Federer was undoubtedly the best at the peak of his career but the last few years have been rather lacklustre for Federer. He has been hampered by injury and hasn’t played a professional tennis game for the last 12 months.
If an argument can be made for Federer to be considered the greatest player ever, can a similar argument be made for Djokovic who has now surpassed Federer on the all-time number one list.
Given that Federer will turn 40 in August 2021 and Djokovic is only 33, we can assume that Djokovic is going to push that record of 311 weeks and make a strong argument for being the greatest player to ever grace the tennis court.
When it comes to total grand slam victories, Roger Federer and arch rival Rafael Nadal hold the record together for having 20 grand slam titles to their name. Novak Djokovic is not far behind as he has 18 grand slam titles, the latest being the 2021 Australian Open.
If Djokovic ends up tying or going past the record of 20 grand slam titles, it will be very difficult to deny him the honour of being the greatest player in the history of the game.
Open Field For Djokovic
The two biggest rivals that Djokovic has faced in the last decade have undoubtedly been Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer is near the end of his career and it will be surprising if he does not call time in the next 12 months. Nadal is just 34 but injuries have troubled the Spaniard in recent years and injuries have limited him.
With Federer set to move on and Nadal being hampered, it paves the way for Novak Djokovic to win another two grand slams in the next couple of years and cement himself as the greatest of all time!