Djokovic seals spot at ATP year-ender

Thu Jun 4, 2015 6:38am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic will bid for a record fourth successive ATP World Tour Finals crown in London later this year after becoming the first man to qualify for the season-ender.

Five-times Australian Open champion Djokovic reached the French Open semi-finals by crushing Rafa Nadal on Wednesday and has been virtually unbeatable this season and is currently on a 27-match unbeaten run.

Serbian 28-year-old Djokovic is looking to become the eighth man in history to complete a career grand slam by winning the French Open this week.

Djokovic won the elite ATP Tour Finals for the first time in Shanghai in 2008 and has a hat-trick of titles in London, last year gaining a walkover against injured Roger Federer.

"I had a great start to 2015 so I am really happy to have qualified so early. I hope I will have a great finish to the year too; I love playing at The O2," Djokovic said.

London's O2 Arena has hosted the event since 2009.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's quarter-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 3, 2015.       REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier