Novak Djokovic will knock Roger Federer off the top spot next week and finish the season as the world’s best male tennis player for a second straight year.
Serbia’s Djokovic, 25, had lost his top ranking to Federer in July after the Swiss won his 17th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon.
Federer’s loss in the final of last weekend’s Basel event to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and his withdrawal from this week’s BNP Paribas Masters in Paris mean he won’t have enough points to retain his ranking, the ATP World Tour said on its website.
Djokovic will reclaim the No. 1 ranking on Nov. 5, the opening day of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. He’s the first man to retain the top spot in consecutive seasons since Federer had four straight world No. 1 finishes from 2004-07.
Djokovic, a right-hander from Belgrade, didn’t have the stellar year he had in 2011, when he won 10 tournaments including three majors. He won five tournaments in 2012, including one major at the Australian Open.
He lost his first French Open final to Rafael Nadal of Spain and was defeated in the semifinals of Wimbledon by Federer, while Britain’s Andy Murray got the better of him in the final of the U.S. Open.