Building on Novak Djokovic’s record of seven year-end No. 1s with Pepperstone’s 237-week consecutive No. 1 finishes, many ATP Tour stars break records at the top of the ATP Pepperstone rankings.
ATPour.com continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings by offering a look at the world’s No. 1 achievement in history.
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Novak Djokovic made history on November 6, 2021, when he earned his seventh annual No. 1 ranking at Pepperstone, smashing the record he previously shared with Pete Sampras Djokovic, who finished the season at the top of the tennis courts. For the first time in 2011, he lifted at least one major every year in which he was a year-end No. 1 (i.e. 2011-12, ’14-15, ’18 and ’20).
“Proud and very happy. Obviously, that was one of the biggest goals and always one of the biggest. Try to be No. 1 and finish the season No. 1,” Djokovic said at the time. “Breaking this record for the seventh time and surpassing my idol and childhood role model Pete. It’s unbelievable. very grateful Very happy to be in this position.”
The lowest point he dropped since first reaching No. 1 was in May 2018, when he dropped to No. 22, spending a total of six weeks outside the top 20. The Serb, who missed the second half of the 2017 season with a ligament injury. Elbow, who went 6-6 in the first five months of the 2018 season, though he ended the year strong with four tour-level championships. including Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open As a result, he finished the year ranked No. 1 for the fifth time.
Djokovic’s most successful season came in 2015 when he went 82-6. The Serbian rider won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open that year and reached the Roland Garros final. He has also won six ATP Masters 1000 crowns and a Nitto ATP Finals title in 2015.
While Djokovic holds the ATP record for completing seven year-end No. 1s, Sampras remains the only player in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history to hold six consecutive year-end No. 1s.
After Sampras took his first year-end No. 1 in 1993, Jimmy Connors’ five consecutive year-end No. 1 stints between 1974 and 1978 left starving Americans in the 1990s aiming to finish in the top spot. 1 At the end of the sixth consecutive year in 1998, Sampras was seriously challenged for the top spot. He added six tournaments – Basel, Vienna, Lyon, Stuttgart, Paris and Stockholm – to the schedule between the US Open and the ATP Tour World Championships. [now named Nitto ATP Finals] To finish the year-end No. 1, his closest challenger, Marcelo Rios, who spent six weeks at the summit earlier in the year, also traveled from Munich, Singapore and Santiago before flying back to Europe in Search for ranking points.
Arriving at the end of the season in Hannover Rios’ chances were cut short by a back injury, and on November 26, 1998, 27-year-old Sampras found he had managed his sixth year-end No. 1 finish while eating a pass. Tar at the hotel shop.
Overall, 18 players were named No. 1 of the year by Pepperstone.
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Pete Sampras, who has finished sixth consecutive year-end No. 1, spent 286 weeks at No. 1 behind Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images.
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In July 2011, Djokovic defeated Rafael. Nadal in the Wimbledon final to claim first place on the grass court major. The Serbian’s run brought him to No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time on July 4, 2011. Twelve years later, the 36-year-old recorded 389 weeks at No. 1, 79 more weeks than second place Roger. Federer (310) In February 2023, the Serbian rider achieved another historic milestone by overtaking Stefanie Graf (377 weeks) record for most weeks by a male or female tennis player as world No. 1.
Djokovic broke Federer’s record for most weeks at No. 1 on 8 March 2021, occupying the top spot in the rankings from nine different groups. Since reaching No. 1 for the first time, Djokovic has won 20 Major titles and 29 ATP Masters 1000 titles. Half of the players in the top 10 when Djokovic reached No. 1 for the first time have since retired: Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, David Ferrer, Mardy Fish, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick
Djokovic spent 122 consecutive weeks at the top of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings between July 7, 2014 and November 6, 2016. This was his longest streak at No. 1.
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Roger Federer celebrates winning the Australian Open in 2018. The Swiss star spent 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1. Photo Credit: Peter Staples/ATP Tour
Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1
While Djokovic spent the most weeks at No. 1, Federer continues to maintain his record for 237 consecutive weeks, the longest consecutive No. 1 streak in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history, which began Feb. 2, 2018. His debut came in 2004 when Federer dropped Andy Roddick from No. 1 with a victory at the Australian Open. He then began an unprecedented period on the ATP Tour, remaining No. 1 until No. 17. August 2008 when he was usurped by Nadal.
in 237 consecutive weeks Federer is No. 1. He has lifted 43 Tour-level trophies, including 10 Majors and three Nitto ATP Finals.
Before Federer’s historic race, Jimmy Connor set a record for several weeks in a row. American climbed to No. 1 for the first time on June 29, 1974, and was not replaced until August 23, 1977, having spent 160 consecutive weeks at No. 1.
But it could be much longer. Connor lost the final five sets at Wimbledon in 1977 to Bjorn Borg, the Swede at the time informally referring to himself as No. 1 “momentary.” Officially, almost two months after the Wimbledon final. But it was only there for a week before Connors wrested the mantle back and held it back for another 84 weeks if the Americans weren’t displaced for a week. His reign would last 245 weeks, a record that still stands today.
The American rider has held the pack a total of nine times, with his last coming in June 1983, when he held No. 1 for three weeks in a row. First ranked number 1 for the 161st week on February 26, 2007
Connor was ranked in the annual world top 10 16 times between 1973 and 1988, and his year-end No. 1 five times, equaling Federer and Federer. Nadal
“Only rank 1,” said Connor. “It’s a lonely spot. But with the best view… Being number 2 is like being number 200.”
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Carlos Alcaraz with the ATP No. 1 Trophy of the Year presented by Pepperstone in 2022. Image credit: Corinne Dubreuil/ATP Tour.
Youngest No. 1
At 19 years and 131 days old, Alcaraz became the youngest No. 1 in Peppertone ATP Rankings history last September. After winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open with victory over Casper. Rushing in New York Alcaraz became the first teenager in the world number 1 and the fourth man from Spain to do so. with coaches Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Nadal
The 19-year-old arrived in Flushing Meadows as the No. 4 player in the Pepperstone ATP rankings. Three other players rose from No. 4 to No. 1 during the release of the Pepperstone ATP rankings: Moya (March 15, 1999), Andre Agassi (July 5, 1999) and Sampras (September 11, 2000).
Alcaraz made more history at the end of the 2022 season when he became the youngest No. 1 at the end of 18. He moved up from No. 32 at the start of the season. It was the largest jump to #1 among the 50 editions of the annual Pepperstone ATP rankings.
“It means a lot to me,” Alcaraz said in Turin. “To win this trophy, number 1 in the world, to be part of the history of tennis with a lot of legends for me. [it] It’s an amazing feeling.”
Before Alcaraz, the youngest year-end No. 1 was Lleyton Hewitt, with three players vying for No. 1 to advance to the Nitto ATP Finals in November 2001, including Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi. Peak 20 years 275 days The Australian reached the top for the first time after defeating Sebastien Grosjean and took the first of two Nitto ATP Finals crowns (i.e. 2002).
See all 28 #1s in the 50-year history of the ATP Pepperstone rankings.
Outstanding No. 1 in 50 Years of Pepperstone ATP Rankings (Part 1)
Outstanding No. 1 in 50 Years of Pepperstone ATP Rankings (Part 2)
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