A 4th of July but in 2011, Novak Djokovic (2° del ranking ATP) debuted as number one in the world. Twelve years after that first arrival at the top, the Serb accumulates 389 weeks in that position. These weeks at Wimbledon he will not only go in search of Roger Federer’s record as the greatest champion in the All England with eight titles, but he will also try to snatch the No. 1 from Carlos Alcaraz.
Novak Djokovic accumulates 389 weeks as number one. AP Photo
He started the 2011 season the way he knows how: winning. Three years after his first Grand Slam coronation, the Belgrade-born celebrated again at the Australian Open, opening an unforgettable cycle. Later, with seven championships on his shoulders, he headed into the All England as the second racket in the world. There he defeated Rafael Nadal in the definition, raising his first cup and snatching the top from the Spanish. The beginning of a story that he still does not know of closures.
Since then, the European has held the top position in the men’s ranking for 389 weeks. Despite remaining undefeated in Grand Slams this year, Carlos Alcaraz’s great season has prevented him from remaining stable in that position. In fact, the man from Murcia came to London for the second time in a row as the top candidate in tournaments of this category.
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A lot is at stake in this edition of Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev are the tennis players who will compete for the top in these weeks of competition. But the Serbian has a few more opportunities: in addition to finding himself one title away from tying Roger Federer as the man with the most titles in the grass-court tournament, he has for the third time in his career the chance at the calendar Grand Slam.
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Novak Djokovic accumulates 29 consecutive wins at Wimbledon translated into four championships. The now-retired Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic is the latest tennis player to knock him out of the competition six years ago. The 87-10 record could continue to expand during his stay in London these weeks.
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