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Novak Djokovic has played 15 editions of the ATP Finals. Only in his debut, in 2007, did the six-time champion fail to achieve at least one victory in the round of 16. Novak fell to David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal to end his campaign earlier than expected.

Djokovic bounced back in 2008, capturing his first ATP Finals crown against Nikolay Davydenko. The Serb has won at least one match in the previous 14 ATP Finals campaigns, coming close to Roger Federer’s record. Federer notched a win in 17 ATP Finals, and Novak needs at least three more years to catch up.

Djokovic kicked off his 15th ATP Finals streak with a win over Stefanos Tsitsipas a couple of weeks ago. Novak defeated Stefanos 6-4, 7-6 in one hour and 37 minutes to add his 42nd victory in an ATP Finals. Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas for the 10th time in 12 matches and the ninth in a row.

The Serb defended the only break point and stole his opponent’s serve once early on. Stefanos served well afterwards, but it wasn’t enough to keep him safe and force a decider. The Greek stayed in contact in the shortest set up to four shots.

Djokovic broke through in the longer rallies to seal the straight-sets victory and get off to a perfect start. Novak only gave up four points after the opening blow in the opening set, facing no break points and keeping the pressure on the other side.

He had the advantage in the longer exchanges and got a lone break to make it 6-4. Tsitsipas got off to a shaky start and lost serve in the first game of the match. Novak took the second chance to break after a loose forehand from his opponent to take an early lead.

Novak Djokovic is preparing for the AO

Novak Djokovic has been recognized as the “best ambassador of Serbia in the world” by the association 321 Serbia. But having been unable to attend the ceremony, his father, Srdjan, collected the prize for him and delivered an extremely strong speech on Nole’s childhood in the former Yugoslavia.

“Novak worked during the bombings and the sanctions, the destruction of Serbia and the Serbian people. He rose from the ashes that were sprinkled on us. Novak showed that nothing is impossible when you really want it. In the worst moments, he trained under the bombs, but he did not give up.

With his work and his efforts, he showed that he came from a fantastic nation, the Serbian nation. Be proud to be Serbs and that Novak is part of the Serbian people”, proclaimed the father of the man with 21 Grand Slam titles.

World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz admits he is “so excited” to be playing against Rafael Nadal in a Las Vegas exhibition. On March 5th, Alcaraz will be taking on his idol Nadal in an exhibition match. In early March, the Las Vegas community will have a chance to watch an all-time great against a player who has been widely tipped to become the next all-time great.

“Are you ready? I’ll be playing Rafael Nadal at THE SLAM in Las Vegas! I’m so excited to be a part of this special one-night match hosted by MGM Regards. March 5th.at MGM Regards. See you there,” Alcaraz announced on Twitter.

Alcaraz has a great level of respect, appreciation for Nadal

After winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, 19-year-old Alcaraz became the youngest No 1 in tennis history.

Then, Alcaraz became the youngest Year-End No 1 in tennis history. Nadal, who competed at the ATP Finals, had a chance to overtake Alcaraz at the top spot and finish the season as the Year-End No 1. After Nadal failed to make it past the group stage in Turin, Alcaraz officially became the Year-End No 1.

When asked about finishing ahead of Nadal, Alcaraz insisted he would have been happy even if the 36-year-old finished ranked ahead of him. “It’s incredible that for so many years it was Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray, and then a 19-year-old ‘Chico’ comes along and succeeds in this.

It means so much to me. Being a part of tennis history alongside these legends is just an incredible feeling. All my life, I have gone with Rafa and here also, I wanted him to win. Even if he had taken the number 1 from me, I would have been happy,” Alcaraz said of finishing ahead of Nadal.

Earlier this year, Nadal was getting constantly asked about Alcaraz. Nadal then told the media the best thing they could do for Alcaraz is to stop all the comparisons.

Emma Raducanu has had a very particular career so far. The athlete became popular thanks to the victory of the Us Open 2021, a success that came in a sensational way with Emma, who, before that tournament, she had never won a match on the Tour.

An incredible surprise with all the insiders shocked and Raducanu has gradually gained power in the women tennis and has become increasingly famous. After the success, however, things didn’t go as hoped and this year Raducanu won very few matches, struggling between physical problems and an acclimatization in the Tour that is struggling to take off.

