Nadal’s defeat against Florian Mayer of Germany at the Shanghai Masters has secured the Serbian the top spot at the end of the year.
He will be the 16th different player since 1973 to finish as world no.1. 1973 was the initial year of the rankings.
This will be the first year since 2004 that someone else than Federer (2004-07, 2009) or Nadal (2008, 2010) has finished the season as world no.1.
Djokovic had a very impressive season, with a 64-3 match record up to date. Many experts talk about it as one of the best season’s ever played by any tennis player, if not the best ever. One could say that he two out of the three losses occured when he was injured. The first one against Britain’s Murray in the Cincinnatti final, where Djokovic struggled with a slight shoulder injury. The second defeat, when he had to retire, happened in the Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina. Del Potro was a set and 3-0 up when Djokovic pulled out due to a back injury. The third man to beat the Serbian (but in fact he was the first) was the 16 time Grand Slam champion Federer in the Roland Garros semifinal.
Djokovic will be officially crowned at a special trophy presentation at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London that starts on November 20th.