Other Improved Prestige Stat: thanks to an incredible performance at the Australian Open 2023, in which he soon became the absolute protagonist of the tournament, Novak Djokovic is rewriting his already many recordsin addition to obtaining new records and prestigious positions in some special rankings.
Between these, the Serbian champion has officially joined the top 5 of the tennis players with the most matches played in the history of the ATP Tour: a figure that demonstrates the great continuity of the Belgrader, who at 35 can still get a lot of satisfaction and not only at the Grand Slam level.
In the rankings, Jimmy Connors leads with 1,561 total games played. Instead, Swiss champion Roger Federer stopped at an altitude of 1526, recently retired but still in a fairly quiet second position at the moment. Iván Lendl completes the podium with 1312, followed by the (fourth) Spanish Rafael Nadal with 1288 and with possibilities of reaching third place.
Nole reached fifth place along with Guillermo Vilas, who will be completely surpassed in the final that the Serb will play at the Australian Open on Sunday, January 29, against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
This is the current top 5 of the special ranking:
Jimmy Connors (1561)
Ivan Lendl (1312)
Rafael Nadal (1288)
Novak Djokovic (1248)
an impressive career
At 35, Djokovic is showing the entire ATP Tour incredible physical condition, which could naturally allow him to extend his career (and dominance too?) even further.
Despite initial problems with his left thigh, the Serb held on in the first few outings and was back to his best when it came to getting really serious. The clear victory, especially over Andrey Rublev, as well as against the American Tommy Paul, demonstrated the still high value of the game that Nole can express on the court.
The victories in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Continuity also stands out in total matches played on tour: only in recent years has the Belgrade native had to start paring back his schedule, skipping a few more Masters 1000s but managing to make his mark each season.