What can Emma get from 2023? Tennis is inside her, otherwise you won’t win a Grand Slam at 18. Furthermore, the criticisms that have rained down on her could have the effect of motivating her to regain her game, performance and mental strength.

Especially this last characteristic that you will have to rediscover in order to realize a career that can potentially be very important. Emma Raducanu released a curious interview to National Geographic microphones and discussed some particular curiosities.

Emma Raducanu reveals what she eats after the game

The very young tennis player released the following statements: “After a tournament my biggest weakness is chocolate. I eat pretty healthy in general, but when it comes to chocolate I need to control myself.

Another thing I’m eating often is steak. Initially I didn’t like it very much and I even went two years without eating it, then I realized that it’s good for you and therefore I eat it often because it can help you.”

The tennis player then revealed some of her food habits. Emma was raised in Great Britain even though she was born in Toronto, then her father is from Bucharest while her mother is from Shenyang, a mixture of different cultures.

Growing up, Emma learned to love the traditional dishes of her country and revealed: “My Romanian grandmother used to come to England and she would prepare delicious dishes for me. She would prepare sarmale for me, a very tasty Romanian dish.

She also prepared ciorba, a kind of soup. She always did this and I have really fond memories of spending hours in the kitchen with her.” Emma is getting ready and will participate in the Mubadala World Championship Tennis exhibition tournament.

Rafael Nadal built the advantage on short and medium exchanges. He kept his cool after a slow start and shifted into a higher gear to extend his remarkable streak. Both players held to 15 in the first few games of the match to put their names on the scoreboard.

Evans broke in the third game after a forehand error by Nadal and took the next game on an unreturned serve for a 3-1 lead. The Brit took the sixth game after another loose forehand from his opponent, and the Spaniard stayed in contention with his serve a few minutes later.

Rafa broke again in the eighth game and held 15 in the next with a service winner to take the lead. Daniel clinched the tenth game with a forehand winner and created break point at 5-5 for a great chance. Nadal saved it with a game-winning volley into the net and closed the game with a game-winning smash for 6-5.

Evans made a forehand error in the twelfth game to offer set points to his opponent. Nadal took advantage of the second after a double fault from Evans to make it 7-5 in 56 minutes. Rafa kept the tie at the beginning of the second set with an unreturned serve and broke Daniel in the second game after a terrible smash from the British.

Nadal forced his opponent’s error in the third game to open a 3-0 gap and faced break point at 3-1 after a forehand error. Rafa denied it with a volley winner and held on after Daniel’s wild forehand to stay in front.

The Spaniard closed out game seven at love point to carve out a 5-2 lead and move closer to the finish line. Evans extended the duel with a love point in the eighth game, and Nadal served for the 5-3 victory. Rafa claimed the opening point with a game-winning volley into the net and painted a backhand bullet down the line for three match points.

The Spaniard took advantage of the first with a forehand winner to seal the deal and advance to the round of 16.

Rafa Nadal made history
On Friday, Rafael Nadal bid an emotional farewell to Mexico City – the place where he won his first ATP 500 title way back in February 2005.

“It will most likely be the last time I play in Mexico, Acapulco 2023 is not on my calendar and the 2024 season seems far away. Now is the time to enjoy this moment to the fullest and play in an emblematic setting, with many people and in a country where I have always felt loved,” the Spaniard said.

“It is an unforgettable feeling to live in such an environament in Mexico, I can only say thank you for the unconditional support, it is a country that has treated me like another Mexican. It’s hard for me to say goodbye to you,” he added.

“For me the main thing right now is to be able to get to the important tournaments in full physical condition. I continue to enjoy day-by-day and I continue to have goals that excite me at a professional level. I’m going to try to achieve them until my body or mind says enough. At the moment, that hasn’t happened so I want to continue,” he said.

“Regardless of who is across the net, regardless of what the surface is, regardless of what season it is, what number of the professional season in my career we’re facing, I mean, it’s always the same. The ambitions are as high as possible,” says Novak Djokovic after winning winning his record-equalling sixth title at the ATP Finals.

