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Novak Djokovic is now in the third spot in the all-time world No. 1 ranking and will celebrate his 271st week at the summit of the ATP leaderboard by returning to action in Tokyo.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner has moved ahead of Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl in recent weeks and now sits behind only Pete Sampras and Roger Federer in terms of most weeks spent at the world’s top-ranked player.
Both totals will feel very attainable for the 32-year-old – who has made no secret of his desire to end his career as the statistically most successful player in history – although Rafael Nadal is posing a serious threat in the battle to end the season as world No. 1.