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Djokovic Overtakes Nadal At No. 1 In Emirates ATP Rankings

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Novak Djokovic has today returned to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since the week of 30 September 2013.

Since relinquishing the top spot to Rafael Nadal last year, the Serbian has compiled a 54-4 match record and seven titles — including four ATP World Tour Masters 1000s, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and the Wimbledon crown — from eight finals.

Nadal, who spent 143 weeks at No. 1, put together a 54-11 mark — highlighted by three titles from seven finals — over the same period.

Djokovic’s consistency and precision have become the hallmarks of his game. He is one of the greatest returners in tennis history and his superb defence means that he rarely gives away cheap points. It means that he constantly applies pressure on his opponents

The last time Djokovic lost to a player outside of the Top 10 was John Isner at the Western & Southern Open almost 11 months ago. Incredibly, Cincinnati is the only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy that he has yet to lift. In a few weeks’ time, he will look to make amends.

Djokovic’s decision to bring Boris Becker into his team in December 2013 has been vindicated. His five-set triumph over Roger Federer on Sunday, for his second title at The Championships, was his first Grand Slam crown since the 2013 Australian Open.

The triumph was his first in a major since his first coach, Jelena Gencic, who he described as a ‘second mother’, died at the age of 76 in June last year. He dedicated victory to her, his team, his soon-to-be wife and child. In recapturing the mindset of a great champion, he off-loaded self-doubt having lost five of his six previous major finals.

Today, Djokovic begins his third stint and 102nd week at the top of men’s professional tennis. He first ascended to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 4 July 2011, following his first Wimbledon triumph, and held the top spot for 53 weeks. He reclaimed the No. 1 ranking from Federer on 5 November 2012, before relinquishing it to Nadal on 7 October 2013. 

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