Novak Djokovic on course for Novak Djokovic, world No 1, after German win

• World No 2 beats Zverev 6-3, 6-3 to clinch German Open title • Djokovic now holds all four Grand Slam titles and will finish the year on top of the world rankings

Novak Djokovic extended his remarkable year by earning his seventh year-end world No 1 spot, becoming the oldest man to reach the pinnacle of the rankings and surpassing Pete Sampras who did so aged 37 in 2002.

Djokovic beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3 to secure his maiden title at the German Open and go 11-7 ahead of Rafael Nadal in the race for the year-end No 1 spot. The 29-year-old Serb, who had lost in the Wimbledon final to Andy Murray, will secure the year-end No 1 spot when the new rankings are announced on Monday.

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The most recent change to the men’s list came at the end of 2009 when Murray moved to No 2 from Rafael Nadal.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved over the last couple of months,” Djokovic told Eurosport after completing a career grand slam in June by winning the French Open.

“I’m honoured to achieve this goal of No 1. It hasn’t happened by chance. It has been the focus for the whole year and I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s very emotional for me.”

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