BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Djokovic Presented ATP World Tour No. 1 & Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year Award
by ATP Staff|
Drewett said, "Finishing the year as No. 1 on the ATP World Tour must go down as one of the toughest challenges in all sports. Since the ATP Rankings began 40 years ago, only 16 players can lay claim to this feat. It’s the greatest test of skill, hard work and physical and mental endurance that our sport has to offer. The fact that Novak has managed to do this in two successive seasons is a phenomenal effort. He is part of a group of players that reflects the greatest champions in the history of the ATP World Tour, and truly deserves his place among such illustrious company."
The 25 year old is the first player to clinch the year-end No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07.
Djokovic told a capacity crowd, “It is an incredibly satisfying feeling to win the ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy for a second time. I hope to be able to fight for this title next year.”
Djokovic also joins Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, former South African president Nelson Mandela and Arthur Ashe as winners of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, recognised for his contributions through the Novak Djokovic Foundation, his role as a UNICEF ambassador and other individual ventures.
When asked whether he thought Djokovic could retain No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in 2013, his compatriot Tipsarevic said, “I wouldn't be surprised if he stays the No. 1 all throughout next year and win whatever goal he has in his mind, like more Grand Slams, Roland Garros, all four. With him, nothing surprises me honestly.”
Watch Justin Gimelstob talk to Djokovic about his awards