While he may have came in second place at the Paris Masters last week after falling to Karen Khachanov in the final, 2018 US Open champion Novak Djokovic still finds himself on top – of the ATP Rankings, that is.
It’s been two years since the Serb was last at the pinnacle of tennis, but his latest run to the Paris final, with other major wins this year, has propelled Djokovic back to world No 1.
Here’s more on the top men’s player in the world.
The Novak Djokovic File
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Current Rank: 1
Career-High Rank: 1 (First reached in 2011)
Best US Open Finish: Winner (2011, 2015, 2018)
- 2018 has been a remarkable journey for Djokovic. At the beginning of the year, he saw a fourth-round dismissal at the Australian Open and soon after had surgery on his right elbow. In May, he fell to No. 22 in the world, his lowest ranking since 2006, when he was 19 years old.
- Djokovic made a quick recovery and got back to work. In April, he reunited with his former long-time coach Marian Vajda. At the time, Djokovic’s record was 6-6 for the year. Since the two started working together again, Djokovic has a compiled a 43-5 match record.
- Djokovic took his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon – his first major since winning the French Open in 2016 – defeating 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the final, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6. From there, Djokovic kept up his winning momentum, defeating Roger Federer in August in Cincinnati, winning his third US Open title against Juan Martin del Potro in September and capturing his fourth Shanghai Masters title in October.
- With Djokovic’s most recent ascension to No. 1, he sits at No. 5 on the leaderboard for total weeks at No. 1, with an impressive 224 weeks.
They Said it!
“Reflecting on what I've been through in the last year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement, and, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it. Five months ago, if you told me that I would be... I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable at that time, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court. I'll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish as No. 1.” – Djokovic said after ascending to No. 1 in the world on Monday.