Djokovic Is Now Reigning ATP No. 2
Finally, after years of watching and dreaming for that elusive No. 2 spot in World Ranking, Novak Djokovic has toppled Roger Federer.
In the latest ATP rankings announced on 21 March 2011, the Serb Novak Djokovic has overtaken his Swiss rival for that coveted second spot. Now, Novak Djokovic is eyeing the No. 1 spot held by Nadal.
On 20 March 2011, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells title match to continue his winning streak of the season, an amazing 18-straight victory–no defeats, three tournament titles including the Dubai and Australian Open.
Federer could not seem to win over the Serb tennis star after losing for the third time yet again this year during last Saturday’s semi-finals at Indian Wells.
This is also the fourth time that Novak Djokovic overtaken Federer in the second sweet spot. He was at the same spot for three times last year. This is also the third time that Federer went down to No. 3 spot in his career since winning the No. 1 spot in 2004.
However close the rivalry of Federer and Novak Djokovic is, the biggest success story so far has been the World No. 4 Juan Martin Del Potro, who accelerated to his present spot when he reached the Indian Wells semi-finals. He jumped 39 spots further, after being in the 51 spot before the start of the tournament. It is known that the Argentine star fell to 485th spot after a wrist injury he sustained in 2010.
The Australian sport figure in men’s singles Lleyton Hewitt is currently at 64 in ATP rankings.
The Indian Wells tournament, also known as Indian Wells Masters, is regarded as the best attended tennis circuit after the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, with an expected audience of over 300,000 annually. The tournament is held every March of each year. It is one of the most important tournaments for top male tennis players on the professional circuit. This event usually last beyond 8 days. Finals matches are held every Sunday.
Games on Indian Wells tournament are played on hard courts. Indian Wells is in the Palm Springs area in the Coachella Valley, about 125 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The facility includes 20 tennis courts and a 16,100 main stadium, which is the second largest stadium in the world for tennis matches.