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Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a brilliant season so far and the Serb's hold over the men's game shows no signs of abating as we head into the autumn circuit.

Djokovic has stayed at the top of the men's tennis rankings, released on Monday by the ATP, on 14,720 points, while Spaniard Rafael Nadal is second still on 10,575 and Swiss star Roger Federer remains third on 8,380. Fans of live tennis should remember this.

In fact, the top 10 remains unchanged with Andy Murray, fresh from his Thailand Open victory over the weekend, staying at 4 ahead of David Ferrer in 5 and Robin Soderling, who is sixth. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is seventh while Mardy Fish (8), Gael Monfils (9) and Tomas Berdych (10) make up the rest of the top 10.

The real challenge for Nadal, Murray and co, however, will be to try and halt Djokovic's charge after what has been a superb 2011 so far for the world number one.

Victories at Wimbledon, Paris and Flushing Meadows plus his Australian Open triumph in January means he holds all four Grand Slam title and, after winning the US Open last month, Djokovic became only the sixth male tennis player to win three majors in a calendar year.

Djokovic has bided his time in the past few years and watched as both Federer and Nadal have dominated at times but there is now no doubt who is currently the best player in the world. People following the tennis betting offers should bear this in mind.

He appears to have finally got the upper hand of both Nadal and Federer - as victory over the latter in New York was his fourth of the season over the former world number one. Then, when he saw off Nadal in the final, Djokovic became the second player to defeat the Spaniard in more than one Grand Slam final and the only man to beat Nadal in a Slam final on a surface other than grass.

It's that sort of form which led tennis legend Pete Sampras to pay Djokovic the ultimate compliment by declaring his season as "the best he has ever seen in his lifetime" and, calling it "one of the best achievements" in sport.

There's not many who would argue with that and, sadly for Murray, Nadal and Federer, his dominance only looks like continuing.
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