Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking, becoming the first player to finish the season atop the ATP standings in consecutive years since Roger Federer achieved four straight No. 1 finishes from 2004-07.
Djokovic, who lost the top spot to Federer after the Swiss won Wimbledon, will reclaim the No. 1 ranking on November 5, when Federer’s points from his 2011 title runs at Basel, the Paris Masters, and the ATP World Tour Finals drop off his record. Federer added final-round points from his runner-up finish in Basel last Sunday, but he pulled out of the Paris Masters and will lose all 1000 points he earned there last tear. The ATP stated that Federer will not be able to earn enough rankings points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.
Djokovic has an ATP-best 70-11 match record this year, and won the Australian Open, Miami Masters, Toronto Masters, Beijing, and Shanghai Masters tournaments. He was also a finalist at Roland Garros, the U.S. Open, and three other Masters tournaments.