Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, and 6-4 in rain delayed US Open finals on Sunday night to win his second title in New York. By doing this Djokovic won his 10th Grand Slam title and also broke the record for most points ever in ATP rankings.
Djokovic is enjoying one of most successful seasons in his career which could be compared to his breakout 2011 campaign. He reached all four Grand Slam finals this year winning three and losing only in Rolland Garros to Stan Wawrinka.
Because of this Novak managed to break Federer’s nine year old record for most points in ATP World Tour rankings – in 2006 The Swiss accumulated 15.745 ATP points while the Serb reached record 16.145 ranking points at US Open. Furthermore, he could increase his lead at the top of the rankings and get his points total to 16.785 if he both win and defends the title in Beijing and win the crown at Shanghai Masters which was won by Roger Federer last year.
Roger Federer is way behind in second place of ATP rankings with 9.545 points and he is ahead of Andy Murray who has 8660 in third. Stan Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych jumped to fourth and fifth place after last year’s US Open finalist Kei Nishikori dropped two place to sixth after losing in the first round. Last year’s US Open winner Marin Cilic dropped out of Top 10 to 14th from the ninth place after losing in semifinals this year. Ivo Karlovic and Feliciano Lopez made biggest jumps in the Top 20 this week – both climbed three places, Lopez is now 16th while Karlovic sits at 18th place.
In WTA rankings both surprising US Open finalists, Italians Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci made huge jumps as the winner Pennetta climbed 18 place to enter Top 10 at eighth place while Vinci returned to Top 20 after soaring 24 places. However, Pennetta won’t have chance to improve her position as he announced her retiring from professional tennis at the age of 33.
The very top of the WTA rankings remained unchanged as Serena Williams, who missed out on wining calendar Grand Slam after losing to Vinci in the US Open semifinals, still has a huge lead with 11501 points. Simona Halep is second with 6780 while Maria Sharapova holds the third spot with 5795 points, 500 more than Petra Kvitova in fourth place.
Season now shifts towards indoor tournaments and tournaments held in Asia with Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai coming in October.