Tennis news - Novak Djokovic celebrates number one record with fans - 'A special day for Serbia'
Novak Djokovic has topped the ATP rankings for a combined 311 weeks, surpassing Roger Federer’s tally of 310, and the Serb celebrated his latest achievement with hundreds of fans outside a restaurant named 'Novak' in Belgrade. There were joyous scenes with fireworks as Djokovic celebrated with his family, and with many supporters in attendance.
'A special day for Serbia' - Djokovic celebrates number one record
"I am trying to enjoy this moment as much as I can because somehow we tennis players are used to, and are programmed to think about, the next challenge and what is the next step and task," he said to the crowd.
"This is how I will continue; there is still hunger and thirst in me for tennis, that's for sure.
Today is a special day for myself, my family, as well as Serbia and our whole nation, Thank you.
"This success we celebrate today is not only mine but of the whole nation."
Buildings in the Serbian capital were lit with his portrait, while there was also a light show displaying the best moments of his career.
Tennis fans watch videos of most important moments of the career of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic projected on Belgrade's city hall to celebrate 311 weeks as world number one in Belgrade
Despite Covid-19 guidelines dictating that outdoor gatherings should be limited to just five people, social distancing did not appear to be a feature of the celebrations as jubilant fans chanted "Nolo, Nolo".