Going into the first major of the season, the No. 1 scenario was clear—the only way Djokovic could take the No. 1 ranking back from Nadal was if the Spaniard lost before the semifinals and the Serb won the title. And that’s exactly what ended up happening, with Nadal falling to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals and Djokovic going on to lift the trophy, defeating Thiem in a marathon five-set final.
Djokovic now begins his 276th career week at No. 1—he’s closing in on the record for most weeks at No. 1 in ATP history, trailing only Pete Sampras (286 weeks) and Roger Federer (310 weeks).
“That’s one of the two biggest goals, for sure. I mean, there is no secret in that,” he told ATPTour.com.
Djokovic only has a 325-point lead over No. 2-ranked Nadal—9,720 to 9,395—but the Serb only has 315 points to defend over the next three months, while the Spaniard is defending 945 points.