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Djokovic unseats Nadal as No. 1 with Wimbledon win


Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning the Wimbledon men’s singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland on Sunday at the All England Lawn & Tennis Club in London. Djokovic’s second Wimbledon trophy and seventh career major win put him past Spain’s Rafael Nadal and into the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings.

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Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal as No. 1 in the ATP rankings on Monday, while runner-up Roger Federer rose one spot to No. 3 in the world.

“It means a lot at this stage of my career,” said Djokovic, who was last in the top spot nine months ago.

This is the Serb’s 102nd week atop the men’s rankings overall, the eighth-longest stint in history.

In all, there were eight changes in the top 10 a day after Djokovic beat Switzerland’s Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 for his second win at the All England Lawn Tennis Club and seventh Grand Slam title.

The 27-year-old first reached No. 1 after claiming the 2011 Wimbledon trophy and is the first man to qualify for this year’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, earning a berth for the eighth straight year.

Djokovic has won that event three times, including in 2012 and last year.

Andy Murray dropped five ranking spots to No. 10 on Monday by losing in the quarter-finals a year after becoming the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon.

Federer, who was bidding for a record eighth title at the grass-court tournament, swapped places with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, who slid to No. 4.

The two losing Wimbledon semifinalists moved to new career highs after getting to the final four at a major tournament for the first time: Milos Raonic of Canada is No. 6, and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is No. 9.

Raonic had been No. 9 before Wimbledon, with Dimitrov at No. 13.

The biggest jump in the top 100 was made by Nick Kyrgios, the 19-year-old Australian who overcame Spain’s Nadal in a shock fourth-round upset last week. Kyrgios went from 144th to a career-best 66th for a 78-place rise.

In the WTA rankings, Petra Kvitova’s second Wimbledon title allowed her to improve two places to No. 4. The woman she beat 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s final, 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, reached the top 10 for the first time at No. 7.

Bouchard, up from No. 13, is the highest-ranked Canadian in WTA history. She is also the first player from her country to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

The top three places did not change, with the US’ Serena Williams remaining No. 1, China’s Li Na ranked No. 2, and Simona Halep of Romania in third place.

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