24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has strengthened his record and achieved No. 1 ranking for the eighth time by defeating Holger Rune in the ATP finals.
The 36-year-old Djokovic had already moved ahead of previous record holder Pete Sampras (six years at No. 1) two years ago. After this tournament, Novak Djokovic will become the top player for 400 weeks. After capturing the year-end No. 1 spot, Djokovic will enjoy his record 400th week in the ATP rankings starting November 20. He has spent 25 weeks in the top spot in 2023.
Novak Djokovic regained the top spot during the 2023 season after a thrilling clash with 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain. This year there was a tough competition between these two players in the fight for the number-1 spot in the ATP rankings. Djokovic further cemented his record as the oldest player to achieve year-end No. 1.
Two years ago, Novak Djokovic was the oldest player to finish a season on top at the age of 34 and now he has strengthened his record by repeating the feat at the age of 36. Winner of six titles so far in 2023, he is tied with Alcaraz for the most wins on the ATP Tour. Djokovic won three of the four major titles of the season, the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open.
Novak Djokovic, now a 24-time major champion, won three Slams in a year for the fourth time in his career. Earlier, he had this record in his name in 2011, 2015 and 2021. Moreover, the 36-year-old added two more ATP Masters 1000 trophies to his collection with wins in Cincinnati and Paris. If Djokovic raises the trophy next weekend, he’ll break a tie with Federer and capture a record seventh title at the finals.