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Federer Praises Djokovic On Clinching Year-End World No. 1 Ranking

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is bidding to capture a seventh title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Roger Federer praised Novak Djokovic for finishing year-end No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Sunday ahead of the start of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

"You do not get to number one by chance,” said Federer, who is a six-time champion at the season-ending tournament. “The Rankings are something that shows how you have played over a 365-day period. It might all change again in two months at the Australian Open but right now it is clear."

The Swiss, who has spent a record 302 weeks at World No. 1, will relinquish the top spot to Djokovic on Monday.

"I obviously gave it everything I had. I've played so much tennis the last one and a half, two years and I'm happy I got back to World No. 1.

"It's obviously a time where you need to win at least a Slam, if not more Slams, or at least five to 10 titles, so we're not talking about just a quick jump to No. 1 and then you lose it again.

"This is a full-on process. That obviously takes a lot of sacrifice. For the time being I'm willing to do all of that. So I'm putting my schedule into place for next year and there are no extraordinary changes."

Federer opens his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals campaign against Janko Tipsarevic in Group B on Tuesday afternoon. The 31 year old is bidding to become the first player since Ivan Lendl in 1987 to capture three straight year-end championship trophies.

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