ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic on course to break Steffi Graf’s record as he makes biggest-ever jump to No 1

Shahida Jacobs
Novak Djokovic with Australian Open trophy
Novak Djokovic celebrates at the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is back on top of the ATP Rankings as he has started his seventh stint as world No 1 on the back of winning the 2023 Australian Open.

Following a tumultuous 2022 campaign that saw him start the year at No 1 and drop to as low as No 8 after he was unable to play at both the Australian Open and US Open, Djokovic is back on his perch after his title run at Melbourne Park.

The Serbian, who started the year at No 5, defeated Tsitsipas in three sets to secure at 10th Australian Open title and 22nd Grand Slam while he also returned to world No 1.

His jump from fifth to No 1 is the biggest in ATP history as he leapfrogged Carlos Alcaraz, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Carlos Moya who were tied at the top after moving from No 4 to No 1.

Djokovic also extended his record-breaking stint as No 1 in the ATP Rankings as he started 374th week at the top – well clear of Roger Federer’s 310 weeks – and he is within touching distance of Steffi Graf’s 377 weeks, which is the all-time combined ATP and WTA record.

He will draw level with Graf on February 20 if he is still No 1 while the following week he will claim the outright record of 378.

Alcaraz, who topped the rankings for 20 weeks, drops to No 2 while Sunday’s beaten finalist Tsitsipas returns to his career-high No 3 with Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev completing the top 5.

Rafael Nadal is down to No 6 after he failed to successfully defend his Australian Open title while Taylor Fritz (8) and Holger Rune (9) move to career-highs.

Last year’s beaten finalist Daniil Medvedev drops out of the top 10 for the first time since July 2019 after he lost in the third round while Karen Khachanov is up to No 13 after reaching the semi-final.

Tommy Paul is the biggest mover in the top 20 as he climbs 16 places to No 19 after he also reached the last four at Melbourne Park while fellow American Ben Shelton surged 45 places to a career-high No 44 after reaching the quarter-final.

ATP Rankings Top 20

1. Novak Djokovic Serbia 7,070 points
2. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,730
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 6,195
4. Casper Ruud Norway 5,765
5. Andrey Rublev – 4,200
6. Rafael Nadal Spain 3,815
7. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 3,715
8. Taylor Fritz United States 3,410
9. Holger Rune Denmark 3,046
10. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 2,995
11. Cameron Norrie Great Britain 2,760
12. Daniil Medvedev – 2,750
13. Karen Khachanov – 2,515
14. Alexander Zverev Germany 2,425
15. Frances Tiafoe United States 2,305
16. Pablo Carreno Busta Spain 2,285
17. Jannik Sinner Italy 2,195
18. Lorenzo Musetti Italy 1,925
19. Tommy Paul United Staes 1,835
20. Nick Kyrgios Australia 1,825

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