Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova have been named the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2011.

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Serbian star Djokovic was the overwhelming winner of the men's category, being rewarded for winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open and ending the year as world No. 1.

The women's award was a closely-fought affair, with Kvitova fending off the challenge of Caroline Wozniacki thanks to winning Wimbledon and helping Czech Republic land the Fed Cup.

Djokovic said: "I am proud to have been named the ITF world champion for 2011. Starting with victory in last year's Davis Cup final, this has been an almost perfect 12 months for me. I have always dreamed about becoming the best in the world, and to have won three grand slam titles and finished the year as No. 1 is very special."

Kvitova, whose win at the season-ending WTA Championships saw her finish the year as world No. 2, said: "I will cherish this award, which is the cherry on top of a wonderful year. It was a dream year and something I will never forget."

ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "Both Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova have managed to combine strong performances for their country with outstanding individual records.

"Novak's achievements this year are remarkable in such a strong era for men's tennis, while Petra has made a major breakthrough on the women's tour."

The men's doubles award went to Bob and Mike Bryan for the eighth time, while Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik took the women's prize for the first time.

The junior world champions were named as Australian Open winner Jiri Vesely and Irina Khromacheva, while the wheelchair awards went to the Dutch duo of Maikel Scheffers and Esther Vergeer, the latter claiming the award for a 12th straight year.

The champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on June 5 next year.