Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will officially end the 2012 season as world number one in the ATP Tour rankings. This means that he’s reached the pinacle of the world rankings for the second straight year. This was confirmed after Swiss star Roger Federer decided to skip the 2012 Paris Masters tournament, thereby dropping a thousand ranking points for not defending the tournament he’s won last year.
This is the first time that a player has ended the year as world number one in consecutive season since Federer has accomplished this feat from 2004 to 2007.
Djokovic started the first half of the year as world number one before he was overtaken by Federer in July 9 after the latter won his 17th Grand Slam singles title in Wimbledon. Federer went on to hold on to the top ranking until this week. Federer was on a three tournament title winning streak during this period last year (Basel, Paris and London) and by not defending the Basel title and skipping the Paris tournament, he won’t be able to end the year as number one even if he successfully defends the ATP World Tour Finals.
Djokovic will be officially declared as world number one of the 2012 season during a trophy presentation at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals which will take place next week at the O2 in London. He’s aiming to win the year-end tournament for the second time (won the title in 2008.