The ATP has announced today that after Rafael Nadal’s loss this morning in Shanghai, Novak Djokovic has secured the 2011 year-end No. 1 ranking.
The 24-year-old Serb becomes the 16th different player to finish a season No. 1 since the start of the rankings in 1973.
It’s also the eighth consecutive year that a European finishes on top of the ATP standings, following in the footsteps of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
American Andy Roddick (2003) is the last non-European No. 1.
Djokovic will be officially crowned year-end No. 1 during a special ceremony at the Barclays World Tour Finals in London which run November 20-27.
Following his recovery from a back ailment, Djokovic is scheduled to return to the tennis courts at Basel on October 31. This season Djokovic, who ascended to No. 1 on July 4, has 10 titles including three Grand Slams.
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