Serbia’s Novak Djokovic continued his remarkable 2011 season by winning the Wimbledon 2011 Men’s Singles Championship, underlining his status as the new world number one male tennis player – the 25th to do so in tennis history.
By reaching the grasscourt Slam final, Djokovic already assured himself of the top ranking. However, winning the prestigious Grand Slam tournament was also one of his biggest goals thus he was on his element when he battled against Rafael Nadal and won in four sets.
The Serbian star also successfully ended the Federer-Nadal dominance in the rankings since 2004.
“This is an amazing achievement to get to the top spot, especially with rivals such as Rafa and Roger,” Djokovic said.
“They made me work so hard and made me improve every day. There are no words to express how good they are but I always thought that I could become No. 1 one day. Both the belief and the hard work took me there,” he added.
Djokovic has eight titles so far in 2011. His only loss came in the semifinals of the Roland Garros 2011 at the hands of Roger Federer. He was the first player to qualify at the year-end ATP World Tour Finals which takes place at London’s O2 Arena in November.
“Novak’s results over the past year have been remarkable. His 43-match winning streak is one of sport’s greatest stories of the year, not to mention his triumphs at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and six ATP World Tour events. His phenomenal success has come during an incredibly competitive era in men’s tennis and he is a truly deserving new ATP World Tour No.1,” ATP Executive Chairman & President Adam Helfant said.