Djokovic Celebrates 250 Weeks At No. 1 In ATP Rankings pays tribute to the World No. 1 on another milestone day

Novak Djokovic is today celebrating his 250th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

Only four players since 1973 have been ranked more weeks at the summit of men's professional tennis, and now the marks of Jimmy Connors (268) and Ivan Lendl (270) are coming into view for the Serbian, who began his fourth stint in the top spot on 5 November 2018. If Djokovic remains at No. 1, the total number of weeks of Pete Sampras (286) and all-time record-holder Roger Federer (310) may both be ticked off by mid-2020.


No. 1 Player
Total Weeks
Longest Streak
Roger Federer
237 weeks
Pete Sampras
102 weeks
Ivan Lendl
157 weeks
Jimmy Connors
160 weeks
Novak Djokovic
122 weeks

MOVING UP THE NO. 1 LADDER - If Djokovic remains at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, he will pass Connors on 16 September 2019 and move to fourth place in the all-time list for most weeks spent at No. 1.

No. 1 Player
Total Weeks
Target Date
Roger Federer
30 June 2020
Pete Sampras
13 January 2020
Ivan Lendl
23 September 2019
Jimmy Connors
9 September 2019

Twelve months ago, few would have predicted Djokovic’s return to No. 1. He’d missed six months of 2017, undergone right elbow surgery after the 2018 Australian Open and on the eve of Roland Garros was at No. 22 in the ATP Rankings with a 6-6 match record.

In a complete turnaround in fortunes by 5 November 2018, the 31-year-old had become the first player to be ranked outside the Top 20 then climb to No. 1 in the same season since Russia’s Marat Safin in 2000. In reuniting with his long-time coach Marian Vajda, Djokovic compiled a 44-6 match record, including a 35-3 mark from the start of Wimbledon until the end of the year.

Today, Djokovic is the current holder of three straight Grand Slam championship crowns and he is the only player to win titles at all nine ATP Masters 1000s in the tournament series history (since 1990). His discipline, dedication and passion has seen him soar among the sport’s giants and in his four combined stints in the top spot, Djokovic has compiled a 311-43 (.879) match record; gone 102-25 against Top 10 rivals and won 31 tour-level crowns from 43 finals.

As he begins his 250th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, the relentless, superbly conditioned competitor has 11,160 points - 3,395 points ahead of No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal. Even with a whopping 7,755 points to defend the rest of 2019, Djokovic will be aiming to finish as the year-end No. 1 for the sixth time (2011-12, 2014-15, 2018) in the past nine years.

DJOKOVIC AT NO. 1 - Take a closer look at Djokovic's match wins, Top 10 and finals record during his four stints at No. 1.

Stints At No. 1
W-L Record
vs. Top 10
Finals Record
4 July 2011-8 July 2012
63-12 (.840)
18-9 (.667)
5 November 2012-6 October 2013
62-9 (.873)
18-6 (.750)
7 July 2014-6 November 2016
167-17 (.908)
60-9 (.870)
5 November 2018-present
19-5 (.792)
6-1 (.857)
311-43 (.879)
102-25 (.803)

Statistical assistance by Joshua Rey and Greg Sharko