Friday, July 1, 2011

Wimbledon: New World No. 1

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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has done it!

Today, he defeated No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the semifinals at Wimbledon to reach his first-ever final at the All England Club. Djokovic will face the winner of, No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 4 Andy Murray, who play in the other semifinal match.

By reaching the final, Djokovic, mathematically takes over the World No. 1 ranking regardless of whether or not he wins the final. Come Monday, Djokovic will be the first No. 1 ranked player NOT named Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer since Feb. 1, 2004. The last player to hold the No. 1 ranking (besides Nadal or Federer) was Andy Roddick, who held it from Nov. 3, 2003 to Feb. 1, 2004. On Feb. 2, 2004, Federer took over the No. 1 ranking and held it for a mind-boggling 237 consecutive weeks, until Nadal took over on August 18, 2008.

Djokovic now has 12485 ranking points (12005+1200-720). The best Nadal could do is keep his total of 12070 (12070+2000-2000) IF he wins the title.

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Here's how the No. 1 ranking has looked in the last 7+ years--

Andy Roddick: Nov. 3, 2003 to Feb. 1, 2004 (13 weeks)
Roger Federer: Feb. 2 2004 to Aug. 17, 2008 (237 weeks) {ATP record}
Rafael Nadal: Aug. 18, 2008 to July 5, 2009 (46 weeks)
Roger Federer: July 6, 2009 to June 6, 2010 (48 weeks)
Rafael Nadal: June 7, 2010 to July 3, 2011 (56 weeks)
Novak Djokovic: July 4, 2011 to present (1 week and counting)

For Djokovic, one major goal was accomplished. HOWEVER, winning the title, which would be his third Grand Slam title, is still the TOP priority.

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Only Nadal or Murray stand in his way.

CONGRATS Novak!

5 comments:

  1. Its about time someone took over the Federer/Nadal kingdom

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  2. I started to get more involved with this because of your posts. Think he will win?

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  3. Indeed Collin. It's great to see parity in sports.

    @Mike I think he has a great chance to win. He's already beaten Nadal 4 times this year but let's see how he handles the pressure of being the new No. 1 and also being in his first Wimbledon final. And thanks, I'm glad you're more involved. It's a great sport to follow.

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  4. This is a stupid system - Nadal comes from French Open with 12070 points versus Djokovic's 12005 and he gets to keep that 12070 if he wins Wimbleton while Djokovic gets 12485 even if he loses? This is the biggest joke system in the world!!

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  5. I see where you're coming from Jeremy. It's a very complicated computer system which took me a while to understand. And I agree, it is kind of unfair. But Djokovic was able to inch closer to Nadal by virtue of his 7 titles so far in 2011. Also it didn't help Nadal that Djokovic has beaten him in 4 finals so far this year.

    The way the system works is, you are forced to defend all the points you accumulated in the prior year. Rafa, by having such a super 2010, has a truckload of points to defend. In other words, he has to play at the same level this year that he did last year. Right now he's a little bit behind his last year's performance so he's lost some points. But Djokovic just accumulated too many points by winning those 7 titles this early in the year. Next year Djokovic is going to be in the same boat. If he doesn't equal this year's performance next year, his ranking points are going to go down, for sure.

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