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3fees
10-29-2012, 08:57 AM
Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07.


Djokovic, who lost the World No. 1 ranking to the Swiss on 9 July following a 53-week reign, will reclaim the top spot on 5 November when Federer drops his points from his 2011 title wins at the Swiss Indoors Basel, BNP Paribas Masters and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Federer will then not be able to earn enough South African Airways ATP Rankings points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.

Last year, Djokovic became the first Serbian man to finish World No. 1 in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973) with a 10-title effort, including three Grand Slam crowns. He first ascended to World No. 1 on 4 July, 2011, following his Wimbledon triumph. Only 16 different players have managed to finish year-end No. 1 in the 40-year history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

Djokovic has enjoyed another stellar season in 2012, opening his campaign with the successful defence of his title at the Australian Open. He has compiled a circuit-best 70-11 match record going into this week’s BNP Paribas Masters, where he will be looking to reach his seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final of the season and add to his titles at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Rogers Cup in Toronto and Shanghai Rolex Masters. Djokovic also lifted the China Open trophy in Beijing and was a finalist at Roland Garros and the US Open.

The 25-year-old Serbian will be officially crowned as the year-end World No. 1 during a trophy presentation at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next week at The O2 in London. Djokovic will be competing at the prestigious season finale for a sixth straight year, and will be bidding to win the trophy for the second time following his victory in 2008.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/11/Features/Djokovic-To-Finish-Year-End-World-No-1.aspx

smoledman
10-29-2012, 08:59 AM
Congrats to Nole, a deserving new champion, achieving something Nadal couldn't - consecutive YE #1.

Sabratha
10-29-2012, 09:23 AM
Djokovic sure is consistent.

forzamilan90
10-29-2012, 09:36 AM
Dude is awesome a deserving number 1 player

get it in
10-29-2012, 09:54 AM
Congrats to Nole. The year end finish at number 1 is a coveted achievement for many players. His results this year were phenomenal. 1 title, 2 finals, and 1 semi in the grand slams. 3 titles, 3 finals, 1 semi, and 2 quarters in the Masters. Those are excellent results.

I think it would have been more interesting had Federer not pulled out of Paris this week. Perhaps it would have been a big ask to stay in the tournament. He is defending 1000 points there and then would have had to turn around and play in the world tour finals. It appears to be a smart move on Federer's part to focus on the finals since there is more money in that tournament. No slight to Djokovic, though. He is deserving of everything. Maybe someone else would like to comment on the last 2 tournaments of the year and how it would have played out had Federer decided to play in Paris. Certainly having to play Basel, Paris, and then the finals would have been tough. Djokovic pulled out of Valencia so he is playing 2 straight weeks instead of 3. At this level of play, it can be very difficult to sustain semis or better so many weeks in a row. They are human, after all. Well, maybe some like to believe Djokovic is not. :shock:

MichaelNadal
10-29-2012, 09:55 AM
I don't like him but he's an amazing player.

JadeC
10-29-2012, 09:59 AM
I don't like him but he's an amazing player.

Aww, I remember when he was your #2 guy. :(

Congrats to Novak!

El Diablo
10-29-2012, 10:00 AM
The remarkable thing is that someone actually says "South African Airways ATP Rankings" when he (presumably) isn't being paid to do so. Your corporate reverance is quite something to behold.

dr325i
10-29-2012, 10:04 AM
Aww, I remember when he was your #2 guy. :(

Congrats to Novak!

He dedicated a 100% of his love to his #1 guy ;)

McEnroeisanartist
10-29-2012, 10:10 AM
I have never cared for him, but yes, he is proving to be a very consistent champion.

I am not sure where he ranks in comparision to like Edberg, Becker, and Wilander, because it feels like most of Djokovic's success has happened in just the last two years.

Sabratha
10-29-2012, 10:11 AM
Maybe Djokovic can make it 3 in a row.

MichaelNadal
10-29-2012, 10:12 AM
He dedicated a 100% of his love to his #1 guy ;)

Basically, lol.

Sabratha
10-29-2012, 10:13 AM
I have never cared for him, but yes, he is proving to be a very consistent champion.

I am not sure where he ranks in comparision to like Edberg, Becker, and Wilander, because it feels like most of Djokovic's success has happened in just the last two years.
He won the Australian Open in 2008, he just found it harder to become #1 then as you needed to win two slams instead of one to attain it. He was five points off ending the year in second place, though.

Towser83
10-29-2012, 10:26 AM
And so the see saw of year end number ones ends and we have the same player 2 years in a row.

It was very close though, closest season in 10 years and could have been closer if Nadal didn't go awol

tennis_pro
10-29-2012, 10:40 AM
Old news, we knew that after Federer lost to Murray in Shanghai that he's got no chance.

Best results in majors, 3 Masters titles, probably more (I see him as the favorite in Paris and a heavy favorite if Murray loses before the final). Federer kept it close for a long time so at least it was fun, unlike the previous seasons where by June/July we knew who would end the season ranked 1st.

Sabratha
10-29-2012, 10:42 AM
Old news, we knew that after Federer lost to Murray in Shanghai that he's got no chance.

Best results in majors, 3 Masters titles, probably more (I see him as the favorite in Paris and a heavy favorite if Murray loses before the final). Federer kept it close for a long time so at least it was fun, unlike the previous seasons where by June/July we knew who would end the season ranked 1st.
The last time before this where a player achieved the #1 ranking in October/November, was when Roddick became #1 in November 2003.

smoledman
10-29-2012, 11:19 AM
Still Djokovic will never equal Fed's 237 consecutive weeks at #1.

SoBad
10-29-2012, 11:21 AM
Still Djokovic will never equal Fed's 237 consecutive weeks at #1.

Maybe, but only because Djokovic has been facing tough competition, while Fred piled up slams in a weak era.

smoledman
10-29-2012, 11:22 AM
Maybe, but only because Djokovic has been facing tough competition, while Fred piled up slams in a weak era.

Fred? Seriously???

SoBad
10-29-2012, 11:26 AM
Fred? Seriously???

You need everyone to constantly type out full name and last four digits of his social security number every time?

smoledman
10-29-2012, 11:28 AM
You need everyone to constantly type out full name and last four digits of his social security number every time?

So you're perfectly ok with Nads? Or do I need to type "Humble Bull", "The Magnificent Rafael Nadal", etc...

SoBad
10-29-2012, 11:34 AM
So you're perfectly ok with Nads? Or do I need to type "Humble Bull", "The Magnificent Rafael Nadal", etc...

"Nads" is fine and you are also welcome to refer to him as "banana-choker" or "butt-picker", which is the standard practice around here.

Tony48
10-29-2012, 11:42 AM
Still Djokovic will never equal Fed's 237 consecutive weeks at #1.

Very relevant tidbit there. It's a shame that it wasn't part of the OP's article.

Sabratha
10-29-2012, 11:45 AM
Very relevant tidbit there. It's a shame that it wasn't part of the OP's article.
Djokovic is going to have Agassi's career backwards. He won't get the most finishes at #1, but he will win the most Australian Open tournaments all up.

Ms Nadal
10-29-2012, 11:48 AM
Djokovic is going to have Agassi's career backwards. He won't get the most finishes at #1, but he will win the most Australian Open tournaments all up.

I agree, Melbourne Park belongs to Djok! :). May he win it again.

Gonzo_style
10-29-2012, 11:52 AM
Still Djokovic will never equal Fed's 237 consecutive weeks at #1.

Djokovic probably cry every night because of that...