Novak Djokovic on Friday emulated childhood hero Pete Sampras by claiming the year-end world primary rating for the sixth time. Djokovic, 33, was confirmed within the place after Rafael Nadal, the one man who might deny him prime spot, opted to not play within the Sofia occasion subsequent week. Djokovic was additionally a season-ending world primary in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. “Pete was any person I regarded as much as after I was rising up, so to match his report is a dream come true,” mentioned Djokovic.
The Serbian star, a winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, had already moved previous Sampras’ tally of 286 weeks within the prime spot in September.
Djokovic can go previous all-time record-holder Roger Federer’s mark of 310 weeks on March eight subsequent yr.
“To complete the yr as No.1 is likely one of the most spectacular achievements in our sport, one which requires sustained excellence throughout the season,” mentioned ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
“To see Novak obtain this for the sixth time and match Pete’s report is just unimaginable, and he continues to cement his place within the historical past books.”
Djokovic has compiled a 39-Three successful season, selecting up 4 titles — a report eighth Australian Open, Dubai, the Cincinnati match, which was staged in New York, and in Rome.
Nevertheless, he was disqualified from the US Open for hitting a line choose with a ball earlier than his bid to win a second Roland Garros led to a tame defeat to Nadal within the closing.
Djokovic was nearly assured of ending 2020 on prime of the rankings when he reached the quarter-finals in Vienna final month.
He was surprised 6-2, 6-1 by Italian fortunate loser Lorenzo Sonego within the Austrian capital, struggling the heaviest lack of his profession in a best-of-three units conflict.
“I’ve carried out what I got here right here for, securing the primary. And I am fully wonderful with in the present day’s outcome,” he mentioned to some consternation.
Later this month, Djokovic will try to safe a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals trophy in London from November 15.
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