Novak Djokovic celebrates 171 weeks at the top of the rankings

Novak Djokovic has enjoyed 171 weeks in top spot and looks set to stay there for the foreseeable future

Novak Djokovic has moved to fifth in the all-time standings for most weeks at number one in the ATP Rankings.

The Serb, who has been in stunning form throughout 2015, has a 7,535-point lead over Roger Federer, who rose to No2 in the world following his seventh Swiss Indoors Basel final win over Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

Only Jimmy Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and Roger Federer (302) are ahead of him with the most weeks in the top spot.

“You’ve got to have the self discipline and the dedication, devotion, but most of all passion for the sport, for what you do and keep on waking up every day knowing what your big victory is and what you are aiming for,” Djokovic told the ATP World Tour website.

“Believing in yourself, in your abilities, is something that when you are younger most people are lacking.

“Obviously, you want everything to come right away and you want to experience success instantly, which is in most cases not possible. You have to work for it.”

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