Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Djokovic returns to No. 1 in rankings after 2-year absence

Djokovic returns to No. 1 in rankings after 2-year absence

But Djokovic has gone 43-5 since, including Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open after reuniting with Marian Vajda, the longtime coach with whom he had split.

Khachanov was delighted after recording the biggest win of his career thus far especially since it came against the in-form Djokovic, who was unbeaten since the start of the Cincinnati Masters in August.

Spaniard Nadal's withdrawal in Paris meant Djokovic returned to the top of the world rankings. "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

But once again, the limelight and the sport's biggest prizes were taken by the holy triad - The Big 3 of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

It is a common occurrence at this time of year for Nadal to be suffering physically.

Nadal withdrew from the following week's Cincinnati Masters and was then forced to bring a premature end to his US Open semi-final with Juan Martin del Potro due to a knee injury.

Djokovic's ability to thrive amongst the greats has never been in doubt, but the size of his heart often led to questions in his early days. He had pulled out of the Paris Masters on Wednesday citing an abdominal injury, and now it turns out that he also required a small operation on his ankle.

A hip injury proved increasingly problematic during his quarter-final against Marin Cilic and the top seed cut a frustrated figure as he retired trailing 2-0 in the fifth and final set.

The beaten finalist at Melbourne Park in 2017, Nadal saw his Australian Open campaign end in painful fashion this January.

Djokovic captured the first of his majors in Melbourne in 2008, but it was three years before he added his second.

He was dumped out of the French Open as the 20th seed at the quarterfinal stage before embarking on a fine run.

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