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Djokovic to end 2012 as world No. 1
Novak Djokovic will end the season as world No. 1 for a second successive year after Roger Federer confirmed he would not defend his Paris Masters title.
The 17-time grand slam champion withdrew from the ATP Masters 1000 event on Sunday, claiming he needed time to rest niggling injuries ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.
Djokovic lost the top spot to Federer in July after 12 months at the top of the rankings, but with the Swiss falling to Juan Martin Del Potro in Basel last week, combined with his decision to skip the Paris Masters, Djokovic will end the year top of the pile.
With Federer set to lose 1000 points for his non-attendance in Paris, he will be unable to earn enough points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.
The Serb will be the first player to achieve the feat in consecutive seasons since Federer achieved it four years running between 2004 and 2007.
The Australian Open champion will be officially crowned as the year-end world No. 1 during a trophy presentation at the O2 Arena next week.