Novak Djokovic has been named the world’s top-ranked tennis player in an annual list released by the ATP Tour. The 26-year-old Serb is now the only man to win world No. 1 spot seven times.
Novak Djokovic secured the world No. 1 ranking for the seventh time on Sunday when his thrilling Wimbledon quarterfinal victory over Roger Federer was announced.The win moved Djokovic back above Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings. The two players held the top two spots for 33 weeks, a tie since Djokovic defeated Nadal in last year’s Wimbledon final.
Djokovic had a historic 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over Federer, marking the first time in the sport’s history that two eight-time Wimbledon singles champions squared off in the same singles semi-final in 75 years. Djokovic’s win gave him his 67th victory on Centre Court, the most by any player in Wimbledon history.
This was also Djokovic’s eighth Wimbledon championship trophy; all have come with Andy Murray, in third place with three. Murray retired from his quarterfinal match on Saturday, which prompted Djokovic to claim the top spot.
But it wasn’t a smooth ride for Djokovic at Wimbledon, where he was made to play Federer for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament in 12 years. Despite Federer dropping his serve four times in the match, Djokovic took almost three hours to win the match, his longest ever at Wimbledon.
Although he is now the sport’s top player, Djokovic has not won all six Wimbledon men’s singles titles he has entered in his career. He lost in the finals in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. In the 2015 final, he lost to Nadal, the man he will face in the final at the All England Club on Sunday, the first time Djokovic has faced the Spaniard in a Grand Slam final in 11 years.
This is the seventh time Djokovic has won world No. 1 spot. He is followed by Nadal in second, Swiss superstar Roger Federer in third and Stan Wawrinka in fourth.
The ATP released its top-100 player list on Monday, and Wawrinka’s place was in doubt after he withdrew from the tournament with a knee injury before the second round.
The French Open champion from Switzerland still has a chance to claim the No. 3 spot after playing his quarterfinal match on Saturday. However, it is still up in the air as to whether Andy Murray will be awarded the top-spot after he withdrew from the tournament last week with a back injury. If Nadal were to have to drop down to three, Wawrinka would claim the No. 3 spot.
The ATP has only given top-100 rankings to men in the past, but the ATP Tour announced in 2011 that the women would have equal ranking points based on computer points from the previous year. In addition, women’s No. 1 seed from the French Open will receive equal ranking points, while women’s No. 2 seed from Wimbledon will receive equal ranking points.