Novak Djokovic Clinches 6th Year-End No. 1 Ranking
by Staff | November 6th, 2020, 8:58 pm
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For the sixth time, Novak Djokovic will finish a season as the No. 1 ranking. After Rafael Nadal confirmed he would not play in Sofia, Djokovic was assured of the top spot today.

The Serbian, who finishes as World No. 1 for the sixth time in the past 10 years (also 2011-12, ‘14-15 and ‘18), draws level with his childhood hero, American Pete Sampras, who ended six straight years at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis between 1993 and 1998.

“Pete was somebody I looked up to when I was growing up, so to match his record is a dream come true,” said Djokovic. “I will also keep striving to be a better player, hopefully have more success and break more records in a sport I love with all my heart.”

It is the 16th time in the past 17 years (except Andy Murray in 2016) that the year-end No. 1 has been held by Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (2008, ’10, ’13, ’17, ’19) or Roger Federer (2004-07, ’09). Andy Roddick was the 2003 year-end No. 1.

A 4-time champion in 2020, Djokovic will also seek a sixth ATP Finals title later this month.

RECENT ATP NO. 1s
2020 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2019 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2018 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2017 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2016 Andy Murray (Great Britain)
2015 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2014 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2012 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2011 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain)


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6 Comments for Novak Djokovic Clinches 6th Year-End No. 1 Ranking

chrisford1 Says:

Equaling Pete Sampras 6 year end finishes is yet another big accomplishment in Djokovic’s roller coaster year.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats Nole!!!


Daniel Says:

More impressive is that he’s done in a ten year Sapam, 6 out of last 10. Nadal got his 5 in 12 years and Federer 5 in 6.

What happend in Paris and WTF could determine his assault in Federer’s 310 total weeks record. Nadal is in semis and could win Paris for the first time (2 straight Paris titla after RG). If he loses today to Zeverev or tomorrow Djoko’s cushion for next year improve, as he will have to defend AO after a decent WTF to surpass Federer in March 2021. Pandemic allowing


chrisford1 Says:

VP – for you, a link to an interview with Toni Nadal about Djokovic, which also impressed me to no end how smart Uncle Toni was about the tennis pros, despite never playing himself.
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Novak_Djokovic/57706/toni-nadal-novak-djokovic-was-the-real-problem-when-i-saw-him-in-2005-/

Toni saw Djokovic play for the 1st time in 2005. He passed by Court #18 at Wimbedon where some young Balkan guy was playing Juan Monaco, it caught his eye, he watched for a few minutes, and went back right away to warn Nadal that he had seen the guy that would become a real problem for his nephew.
Why at only a glance??
“A player like this, like the ones who mark the history of any sport, warn early because they have something more.”

BTW, it comforts me a little to know even the big 3 have some odd flaws that don’t detract from their greatness, but stand out. Rafa is unable to get a title indoors because he thinks it seems he is doomed from the start never to win the whole thing. Djokovic has a temper and can be a drama queen, but what I love because it is one thing I know I can do better – is the infamous DjokoSmash. Roger obviously has the mental strength to win 20 majors and make 23 straight Slam semis, oodles of confidence…..but when he plays Rafa and Djokovic, and it becomes all about mental strength, you can see Federer slowly crack simply because while he may be playing better – but Rafa and Novak are warriors in the crunch, and he is not.


Van Persie Says:

CF1,

Thank you for sharing the link. Toni Nadal shows, that sometimes a non tennis pro can read the game even better and that he can be an excellent coach.🙂


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,
Thanks👍


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