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Latest ATP Rankings 12 November 2018: Novak Djokovic awarded year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy in London

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 11 Nov 2018
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the World Number one trophy (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Guaranteed to finish 2018 as World No. 1, the resurgent Novak Djokovic was presented with the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy at the Nitto ATP Finals in London on Sunday.

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With Rafael Nadal pulling out of the Rolex Paris Masters and season-ending Nitto ATP Finals after undergoing minor ankle surgery, no other player is able to leapfrog Djokovic in the rankings for the remainder of 2018, with the Serbian securing the year-end top spot for the fifth time, joining Pete Sampras (six), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (both five) as the only men in history to have achieved that feat.

Djokovic is also the oldest player to finish as the year-end No. 1 in ATP rankings history at 31 years and six months.

"Next to the Grand Slams and the [Nitto] ATP Finals, being No. 1 is probably the ultimate challenge in our sport," said Djokovic. "It's the pinnacle of the entire season. I'm very proud of that achievement and it's extra special this year because of the whole process and the journey that I've been through in the past 15 months.”

Ranked No. 22 earlier this year after going 6-6 throughout the first quarter of the season, Djokovic is the only man in history to drop outside the top 20 and finish as the year-end No. 1 in the same season. The Serbian began his resurgence during the grass season, winning his fourth Wimbledon crown, before completing his ATP Masters 1000 set in Cincinnati and winning the U.S. Open and Shanghai.

If Djokovic wins the Nitto ATP Finals as an undefeated champion, he can hit a maximum rankings points total of 9,545, which would give him a 2,065-point lead over Nadal heading into the 2019 season.

Despite not playing since a U.S. Open semi-final retirement in September, Nadal can’t lose his No. 2 ranking until next year, with No. 3 Federer losing his opening ATP Finals round robin match to Nishikori and therefore not having the ability to win the title as an undefeated champion - the only way he would have been able to take the No. 2 ranking.

Federer himself is likely to remain No. 3 to finish 2018, unless he fails to make the semi-finals and No. 5 Alexander Zverev wins the title. The German needs to win two matches in London in order to overtake the injured Juan Martin del Potro at No. 4.

The remaining competitors in London - Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori and John Isner - are all jostling for positions between No. 4 and No. 10. Anderson and Cilic are the only players out of that group that can finish at No. 4.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday November 12


1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Roger Federer
4. Juan Martin del Potro
5. Alexander Zverev
6. Kevin Anderson
7. Marin Cilic
8. Dominic Thiem
9. Kei Nishikori
10. John Isner
11. Karen Khachanov
12. Borna Coric
13. Fabio Fognini
14. Kyle Edmund
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas
16. Daniil Medvedev
17. Diego Schwartzman
18. Milos Raonic
19. Grigor Dimitrov
20. Marco Cecchinato


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Latest ATP Rankings 12 November 2018: Novak Djokovic awarded year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy in London

Guaranteed to finish 2018 as World No. 1, the resurgent Novak Djokovic was presented with the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 trophy at the Nitto ATP Finals in London on Sunday.

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