Djokovic moves to 3rd on ATP list of World Number 1’s
After retiring in the 4th Round of the US Open, and then subsequently losing his title to Rafael Nadal, Djokovic’s position as #1 in the world was put under some pressure. After the US Open, he was sitting only 640 points above Nadal, the closest it has been between these two this year.
Luckily for Novak, Nadal hasn’t played any of the 250 ATP events since the US to increase his point total, plus, even luckier for Novak, he didn’t play any of those events in 2018, meaning he has not dropped any points to close that gap.
Those extra 4 weeks Novak has added onto his weeks at #1 total, mean he has surpassed both Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendls totals of 269 and 270, to put him 3rd on the All time list with 271 weeks as the ATP Singles World Number 1.
Novak will now be focused on chasing the second person on that list, Pete Sampras, who had a total of 286, 15 more than the Serb currently has. Those 15 weeks could prove difficult though, with Djokovic only just having recovered from his US Open injury. He is set to play in the ATP 500 Japan Open event, which he did not play last year, so should give him a slight boost of points, whilst Nadal is not set to play until the Shanghai Masters.
This is where it will be tough for Novak, as he won this event last year, meaning he will drop points if he does not manage to defend his title. Nadal on the other hand did not attend last year, so however far he gets into the tournament, it will be points added to his current tally.