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Novak Djokovic overtakes Steffi Graf to claim historic all-time rankings record



Novak Djokovic has overtaken legendary Steffi Graf after topping the world rankings for a record-breaking 378 weeks.

Djokovic has overtaken Graf for most weeks as world No 1 after starting his 378th week at the top of the men’s rankings.

The 35-year-old Serb first became world No 1 in 2011 and has since ended the year in first place in the rankings a record seven times.

The most weeks at No 1

  • Novak Djokovic – 378
  • Steffi Graf – 377
  • Martina Navratilova – 332
  • Serena Williams – 319
  • Roger Federer – 310

Djokovic returned to world No 1 for the first time in six months by winning the Australian Open for a record-extending 10th time in January.

His longest continuous run at the top was 122 weeks between July 2014 and November 2016 but he trails Roger Federer, Graf and Serena Williams, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

Djokovic shares the record for most-ever men’s Grand Slam singles titles alongside Rafael Nadal with 22 major titles, the most-ever Australian Opens and the record for most Masters titles with 38.

Djokovic won a record-extending Australian Open for the 10th time in January to move level with Rafael Nadal on 22 Grand Slams

He completed a non-calendar year Grand Slam in singles, becoming the only man in tennis history to be the reigning champion of the four majors at once across three different surfaces.

But Djokovic missed out on claiming the first calendar-year Slam since 1969 after losing the 2021 US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.

Steffi Graf of Germany reacts to a call during a women's singles match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships circa 1990 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England
Steffi Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles during his trophy-laden career

The most consecutive weeks at No 1

Roger Federer – 237 weeks

Steffi Graf and Serena Williams – 186 weeks

Jimmy Connors – 160 weeks

Ivan Lendl – 157 weeks

The men’s world rankings were introduced in 1973, while the women’s rankings were introduced two years later.

Djokovic next takes to the court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which gets underway this week.

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