World number one Novak Djokovic has become the second player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, following his victory in the Wimbledon final last Sunday.
It has been a time of multiple rewards for the Serbian, who won his second title at SW19 when beating seven-time champion Roger Federer in five sets, and he has also returned to the top of the world rankings as a result.
The 27-year-old has joined Spaniard Rafael Nadal in booking his place for the last tournament of the year at the 02 Arena, who he leapfrogged back into top spot in the world rankings after the French Open champion was beaten at the All England Club by wildcard Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round.
This week will be the 102nd that the seven-time Grand Slam winner will spend as the world number one, and he has qualified for the World Tour finals for the eighth consecutive year, while he sits eighth on the all-time list of number of weeks as number one.
Djokovic, who had lost five of his previous six Grand Slam finals before beating Federer, spoke of his pride in making it back to the top of the rankings for the first time since October 2013.
He said: "It feels great not only to win Wimbledon again but also to return to number one in the ATP Rankings.
“I got to number one for the first time in my career after winning Wimbledon in 2011 so it is nice to do it again here.
“I can’t wait to return to London to defend the ATP Finals title. I have had a good run there in the past two years. I really enjoy playing at The O2."
The event takes place in November, and is competed for by the top eight ranked men’s singles players in the world, and Djokovic can now no longer finish outside the top eight, as he sits just under 10,000 points ahead of Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in ninth.
Djokovic has won the tournament on three previous occasions, and will go into this year’s event aiming to win it for the third consecutive year, after defeating Federer and Nadal in two sets in the 2012 and 2013 finals respectively.
The four-time Australian Open winner also won the event in 2008, when it was held in Shanghai and called the Masters Cup, when he beat Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the final.
Nadal earned his place in the tournament by winning the French Open for the ninth time in June, as even if he were to finish outside the top eight but instead in the top 20, then he would take the place of the player ranked in eighth.
It is likely that those two will be joined by Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, as the Swiss won his first Grand Slam title in January, and while being ranked fifth he is over 4000 points ahead of France’s Gael Monfils in 21st.
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