Novak Djokovic Follows Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic follows Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic is back inside the top 3 for the first time since July of last year. Novak claimed his 22nd Major title at the Australian Open and added 2000 ATP points to his tally. Thus, he conquered the ATP throne and continued his quest towards an unprecedented 400 weeks as the world number one.

1. Furthermore, Djokovic became the fifth 35-year-old player in the top 3, joining Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.. These five legends are the oldest top 3 players since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973, with Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi their closest rivals.

Laver and Rosewall were top 3 players at 36 and 40 respectively in 1975. Roger Federer joined the party at 38 in 2020, thanks to his remarkable results the previous season. Rafael Nadal started the current season in the top 3, closing in on Rod Laver but failing to match the Australian following the Australian Open disaster.

Novak Djokovic joined the legends following his 10th Australian Open crown, hoping to catch up with Laver within a year.

Novak Djokovic is the fifth oldest top-3 player.

The Serb was not in an ideal ranking position last July, despite winning his 21st Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon.

Novak missed the points at Roland Garros and missed 2000 at the All England Club. Furthermore, he was unable to play in the upcoming Masters 1000 events and the US Open. Djokovic made a fresh start in September, playing in his first ATP tournaments in more than two months.

The Serb won titles in Tel Aviv and Astana, adding 750 ATP points and improving his tally. Hungry for more, Novak set his sights on his seventh Paris Masters crown. Djokovic reached the final and fell to the young Holger Rune after a massive battle in the decider.

Novak secured 1,350 points in those three events, and the best was yet to come in Turin. The Serb conquered the ATP Finals after scoring all five wins, ending the season on a high note and earning himself a chance to become world number one.

1 in early 2023. Djokovic kicked off the new season with the Adelaide title, racking up 250 points and winning his fourth title from the previous five tournaments. Novak injured his left leg during the campaign and did not look good in the early stages of the Australian Open.

Djokovic battled against Enzo Couacaud and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the fourth round, doing everything he could to ease the pain and stay in contention. The Serb felt better for the rest of the tournament, beating Alex de Minaur, Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul to reach the title clash.

Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 for his 10th Australian Open title and 22nd Major crown. With those 2000 ATP points, Novak surpassed Carlos Alcaraz and began his seventh reign on the ATP throne. Novak Djokovic Follows Rod Laver Roger Federer Rafael Nadal

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