Novak Djokovic’s resurgence continued as he secured a record-breaking seventh consecutive year-end No. 1 spot on Monday. He became the first man in the Open era to become No. 1 in consecutive years while also establishing a tie with Rafael Nadal for fifth place on the all-time list with 19 career No. 1s.
It is also the eighth-most No. 1s of all time, with only two active players joining him in the list.
Taking the mantle of No. 1 is Djokovic, who beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets on Sunday evening. Del Potro, who last won the U.S. Open two years ago and went into the match as the runner-up at this year’s U.S. Open, came out to dance with Djokovic after the final winner.
According to ESPN, Djokovic had to beat one of the current top five in tennis — Federer, Nadal, Murray, and Del Potro, all of whom he beat Sunday night — to claim the top spot. Djokovic looked in great form as he ended his long slump in form, earning his first championship since Wimbledon in 2016 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, which proved to be a final preparation before his triumphant 2017.
After being crowned world No. 1, the 32-year-old Serbian followed up by thanking everyone who helped him get there, beginning with his team and sponsors.
Thank you so much to all the people who help me every day. Especially the main ones, my team and my sponsors. My guys took a huge risk starting with me after my back injury. I think they are enjoying my comeback the most. The love, the support. All of you have helped me here, and this is one of the most important moments for me, the first No. 1 in seven years. I love the sport and want to give the best to you guys.
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