Djokovic destroyed Roger Federer’s record for the highest ranking.

After Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, announced her retirement, a moment that was in the air also arrived in the men’s game: Roger Federer announced his retirement from the sport. The Swiss revealed in a social media post that his physical state does not allow him to restart his professional career, which ended after his loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon in 2021.

A career filled with various records, ranging from the quantity of wins to Grand Slam wins to the ATP ranking. No other tennis player has yet broken Roger Federer‘s record of 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the world rankings.

Djokovic destroyed Roger Federer‘s record for the highest ranking.

The Swiss champion attained the twenty-third position in tennis history on February 2, 2004, the first time anyone has ever done so. The first chapter of history and a hegemony that would last until August 17, 2008 were written the day following the Australian Open victory, which was won against Marta Safin.

The Swiss champion has maintained his position on top for more over four years; during that period, he has also won two Australian titles, four Wimbledon championships, three US Open crowns, and three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. A hegemony that came to an end when the remaining three members of the future Fab Four turned to tennis and started to set records as well.

Rafael Nadal, who took over as the new number one on August 18, 2008, actually took the scepter away from him after holding it for nearly four years. None of them succeeded in outperforming Roger Federer: Djokovic, who holds the record for the most weeks at the top of the charts, halted at 122 between 2014 and 2016.

On the other side, Nadal‘s romance with the top of the rankings was not great; it was occasionally romantic but never truly lasting. On the other hand, Andy Murray only ever held the position of leadership for 41 weeks in a row.