Novak Djokovic replaces Roger Federer to become world No.2

first_imgRafael Nadal remained on top of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) men’s singles rankings while Novak Djokovic toppled Roger Federee to grab the second spot in the world rankings.Djokovic defeated Borna Coric on Sunday to win his fourth Shanghai Masters title but he had advanced to the second spot in the rankings even before winning. Djokovic only had to reach the final to gather enough points in order to replace Federer.While Federer, who was the defending champion, lost in the semi-finals, Djokovic trounched Alexander Zverev to reach the final.Having claimed the world No.2 spot, Djokovic is now only 215 points adrift of Nadal’s top spot.Federer was pushed down to the third spot while the rest of the top 10 in the ATP rankings remained unchanged. Juan Martin del Potro (No.4) and Zverev (No.5) completed the top 5.Meanwhile, Australia’s Matthew Ebden jumped 11 positions up to the 40th, after reaching the quarter-finals of Shanghai Masters.HALEP EARNS SECOND SUCCESSIVE YEAR-END TOP RANKING Simona Halep won her maiden Grand Slam this year, when she grabbed the French Open title. (Reuters Photo)French Open champion Simona Halep will finish the year as women’s world number one for the second season in a row, the WTA said on Monday.The 27-year-old Romanian beat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros to win her maiden Grand Slam title in June and will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.”Finishing the season as the world number one last year was a huge honour for me,” Halep said in a WTA news release.advertisement”To do it for a second time in 2018 feels like a special achievement, especially having also won my first Grand Slam this year.”It’s really tough to keep (the number one spot) because the pressure is every tournament… I feel like I’ve played a good level of tennis and I was consistent… consistent and strong, mentally and physically.”Halep with 7,421 points leads the rankings, followed by Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. Angelique Kerber of Germany remained in third place, ahead of Japan’s Naomi Osaka.The Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova climbed one spot to fifth, while Elina Svitolina of Ukraine fell to sixth.Further down the rankings, France’s Caroline Garcia jumped four positions up to the 12th after she won the Tianjin Open title over Pliskova on Sunday.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more