Novak Djokovic on No 1 record: ‘It’s probably the biggest achievement that I’ve had in my career’

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Novak Djokovic looking to the sky

He has broken a lot of records over the years, but Novak Djokovic believes setting a new milestone for most weeks as No 1 in the ATP Rankings is top of list.

The Serbian eclipsed Roger Federer’s mark of 310 weeks at No 1 at the beginning of March and more than a month later he is still going strong with the record now 316 weeks.

Although he has dozens of records behind his name, 18-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic ranks the most weeks as world No 1 feat as his best.

“The historic achievement was of course something that was very fulfilling for me, for my family. It’s probably the biggest achievement that I’ve ever had in my career,” he said.

“It’s an accumulation of all the years of success and hard work, not just for myself but all the people that are around me, my team, my family.”

His hometown of Belgrade held a street party in his honour after he set the new milestone and the 33-year-old admits it was special to share the achievement with those close to him.

Fireworks and a street party as Belgrade honours its favourite son Novak Djokovic after No 1 record

He added: “I was very happy to be able to stay close to my family and share the joy with them even though the restrictions were such that we could not make maybe more of a celebration than we kind of imagined but nevertheless there were a lot of people that showed up on the streets.

“I’m very thankful to the city of Belgrade and the country of Serbia for creating some special events during that day to acknowledge the success. And it was definitely a very special day that will stay forever in my heart.”

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