Djokovic will overtake Pete Sampras weeks #1 after AO2020

Cortana

Hall of Fame
Currently sitting at 251 weeks. If he keeps his ranking till the AO 2020, he will be at 289 weeks after the AO2020.

Can he overtake Federer next year?
 

TripleATeam

G.O.A.T.
Honestly, Nadal hasn't dominated this clay season like he did last and 2017, so a couple thousand point cushion is taken away from him. The next best contender is Federer, but every year gets exponentially harder for him to be #1, especially considering how vulnerable he is now by lesser players, though clay may give him a well-needed boost. Next biggest splash comes from Tsitsipas. Ahead of Fed in the race, and only a few hundred behind Nadal. If he has a good showing the rest of the season and maybe grabs a slam, who knows what's in store?

Honestly though, Novak is holding #1 until the WTF at least, and if no one else steps up in a major way, he'll stay that way well into 2020, straightforwardly breaking Federer's record.
 

Tenez!

Professional
Unless he loses badly at WB and USO, he's a safe #1 until next RG 2020, which would be 305 total.
Nadal can't really gain on him at the slams, Djokovic could still gain at Canada, Paris & Master's, and Federer is an insuperable 6500 points behind.

Only the slump can stop him.
 
Unless he loses badly at WB and USO, he's a safe #1 until next RG 2020, which would be 305 total.
Nadal can't really gain on him at the slams, Djokovic could still gain at Canada, Paris & Master's, and Federer is an insuperable 6500 points behind.

Only the slump can stop him.
Sad reality.
We don't even have a Murray level player now on tour
 

Grampa

Semi-Pro
???
He can, but Nadal won last year, Djokovic went out in quarters, even if Nadal wins the final, he is not really gaining points, while Djokovic does.
But Nadal will gain points anyways for the year end no.1. So maybe there are no immediate changes, longterm it can affect and most certainly will.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
Honestly, Nadal hasn't dominated this clay season like he did last and 2017, so a couple thousand point cushion is taken away from him. The next best contender is Federer, but every year gets exponentially harder for him to be #1, especially considering how vulnerable he is now by lesser players, though clay may give him a well-needed boost. Next biggest splash comes from Tsitsipas. Ahead of Fed in the race, and only a few hundred behind Nadal. If he has a good showing the rest of the season and maybe grabs a slam, who knows what's in store?

Honestly though, Novak is holding #1 until the WTF at least, and if no one else steps up in a major way, he'll stay that way well into 2020, straightforwardly breaking Federer's record.
He is the only legit contender for World #1 these days.

I imagine Tsits will be the first outsider to break #2 since Hewitt in was #2 in 2005. And Tsits will do so because he plays 500 times more than Fraud and Ned.
 

TheIntrovert

Hall of Fame
He has a whole bunch to defend Wimbledon onwards. If he has another period like he’s just had (assuming he’s over it now. We’ll find out today) then it’s very possible for him to be dethroned
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
He has a whole bunch to defend Wimbledon onwards. If he has another period like he’s just had (assuming he’s over it now. We’ll find out today) then it’s very possible for him to be dethroned
All it takes is a slump post RG and his numbers come crashing down. He’s defending more than 6000 points from Wimbledon to Shanghai
 
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Tenez!

Professional
He has a whole bunch to defend Wimbledon onwards. If he has another period like he’s just had (assuming he’s over it now. We’ll find out today) then it’s very possible for him to be dethroned
He defends 8k points after RG, out of a possible 10k.
I'll admit that's a high share.
But Fed still won 3k points after RG and Rafa 3,4k, meaning they can't just wait it out, they must still outperform Djokovic after FO to overtake him! (in other words: let's not forget he's first in the Race by quite a bit)
 
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Soul_Evisceration

Hall of Fame
All it takes is a slump post RG and his numbers come crashing down. He’s defending more than 6000 points between from Wimbledon to Shanghai
Agreed. Until RG, he can only accumulate points.

Afterwards to maintain at the Topspot will be the uphill battle which remains to be seen.

Will Nadal, Federer or a NextGener take over afterwards that will be the question.

IMO Djokovic will surpass Sampras but he will be just short of Federer's record.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
All it takes is a slump post RG and his numbers come crashing down. He’s defending more than 6000 points between from Wimbledon to Shanghai
You're right, but his closest rival is Nadal who hasn't played a full season for many years now. So, Djokovic still has that going for him in that if he plays a full season, and gain some ranking points from tournaments, even if he doesn't win them, will continue to stay at the top.
 

Cortana

Hall of Fame
He doesn't have to win everything to stay at #1. Winning a lot of tournaments just means that he is well ahead of the rest, like he currently is.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I feel like he just needs to perform well during that Wimbledon-USO stretch, end the year at #1, and he can not only pass Sampras but also everyone else next year. It all depends on how well he can perform this summer.
 

KINGROGER

G.O.A.T.
He pretty much has this in the bag. 0 challengers since 2014 pretty much aside from Murray for 6 months and Nadal for a spell in 2018...who disappeared post USO but in 2017 fought on to win China, final in Shanghai, played Paris just to stop Federer.

Fed only has himself to blame. Mugged up post AO 2010. Mugged up number 1 position 2012. 2017 Montreal. 2018 IW debacle and didn’t play clay which would’ve added many more weeks. Etc.

Only hope to save tennis would be a miracle from someone like Thiem or Tsitsipas (would need Thiem to win RG/USO).
 

terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
Federists in ruins already it seems.

The only human being remaining to stop Novak right now is Pepe.
 
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