Following his big 4-set win over Roger Federer yesterday in the finals of the US Open, Novak Djokovic has officially clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking, the ATP confirmed today.
It’s the fourth time the Serb as finished a season at the top spot after 2011, 2012 and 2014. On Pete Sampras (6) and Roger Federer (5) have finished more times No. 1 since the ranking began in 1973.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to know I will end the year at No. 1 again,” said Djokovic. “This is what we fight for since January 1st. We still have a few tournaments left though and I look forward to competing in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and London.”
Djokovic, who began his third stint at World No. 1 on 7 July 2014, has been No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for 164 weeks and will move past McEnroe’s mark of 170 weeks at the top on 2 November 2015. Only Federer (302), Sampras (286), Lendl (270), Connors (268) and McEnroe have spent more weeks at No. 1 since 1973.
In 2015, Djokovic has become only the third player in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach all four Grand Slam finals in the same season, after Rod Laver (1969) and Federer (2006-07, ’09). He won the Australian Open (d. Murray), Wimbledon and US Open (d. Federer both times), but narrowly failed in becoming the eighth player in tennis history to complete a career Grand Slam after a runner-up finish at Roland Garros (l. to Wawrinka) in June.
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