Novak Djokovic equals Steffi Graf’s record of being world number 1
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Tennis legend Novak Djokovic is one week away from another milestone after equaling Steffi Graf’s all-time record for most weeks spent at number one of 377. How many weeks did Graf spend as the women’s world number one. Djokovic returned to the number one spot for the seventh time following his victory at the Australian Open in late January, a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam singles title.
Two former world number ones enjoyed success at the weekend – Daniil Medvedev claimed the Rotterdam title and Carlos Alcaraz made a triumphant return to the circuit in Argentina.
Medvedev’s three-set win – his 16th career title – over Italian Jannik Sinner sees him return to the top 10 – moving up three places to No.8. The losing finalist has moved up two places to 12th in the consolation rankings.
Alcaraz’s successful return to the tour nearly four months after going down at the Argentina Open on Sunday saw him consolidate his second spot in the rankings.
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas – whom Djokovic defeated in the Australian Open final – rounded out the top three. Germany’s former world number two Alexander Zverev halted his ranking slide since his return after tearing ankle ligaments during last year’s French Open that kept him out of action for the rest of the year.
The 25-year-old, who also revealed after his second round exit from the Australian Open that he had type 1 diabetes since the age of three, moved up one place to No.16 after reaching the second round in Rotterdam.
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7070 points
2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6480
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5940
4. Caspar Rood (NOR) 5515
5. Andrey Rublev 3860
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