Novak Djokovic claims the No. 1 spot

Originally Published: July 4, 2011
ESPN

In one weekend, Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's reigns as world No. 1 and Wimbledon title holder. Either Federer or Nadal had held the No. 1 spot since February 2004, and the last man to win Wimbledon other than the duo was Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

It's been an amazing year for Djokovic. He won the Australian Open, and with his victory at the All England Club, he became only the fifth man to win those two titles in the same year during the Open Era, alongside Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Federer. So far this year, Djokovic has lost only once as he racked up an incredible 48-1 record and an ATP-leading eight titles. With two Grand Slam titles on faster surfaces this year, Djokovic seems likely to provide some exciting moments during the upcoming hard-court season.

Fellow Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova rounds out the top two in this week's list, followed by some top performers from the Women's World Cup and Major League Baseball. Did the panel get it right this week? Sound off in the comments section below!

Our all-star panel: John Buccigross, Robert Flores, DJ Gallo, Dana Jacobson, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Will Selva, Jeff MacGregor and Trey Wingo.

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