PARIS: Novak Djokovic has wrapped up the end-of-year number one ranking after winning the Paris Masters tournament. The Serb, who won three of the year’s four Grand Slam tournaments, finishes the year top for the seventh time, overtaking Pete Sampras who achieved the feat six times. Djokovic is more than 3,000 points ahead of US Open champion Daniil Medvedev after beating the Russian in the Paris final on Sunday. The other big winner in the ATP rankings released yesterday was Alexander Zverev, who has equaled his career-high ranking of third.
Meanwhile, US Open champion Emma Raducanu moved into the top 20 of the world rankings for the first time yesterday. The 18-year-old Briton, who is ranked 20th after reaching the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open in October, became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam when she triumphed in New York in September.
This week, Raducanu is top seed for the Linz Open in Austria and has a bye into Tuesday’s second round. Australian Ashleigh Barty remains number one after a week of the Billie Jean Cup, formerly known as the Fed Cup, but the competition’s results do not count toward the rankings system. – AFP