Serbian Novak Djokovic has broken Roger Federer’s record for most career weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings. This is not a huge surprise. But to ask if this is a good thing is kind of weird, since the whole point is that Djokovic is breaking the record. So what is it then? Well, it means that Djokovic is now one of the all-time greats and that he will be able to defend his title for many years to come.
But does this mean that Djokovic has surpassed Federer? It certainly sounds that way to me. After all, Federer is the king of the tour, and he is almost guaranteed to stay that way for many more years. However, I don’t think anyone can discount the talent that Djokovic has shown throughout his career. I do, however, think it is fair to say that he is now in a class of his own.
That aside, I am sure that most of us are curious how long ago did Djokovic break the record. Well, he has beaten everyone since 2005, so the timing couldn’t be better. Some might argue that Novak Djokovic is now past his prime, but I disagree.
Let’s face facts, we all know that the way the match play up until now has been terrible for Novak Djokovic. He hasn’t won a set off against top players since the US Open, while only losing twice. I don’t see any reason that he can’t come into Melbourne and beat John Dedoero, although I fully expect that he will be cruising. The key to winning at the Australian Open is beating some top players, and this is what he has done.
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However, if you look at the other lines and you look at the other records, it appears that Novak Djokovic’s record might have the edge on some of the other names on the list. For instance, if you go back to the US Open final between Djokovic and Andre Agassi, they were both playing in their second matches. Both players had won their previous matches, so there was a lot of expectation on the final. However, Djokovic barely made it to the dressing room, while Agassi made it to the final with a grandstand finish. I would say that given the fact that both players were in their second matches, that Djokovic might have benefited more from a good performance on the grandstand. On the other hand, given the kind of year that he has had, there is no real argument that he is better than Agassi.