“In my mind, I always see myself as the best player in the world, of course,” said supremely confident Novak Djokovic after winning his record-equalling sixth title at the ATP Finals. You have to love the “of course.”

That uber confidence has rarely ebbed during Djokovic’s long and storied career. Only after he’d lost five of six major finals in 2012-14 did he admit he had struggled to have his convictions overcome his doubts.

At age 35, those convictions seem stronger than ever now as he strives to earn GOAT recognition. “I have that kind of mentality and that kind of approach,” Djokovic said. “Regardless of who is across the net, regardless of what the surface is, regardless of what season it is, what number of the professional season in my career we’re facing, I mean, it’s always the same. The ambitions are as high as possible.”

Djokovic’s great ambitions got sidetracked this season, though — but not because of his opponents. His refusal to get a COVID vaccination prevented him from playing the Australian and U.S. Opens and four Masters 1000 tournaments. But when the defiant Serb did play, he often prevailed with five titles in 12 events. At the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin, Italy, No. 5-ranked Djokovic whipped five of the Elite Eight, prompting former No. 1 Andy Roddick to say, “I don’t care what he’s ranked. He’s the best player in the world.”

Let’s take a close look at his tour de force in Turin and see how Djokovic reasserted his supremacy and how the other contenders fared.

The Djokovic game — The Great Ones always strive to improve because they are perfectionists. “He’s practising even harder than when he was 22,” said Goran Ivanisevic, his coach and former world No. 2. “That’s why he’s still so good, and that’s why he’s still going to be even better.”

But how can Djokovic improve if his technique is already virtually perfect? The short answer is to hit harder, stay consistent, and play smarter.

That’s exactly what Djokovic did in his competitive yet decisive 7-5, 6-3 victory over World No. 3 Casper Ruud in the final. The Serb boasts the best serve return and backhand in tennis history, and these two shots have overshadowed two other mighty weapons: his serve and forehand.

Against Ruud, Djokovic made 71% of his first serves, won an excellent 85% of first serve points and a terrific 69% of his second serve points, belted nine aces, had no double faults, and never faced a break point. “He has one of the best serves,” said Ivanisevic. “Especially when it’s tight, it’s tough, especially this week he was hitting unbelievable serves under pressure.”

Even when Ruud managed to return Djokovic’s serve, the Serb often overpowered him during baseline exchanges. He smacked 14 of his 27 winners with his forehand. “I was really pleased with the way I was playing from the back of the court,” said Djokovic. “With my forehand, I was looking to be very aggressive, and it worked great.”

Tactically, Djokovic mostly eschewed drop shots — which sometimes had backfired in earlier matches — and came to the net often enough to keep the Norwegian off-balance.

Lastly, Novak excelled on the big points, winning four of five tiebreakers during the tournament. For the entire season, he racked up a sensational 19-5 tiebreaker record.

Ruud is runner-up again — The ATP Finals mirrored much of Casper Ruud’s highly successful yet bittersweet year. The mild-mannered, 23-year-old seized three tour titles but lost four prestigious finals at the U.S. Open, Roland Garros, the Miami Open, and the ATP Finals.

“In the end, it’s been disappointing to end up losing these big finals,” Ruud said. “Overall, if you gave me an offer to end the year at No. 3, play the finals that I’ve played, on the 1st of January this year, I would sign the contract right away. No doubt about it.”

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Making an impact: Casper Ruud of Norway makes a return against Djokovic in the final. Final-round losses to No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in Miami and the U.S. Open, to Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay at the French Open, and to Djokovic on fast indoor hard courts in Turin — all terrific players on their best surfaces — should not dishearten Ruud. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Rudd far surpassed one of his modest pre-season goals — reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. From that perspective, he said, “I’ve overachieved compared to my own mind, so I’m very happy about that.”

Final-round losses to No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in Miami and the U.S. Open, to Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay at the French Open, and to Djokovic on fast indoor hard courts in Turin — all terrific players on their best surfaces — should not dishearten Ruud. Each setback exposed weaknesses in his game.

