Djokovic Extends Record Stay As World Number One

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena during their men’s singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne early on January 18, 2023. (Photo by Paul CROCK / AFP)

With the latest ATP rankings issued on Monday, Novak Djokovic extended his record of weeks as world number one to 379, but Carlos Alcaraz continues in hot chase.

Despite falling in the Dubai semi-finals against Daniil Medvedev, the 35-year-old winner of 22 Grand Slam titles surpassed Steffi Graf’s all-time record last week.

The Russian stopped Djokovic’s 20-match winning streak and perfect start to 2023 by defeating compatriot Andrey Rublev in Dubai to earn his third trophy in as many weeks.

He advanced to sixth place.

If Alcaraz wins the Indian Wells Masters, he would take over as ATP leader – Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the event beginning this week on Sunday.

The Serb is unable to enter the United States because he is unvaccinated against Covid-19. A petition to US authorities for special permission to enter was rejected.

ATP top 20

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7,160 points

2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6,780

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5,805

4. Casper Ruud (NOR) 5,560

5. Taylor Fritz (USA) 3,795

6. Daniil Medvedev 3,775 (+1)

7. Andrey Rublev 3,660 (-1)

8. Holger Rune (NOR) 3,321 (+2)

9. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 3,315 (-1)

10. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3,245 (-1)

11. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3,110

12. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 2,815

13. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 2,655

14. Alexander Zverev (GER) 2,500

15. Karen Khachanov 2,470

16. Frances Tiafoe (USA) 2,395

17. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2,240

18. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 2,165 (+4)

19. Tommy Paul (USA) 2,000 (+4)

20. Borna Coric (CRO) 1,905

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