Novak Djokovic’s unrivalled success after turning 30 illustrated by astonishing statistic

Ewan West
Novak Djokovic 2023 ATP year-end No 1
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the year-end ATP No 1 trophy

Novak Djokovic has hit unprecedented heights in his staggering career and his dominance since reaching the age of 30 is a particularly unique aspect of his legacy. 

In 2023, Djokovic had one of his best ever seasons as he won seven of the 12 tournaments he played — six of which were ‘big titles.’ He secured three of the four Grand Slams for the fourth time in his career (after 2011, 2015 and 2021) to take his Major tally to a record 24.

The 36-year-old also claimed a record seventh ATP Finals crown and finished the year as the ATP world No 1 for a record-extending eighth time.

Since turning 30 in 2017, Djokovic has won half (12 of 24) of his Grand Slam titles, making him the only man to reach doubles figures for majors won in their thirties.

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Djokovic is into his 424th week as the ATP world No 1 as he keeps extending his huge lead as the player to occupy top spot for the most weeks.

The Serbian also continues to stretch his own record of being the oldest world No 1 in history and will remain at the peak of the ATP Rankings beyond his 37th birthday on May 22.

Djokovic has reached another incredible landmark

Remarkably, this week is Djokovic’s 200th as the world No 1 since he turned 30 — a milestone that showcases just how dominant he has been in the latter period of his career.

His unrivalled level of success in his thirties becomes even clearer when compared to every other ATP player who has held the No 1 ranking after their 30th birthday.

Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Andy Murray and John Newcombe are the other seven men to achieve this feat.

The great Serbian has spent 132 more weeks as the world No 1 in this age bracket than Nadal (68), while Agassi is third on the list (33), ahead of Federer (25), Lendl (23), Connors (17), Murray (14) and Newcombe (8).

Astonishingly, Djokovic’s 200 weeks in top spot after reaching 30 is more than the total of 188 weeks from the tallies of the other seven legends combined.

This is a truly mind-blowing statistic for Djokovic, who continues to separate himself from his rivals with his incomparable numbers.

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