Novak Djokovic is Nº 1 in the Tennis Race for History
After withdrawing from the Asian tour, it was clear that he needed to secure victory at the Paris Masters 1000 to gain the crucial 1000 points required to surpass Roger Federer's 605-point lead.
The moment of reckoning has arrived, and Novak Djokovic, the Serbian sensation, has seized the very first opportunity that came his way. His current standing in the Race (Tennis Rankings) has practically settled the longstanding debate around the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). If there were any lingering doubts, this achievement erases them. This particular record is the kind that defines a tennis player's illustrious career, and Djokovic has now etched his name in this exclusive club.
Until now, there was little room for debate when it came to the primary criteria for GOAT status: most notably, the number of Grand Slam victories, Major titles, and weeks spent perched at the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings. Djokovic, however, has redefined the record books, amassing an impressive array of achievements that would take too long to list.
Statistics abound, but when we strip away the finer details, we find that Djokovic still has a few monumental records well within his grasp. Among the most popular contenders are the records for most matches and tournaments won over an entire career. In these arenas, he is poised to overtake both Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer, the current frontrunners.
Yet, the lesser-known statistics, those that apply to specific eras, are equally compelling. These statistics uncover the dominant players of a particular period, be it a decade, a lustrum, a single year, or during the most exceptional winning streaks. Among these metrics, we find records for consecutive victories in matches and tournaments, as well as the number of weeks spent as the ATP Rankings' No. 1 player. In the latter category, it will be an arduous task to eclipse the extraordinary Roger Federer.
Before we conclude, we mustn't overlook a title that is unique to our website:"INVINCIBLE". In the Tennis Race for History, we bestow the title of "invincible" upon those players who have won more than 90% of the matches played within a single year. Djokovic accomplished this remarkable feat during his peak performance years, spanning from 2011 to 2016. He clinched this honor in both 2011 and 2015 and came tantalizingly close in remaining years of this period. He again narrowly missed the mark in 2020 and 2021. The ongoing year offers yet another opportunity for Djokovic to claim this title if he secures victory in the Masters Final without dropping a single match.
Today, we celebrate the most comprehensive of all titles: the player who has earned the most points throughout their career, considering each and every match they've played. In pursuit of this remarkable feat, the Tennis Race for History was created.