How is getting enough points for nr. 2 inability to get there on his own? It's not like he got his points out of people retiring and handing walkovers. He played huge at the end of last year, the fact that he will get the ranking because people have not defended their own points doesn't diminish the achievement IMO.
I get your point but you're a bit harsh I think
Not intentionally harsh - I just think that, he had a number of matches where, if he'd won it, he would have got to #2 on that one result, in his own hands, rather than other players' decisions propelling him there, and he always lost those matches.
I hope, as I say, that getting there frees him from some pressure, cos I do suspect he has felt the pressure on that subject.