Novak Djokovic had a reason to celebrate despite his loss at the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal, as he becomes the ninth man to spend 100 weeks at the No. 1 spot.
100th week milestone
Djokovic achieved the top ranking on the tennis tour in July 2011, taking over from Nadal, and has mostly held down the No. 1 place ever since.
The 26-year-old athlete admitted that this year could have been better for him because he won the Australian Open, but lost at the French Open and Wimbledon.
“I was taught to dream big and to dream to be No. 1 in the world,” Djokovic said in a statement. “It takes years of hard work and dedication.”
Hard work and dedication
Djokovic’s major breakthrough happened in 2011 when he achieved three of four major and started the campaign with 41 consecutive wins.
Although he only acquired one grand slam title in 2012 and 2013, Djokovic appeared in semifinal in New York this month, moving him more than halfway past Roger Federer’s record of 23.
Nadal, however, is serious in reclaiming the No. 1 spot since he trails Djokovic by less than 300 points and has no points to defend until next year.