Djokovic on top of the world

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 7 2014, 15:15 BST

Novak Djokovic returned to the world number one spot on Monday as Andy Murray slipped to his lowest ranking in six years.

Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon champion and world number one again
Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon champion and world number one again

Djokovic's thrilling five-set victory over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final was enough for him to usurp Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP ranking list and also booked his place in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Djokovic said, “It feels great not only to win Wimbledon again but also to return to number one in the ATP rankings. I got to number one for the first time in my career after winning Wimbledon in 2011 so it is nice to do it again here.

"I can’t wait to return to London to defend the ATP Finals title. I have had a good run there in the last two years. I really enjoy playing at The O2.”

This will be Djokovic's 102nd week as world number one in total. He has now spent longer in the top spot than Andre Agassi did in his career and only seven players have held the number one ranking for longer.

Nadal, beaten in the last 16 at Wimbledon by Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, slips to second with Federer up to third. His climb means he is the Swiss number one again with his compatriot and Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka down to fourth.

Murray tumbles from fifth to 10th after his Wimbledon title defence ended in the quarter-finals at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov - one of the players who climbs above him. The last time Murray's ranking was in double figures was immediately prior to Wimbledon in 2008.

The good news for Murray - and his hopes of reaching the World Tour Finals which feature the year's best eight players - is that he has fewer points than many to defend over the closing months of the season.

Dimitrov is now ranked ninth with his fellow semi-finalist in SW19, Milos Raonic, up to a career-high of sixth.

Tomas Berdych (5), David Ferrer (7), Juan Martin Del Potro (8) are also above Murray.

In the WTA rankings, new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is up to fourth (from sixth) with beaten finalist Genie Bouchard hitting a career-high of seventh.

Despite her defeat in the third round, Serena Williams maintains her grip on the number one ranking that she has held since February 2013.

Li Na is second with Simona Halep third. Maria Sharapova is now sixth with Victoria Azarenka 10th.

Briton Heather Watson continues her rise - up to 56th - while Johanna Konta is up to a new career-high (91st), as is Naomi Borady (148th) after her impressive win at Wimbledon against Timea Babos.

Laura Robson's continued absence from the tour due to a wrist injury means she is now down to 160th in the world, dropping out of the top 100 for the first time since 2012.