For example, his much-improved backhand eventually broke down in gruelling, power rallies against Djokovic, who beat him for the fourth straight time in straight sets. Ruud’s volley also erred too often. The smart, level-headed Norwegian learned from these losses, saying, “I feel like there is room for improvements, so that’s a good thing.”

Fritz breaks through — Taylor Fritz, who had incrementally improved his ranking during the previous three years, broke through in 2022 with a career-high, season-ending No. 9.

The 25-year-old American climaxed his campaign by making the semifinals in his debut at the ATP Finals. He notched round-robin victories against Nadal and Felix Auger-Aliassime (FAA) before bowing to Djokovic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6). As Fritz served for the second set at 5-4, 30-all, a spectator yelled when he was about to hit an easy backhand. Distracted and angered, he netted the shot. Djokovic won the next point to break serve and reverse the momentum. Fritz should learn from that misstep.

“I absolutely feel like I belong,” said Fritz. “I think I’ve proved that I belong in the Top 10. I just need to keep working hard. Fortunately, for me, I think there’s a lot of positives to take out of this year. I finished where I did and I missed pretty much the whole clay-court season, didn’t have any training going into the beginning of the hard-court season. I was dealing with injuries, and I still was able to produce a really solid year.”

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That he did! He captured his first Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, where he upset Andrey Rublev and Nadal. He also won Eastbourne on grass and Tokyo on hard courts. A huge first serve, a more aggressive forehand, and a newfound confidence bode well for Fritz next year.

Rublev got game — Andrey Rublev fired back with the force of his rocket serve when ungracious loser Stefanos Tsitsipas criticised his game. After Rublev prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the ATP Finals, Tsitsipas carped, “I didn’t really feel threatened…. I feel like the better player…. I felt like I could just be much more creative…. But, yeah, he prevailed with the few tools that he has.”

When asked about Tsitsipas’ uncalled-for comments, Rublev said, “If we go shot by shot, I think his backhand is better than mine. His forehand is not better than mine. His serve speed is not better than mine. But I don’t think that I beat him because of few tools. If you take our match, every match, we have tough battles. This year I lost to him twice in three sets, and now I beat him in three sets.”

The No. 8 Rublev has plenty to be proud of, having won four titles this year — in Marseille, Dubai, Belgrade, and Gijon — and making the semis at the ATP Finals for the first time.

Even so, Rublev clearly needs more tactical variety. He must capitalise more on his booming serve and forehand by coming to net more, using angles, and stroking timely drop shots. He also needs more power and spin on his weak second serve, which averaged only 91 mph against Djokovic, 90 mph against Tsitsipas, and 85 mph against Ruud.

During his 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory over fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev, he displayed an excellent tactic by returning second serves from a foot inside the baseline. Rublev also did a great job of controlling his aggression and staying patient against a great counterpuncher by winning 21 of 29 points that went nine shots or more. And on his fifth match point, he ended a brutal, 37-shot rally with a forehand volley winner.

Rublev now knows that being an aimless, one-dimensional slugger can take him only so far.

Medvedev’s slump worsens — Since losing a five-set final to Nadal at the 2022 Australian Open, the 26-year-old Russian has gone 0-8 against top 10 opponents. The last three losses came at the ATP Finals, all by 7-6 in the third set to Rublev, Tsitsipas, and Djokovic. Two weeks before, he lost 7-5 in the third set to No. 25 Alex De Minaur in the Paris Masters first round.

When Medvedev was dominating the second set of the Paris match, Tennis Channel analyst Paul Annacone averred, “Medvedev is a strategic genius when it comes to playing points. He knows just what he wants to do. He is such an anomaly. It’s tough to figure him out.”

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On top: Djokovic with the trophy after the final. | Photo Credit: AP

Not anymore! First, Medvedev’s too-deep positioning prevents him from dominating baseline rallies with powerful groundstrokes or sharp angles. Poor positioning also makes it harder to hit drop shots and reach short balls. It causes him to hit short balls himself. It’s also tougher to hit passing shots, particularly crosscourt, from deep positions, and Tsitsipas capitalised by winning 30 of 37 net points.

