Novak Djokovic described his return to the world number one ranking as” he recorded yet another personal landmark in reaching the Paris Masters quarter-finals.
Djokovic will replace Rafael Nadal as the world’s top player absence.
The 31-year-old’s elevation is remarkable as it comes just five months after he slumped to 22 in the world his lowest ranking for 12 years – when he was knoked out of the ranch Open in the quarter-finals.
Since then, however, he has won Wimbledon and the US Open, taking his Grand Slam tally to 14, winning 20 consecutive tour-level matches for the sixth time, and 29 of his past 30 encounters.
“Reflecting on what I’ve been through in the last year, it’s quite a phenomenal achievement,” said Djokovic after making the quarter-finals in Paris when Bosnian opponent Damir Dzumhur retired trailing 6-1, 2-1.
I’m very, very happy and proud about it. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.
“I’ ll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish as No. 1.”Victory on Thursday meant that Djokovic has also extended his sequence of consecutive winning sets to 30, passing his previous best mark of 29 from 2015.
The four-time Paris champion, who next faces Marin Cilic in the last eight on Friday, was guaranteed a return to the ranking summit when Nadal withdrew from Paris with an abdominal injury on Wednesday.
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