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Djokovic back on top of the world

Paris — Novak Djokovic officially returned to world No 1 on Monday for the first time for two years, replacing Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The Serb lost in the final of the Paris Masters to Karen Khachanov on Sunday, but regained No 1 spot for the first time since October 31, 2016.

Djokovic’s elevation comes just five months after he slumped to 22nd in the world – his lowest ranking for 12 years – when he was knocked out of the French Open in the quarter-finals.

Khachanov’s reward for his surprise victory was a seven-place rise to 11th position.

Top 20 in the latest ATP Tour rankings

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8 045

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7 480

3. Roger Federer (SUI) 6 020

4. Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG) 5 300

5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5 085

6. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4 310

7. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4 050

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3 895

9. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3 390

10. John Isner (USA) 3 155

11. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2 835

12. Borna Coric (CRO) 2 480

13. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2 315

14. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 2 150

15. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 2 095

16. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 1 977

17. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 1 880

18. Milos Raonic (CAN) 1 855

19. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1 835

20. Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 1 819. — AFP.