Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic set a new record of 311 weeks as world number one on Monday, eclipsing the record held by Roger Federer by one week.
“Big day today”, the imperious Serb wrote on Twitter.
Djokovic, 33, won his 18th major at the Australian Open in February, and said then he has his sights on the record of 20 majors held by Federer and Rafael Nadal.
With Federer turning 40 in August, the Serb has time on his side. He is also a year younger than Nadal.
“It really excites me to walk the path of legends and giants of this sport,” said Djokovic, in a statement released by the ATP.
“To know that I earned my place among them by following my childhood dream is a beautiful confirmation that when you do things out of love and passion, everything is possible.”
ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “Novak’s many achievements in tennis are nothing short of extraordinary. Among them this record may stand as his single most impressive.
“Reaching No. 1 is something many players dream of and very few ever accomplish, and to have held the top spot for longer than anyone is testament to the levels of sustained excellence that Novak has redefined in our sport.”
AFP reports that vdeos of the most important moments of his career will be projected on Belgrade town hall on Monday evening, after the capital’s authorities called on fans to gather and honour Djokovic despite the pandemic measures.