Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer as record seven-time world number one winner

Novak Djokovic saw off Juan Martin del Potro to win the French Open

World number one Novak Djokovic has joined Roger Federer in winning a record seven year-end world rankings titles.

Serbia’s Djokovic, 28, defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1 6-2 to win the French Open for the third time on Sunday.

He also collected the title at Roland Garros in 2011 and 2015 – reaching a career-high number one spot in February 2015 and again in November 2016.

Swiss Roger Federer claimed a record 20th Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January.

Federer now looks to win his third French Open title later this month to take his haul of majors to 19.

At the US Open in August, Federer will be bidding to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era.

Djokovic, who has won six Grand Slam titles in his career, has spent 12 months at the top in the world rankings since February 2016.

The Serb’s resurgence has been put down to a new fitness programme and a greater discipline and focus off the court.

Djokovic was appointed ambassador for the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) last year, but did not appear at a ceremony in honour of Wada’s founders in November, which later caused embarrassment for the sporting body.

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