Novak Djokovic needs two great years to try to get unbreakable record

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Novak Djokovic already has a ton of ATP records. But he hasn’t yet reached another he might want to have. To get there, he still needs at least two more excellent years.

One ATP record Djokovic does hold is 24 Grand Slams. That ties him for the all-time lead with Margaret Court, but Djokovic has the most in the Open era, and the Open era changed how tennis was done. Before the Open era, there were only dark ages.

Novak Djokovic also has the most weeks at No. 1 on the ATP with 398 and counting. That number will very likely be into the 400s because if he wins only one match at the ATP Finals next week he will be the year-end No. 1. Djokovic will then be No. 1 into 2024 and will get to at least 405 combined weeks at No. 1.

Novak Djokovic is still a long way from one impressive ATP record

The second-best best number of weeks at No. 1 is Roger Federer with 310. If there is any argument about who the greatest player in tennis ever is one could just point to Novak Djokovic likely being atop the rankings for 100 weeks longer than the second-best player. There will probably be a bigger difference between Djokovic and Federer (even if that number is noyl100 weeks) than second-best Federer and sixth-best Rafael Nadal.

But when it comes to the total number of tournaments won, Novak Djokovic is still third all-time. After taking the Rolex Paris Masters, the Serb has won 97 titles. Roger Federer is second at 103. Djokovic might be able to reach that number late in 2024, but that would mean winning six titles next year. Though Djokovic won six titles in 2023, the last year he did that was in 2016.

So Djokovic would need to win six more titles in each of 2024 and 2025 to equal the number of ATP titles won by Jimmy Connors. Connors, of course, is the all-time leader in titles won on the ATP tour with 109. That is, well…a lot.

Djokovic is 97-40 in his career in tournament finals. Federer was 103-53 in finals. Connors was 109-49. So for those rooting for Novak Djokovic, he at least has a better winning percentage in tour finals than Federer or Connors.

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