Novak Djokovic was practically number one in the world throughout 2020 (from February 3). For the sixth time in his career he made sure to finish the season on top and, at 33, became the oldest to do so.
The Serbian, who finished No. 1 in the world for the sixth time in the last ten years (also in 2011-12, 2014-15 and 2018), equals the record of his childhood idol, the American Pete Sampras, who did it six years in a row between 1993 and 1998.
It’s the sixteenth time in the last 17 years (except 2016, Andy Murray) that the place of privilege remains in the hands of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (2008, 2010, 2013, 2019) or Roger Federer (2004-07, 2009). Andy Roddick was at the end of 2003.
In this 2020 complex, with stop and pandemic, Djokovic had a balance of matches of 39-3. Won their first 26 games of the season and raised four trophies: Australian Open (vs. Dominic Thiem); Dubai (vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas); Cincinnati (vs. Milos Raonic) and the Rome Masters 1000 (vs. Diego Schwartzman).
Whatever happens at the ATP Finals in London on November 15-22, Nole will officially receive the trophy as number 1 at the end of the season. And that nobody can get it out.
The list of the last 20 world ranking leaders at the end of the season: