London: Novak Djokovic will finish the year as the No. 1-ranked player in the world. The ATP says the Serb clinched the year-end top spot after No. 2 Rafael Nadal lost in the third round at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.
Nadal`s loss to Florian Mayer ensured that Djokovic cannot be overtaken before the end of the year.
The 24-year-old Djokovic becomes the first player other than Roger Federer or Nadal to finish a year as No. 1 since Andy Roddick of the United States in 2003.
Djokovic has been No. 1 since winning Wimbledon in early July and has won 10 titles this year, including his second Australian Open and first US Open.