The Serb now leads the ATP rankings for 311 combined weeks, surpassing Federer’s total of 310 on Monday.
Djokovic has experienced five different spells as the world’s best male tennis player, most recently in first place over Rafael Nadal in February 2020.
“It really excites me to walk the path of the legends and giants of this sport,” Djokovic said during the ATP Tour.
“Knowing that I have earned my place among them by following my childhood dream is a nice confirmation that when you do things out of love and passion, anything is possible.”
The 33-year-old topped the rankings for the first time in July 2011 and established himself as one of the best players in tennis history.
After winning the Australian Open in February, Djokovic now has 18 Grand Slam titles to his name, two fewer than Federer and Nadal.
“Novak’s many accomplishments in tennis are simply extraordinary,” said ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi. “Among them, this record is perhaps his most impressive record.”
“Reaching # 1 is something many players dream of and very few ever achieve, and to have held # 1 longer than anyone else is a testament to the levels of sustained excellence that Novak has redefined in our sport. “
Speaking after his Australian Open win, Djokovic said he would now focus his efforts solely on winning more Grand Slams as he chased Federer and Nadal’s all-time men’s record.
However, Federer, 39, insists his career is far from over after suffering a lengthy foot injury in the past year.
He has not been in a competitive game since his loss to Djokovic in last year’s Australian Open semi-finals, but he is expected to return to Qatar this week.
While his expectations remain low for his first game in over a year, Federer has his sights set on top form at Wimbledon in June.
“I might surprise myself, but in fact I [have] done in practice in recent weeks, ”he told reporters.
“I was surprised how well it went. But as we know games are a different animal.”
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