Written by Staff Writer
Novak Djokovic continued his resurgent 2017 campaign at the US Open with a 10th Grand Slam win Sunday night to replace Roger Federer as world No. 1 for the seventh time.
The Serb’s quarterfinal victory over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga means he is back on top of the ATP rankings, ahead of the Swiss veteran, for the first time since winning Wimbledon in July 2015.
The 29-year-old’s win over Tsonga was his 18th in a row and cut his 2017 losses to just one, the Australian Open in January.
Djokovic, 30, was forced to postpone his quest for a seventh French Open title in June, when a recurrence of his right elbow injury forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon.
There were doubts whether he would return this season but the six-time US Open champion has put up dominant performances to his liking in New York and Sunday night’s win is his eighth at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic beat American John Isner in the quarterfinals.
Venus quits with injury
In women’s action on Sunday, 19-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams pulled out with a foot injury while losing in the third round.
She appeared unwell after losing 6-4 6-1 to 35th-ranked Daria Kasatkina.
Williams was appearing in just her second Grand Slam tournament since undergoing treatment for an auto-immune disease, which led to a nine-month absence from competition in 2015.
Williams, 36, earned a wild card entry into this year’s tournament to make amends for the disappointment of failing to earn a coveted place in the Australian Open field earlier this year.