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Djokovic ties Federer in weeks at No. 1 in rankings

- By Howard Fendrich

Novak Djokovic is gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, and he’s already caught Federer in another significan­t statistic: As of Monday, Djokovic has been No. 1 in the ATP rankings for a total of 310 weeks.

That equals Federer’s career record for most time spent atop the rankings. And no matter what happens over the next week, Djokovic is assured of breaking Federer’s mark on March 8.

Pete Sampras is third on the list, with 286 weeks.

Djokovic’s Australian Open championsh­ip last month gave the 33-year-old from Serbia 18 Grand Slam singles trophies. Only Federer and

Nadal, each with 20, have more.

Getting to that milestone for No. 1 weeks is “going to be a relief for me, because I’m going to focus all my attention on Slams, mostly,” Djokovic said after beating Daniil Medvedev in the final at Melbourne Park. “When you are going for No. 1 rankings, you kind of have to be playing the entire season, and you have to be playing well; you have to play all the tournament­s. My goals will adapt and will shift a little bit.”

There was no movement in the ATP’s Top 10 on Monday.

But if current No. 3 Medvedev reaches the final at the hard-court tournament in Rotterdam, Netherland­s, that concludes Sunday, he would overtake Nadal and move up to a career-high No. 2.

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