Bern: Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic's rise to become the top-ranked player in the world is good for tennis, according to the only player who has beaten him this year.
Roger Federer said Tuesday that Djokovic - whose record is 48-1 in 2011 - has earned his success.
"He deserves to become No. 1 after an immense start to the year," said third-ranked Federer, who defeated the 24-year-old Serb in the French Open semifinals. "When you lose so rarely, your confidence carries you a long way."