Novak Djokovic has today started his 269th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings and passed Jimmy Connors (268 weeks) for fourth place in the all-time list of most weeks in top spot.
The Serbian, who began his fourth stint at the summit of men’s professional tennis on 5 November 2018, is now two weeks away from breaking Czech-born American Ivan Lendl's mark of 270 weeks. Then, only American Pete Sampras (268 weeks) and record-holder Roger Federer of Switzerland (310 weeks) will be in Djokovic’s sights.
Connors spent a total of eight stints in top spot, with his longest run of 160 consecutive weeks between 29 July 1974 – when he first rose to No. 1 – and 22 August 1977. Djokovic spent 122 straight weeks at the summit in his second period at No. 1 from 7 July 2014 to 6 November 2016. During that time, Djokovic amassed a 167-17 match record, including 21 titles from 26 tour-level finals.
In his current stint at No. 1, totalling 46 weeks, 32-year-old Djokovic has compiled a 46-9 match record, including title runs at 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon.
While passing Lendl's weeks at No. 1 tally is imminent, Djokovic will focus on battling Rafael Nadal to finish as the 2019 year-end No. 1 for a record-equalling sixth time (2011-12, ’14-15, ’18). Nadal currently leads Djokovic by 1,960 points in the 2019 ATP Race To London with less than two months to go until the end of the regular ATP Tour season.
ALL-TIME WEEKS AT NO. 1No. 1 Player Total Weeks Longest Streak 1) Roger Federer 310 237 weeks 2) Pete Sampras 286 102 weeks 3) Ivan Lendl 270 157 weeks 4) Novak Djokovic 269 122 weeks 5) Jimmy Connors