Djokovic, who has won 48 of his 49 matches in 2011, took over the No. 1 position on the South African Airways ATP Rankings on July 4, replacing Rafael Nadal, who had held the top spot since June 7, 2010.Nadal had beenNo. 1 for the previous 56 weeks and 102 weeks overall. Djokovic, who was ranked No. 2 behind Nadal since March 21, is the first Serbian male to rank No. 1 in the history of South African Airways ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973). The last player to rank No. 1 before Nadal and Roger Federer was American Andy Roddick, the week of January 26, 2004.
The ceremony will precede the evening session which promises to be rich in emotion, as organizers are also planning the induction of the legendary Jimmy Connors into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame before second match, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.