Novak Djokovic: Novak Djokovic claims record seventh year-end number one ranking

Media playback is not supported on this device Djokovic achieves remarkable year-end number one ranking Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro to secure a record seventh year-end number one ranking, despite missing 12…

Novak Djokovic: Novak Djokovic claims record seventh year-end number one ranking

Media playback is not supported on this device Djokovic achieves remarkable year-end number one ranking

Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro to secure a record seventh year-end number one ranking, despite missing 12 months due to an elbow injury.

The Serb, 29, finished at the top of the ATP rankings, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal down to second and third place.

Djokovic came through a close final at Wimbledon to regain his Olympic crown and said it “was a tough year”.

Federer finished second in the rankings after 11 months out with injury.

The world number one in men’s tennis, a list dating back to 1980, was previously held by Pete Sampras, who retired in 2003 with no losing season.

“One year on the sideline, I definitely lost a lot of track of time. I was still thinking about what would this year be about for me, and if it would mean a win at the Olympics or at Wimbledon. Obviously Wimbledon played a big role,” said Djokovic.

“I definitely wanted to end this year the right way, so I’ll go home with no regrets.”

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Australian Open champion Roger Federer, the last man to beat Djokovic to the top, ended the year at number two after finishing with two titles.

Spain’s Nadal, who won the French Open in June to claim a 10th Roland Garros title, came third – returning to the top of the rankings after his seven-month absence for a knee injury.

Djokovic first reached number one in the year-end rankings in 2010, 12 months after winning his second French Open title and ending Federer’s 77-week reign as the world number one.

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He could still fall to two in the rankings if Nadal wins the US Open and either Federer or Djokovic fails to win a title.

Djokovic said: “Going into next year, for sure, if nothing happens, it will be interesting times. It will be a challenge.

“At the same time, the expectation is the same, maybe even bigger. But at the same time, if someone loses one or two titles, it is still a very good season to finish with. At least we can have this kind of result.”

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