World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has had one of the most difficult seasons this year and it has very little to do with his on-court results. The entire episode in Australia where his decision to remain unvaccinated saw him get deported out of the country and banned from entering for the next 3 years. That also meant he had to give up his hattrick of Australian Open titles without any title defense.
He remained inactive during the first three weeks of February as well making his season debut at the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships where he lost in the quarter-finals having won his matches in the first two rounds.
Novak Djokovic completes 7 years as the top ranked player
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic began his 364th week at the top of the ranking charts on Monday, amounting to a whopping total of seven years as World No. 1.
The Serb recently returned to the top spot. Djokovic rose to No. 1 for the first time in July 2011 after winning his first Wimbledon title. Since then, the Serb has been in the top spot for 364 out of 540 weeks or 67.4% of the time. This number will increase in the coming weeks, given Medvedev will not be able to earn any points.
Most of the upcoming clay events do not require players to be vaccinated. Djokovic will lead the field at the Monte-Carlo Masters from 10 April. Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, and Daniil Medvedev will be missing, significantly clearing the path for the Serb. failed to make the semifinals of the Miami Open. The Russian is currently only 10 points behind Djokovic, but won’t be able to topple the Serb any time soon as he has been sidelined by hernia surgery.