Second, though Medvedev can run his opponents around, he lacks a knockout punch to end points quickly with one shot. That creates long rallies, especially against other counterpunchers like the tenacious, speedy De Minaur. Extended rallies aren’t necessarily good for the Russian, though, because he often gets tired before his opponents do. Oddly enough, he’s a counterpuncher who admitted he doesn’t like to run. Unless 2021 U.S. Open champion Medvedev becomes more offensive-minded and improves his backcourt positioning, develops a knockout shot, and corrects his flawed volley, he won’t win another major.

Auger-Aliassime’s dream — Thrilled at making his ATP Finals debut, Felix said, “It’s something I’ve dreamed of and recently became my goal. And now that I have achieved this goal, it makes me feel very proud and also for the people around me, including my family and team.”

Auger-Aliassime reached his dream destination as the Tour’s hottest player. He captured three consecutive titles in Florence, Antwerp, and Basel before teenager Holger Rune ended his 16-match winning streak in the Paris semifinals.

The lightning-fast courts in Turin helped power-hitting FAA upset his boyhood idol Nadal 6-3, 6-4 for the first time in three tries. “When I am playing like this, I have proven I can compete and beat some of the best players in the world,” said Felix, who hammered 15 aces.

Against Ruud, the handsome, 22-year-old Canadian boldly hit 38% of his groundstrokes from inside the baseline in the first set, but, paradoxically, came to net only 10 times, despite winning all 10 points. He lost the match 7-6 (4), 6-4 and should learn to maximise a winning tactic.

Faulty shot selection in the deciding set also hurt Auger-Aliassime in his duel against Fritz with a berth in the semis at stake. After his 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 setback, FAA said, “In the third set, [I made some] bad [shot] choices, bad execution. Maybe I lost focus a little bit. The fact that I’m tired, sometimes you don’t feel like you’re tired, but it’s late, you’ve played a lot. I’ve played a long year.”

Indeed, he had, but it was also his most successful year. The highly athletic Canadian need only strengthen his second serve and backhand and tweak his tactics to win a major in 2023.

Tsitsipas family dysfunction — Tennis parents have ranged from violent monsters like Damir Dokic and Marinko Lucic to role models like Karolj Seles and Jimmy Evert. Where Apostolos Tsitsipas, the father-coach of world No. 4 Stefanos, ends up on the tennis parent spectrum is anyone’s guess. But their fraught relationship is trending downward.

Let’s start though with the good news. Stefanos’ thrilling 6-3, 6-7 (11), 7-6 (1) triumph over Medvedev, climaxed by the Greek’s splendid 7-1 deciding set tiebreaker, proved the highlight of his tournament. No one expected Tsitsipas to beat Djokovic, who had won their last nine matches, so Novak’s 6-4, 7-6 win was predictable.

The Tsitsipas family has a history of illegal coaching during matches, drawing repeated warnings from umpires and complaints from opponents. Stefanos has told his parents he doesn’t want their input, but that hasn’t stopped his garrulous dad from shouting from the player’s box. In the third set of his 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Rublev, a frustrated and angry Tsitsipas whacked a ball towards his father.

Former No. 1 Jim Courier best summed up the Tsitsipas family dysfunction. “Things out of his control are impacting Stefanos,” Courier said on Tennis Channel. “His family is so invested in his success. They want to help him from the sidelines, but they’re just hurting him. And it’s hurting his chances to play good tennis. You saw how he threw his serve away with two double faults [in the third set]. He got lost in the match when his parents started jawing at each other. It seems like they need a therapy session to figure it all out. Because they want their kid to do well, but it’s just not working. The way it’s going right now, it’s hurting him more than it’s helping.”

Nadal fights valiantly — Like an old, battered warhorse who relishes competing until he drops, Nadal staggered into the ATP Finals to finish a mostly superb but injury-riddled year.

He captured the Australian Open despite a case of COVID and a chronic foot injury that left him on crutches in December 2021. He lost the Indian Wells final to Fritz while hampered by a painful fractured rib. At the French Open, tormented by severe foot pain from a congenital foot disease, Nadal needed a pre-final injection, which made his foot feel “asleep,” to win his 14th title.

At Wimbledon, his father urged Nadal, hampered by a seven-millimetre tear in his abdominal muscle, to retire against Fritz. Instead, this ultimate warrior, now 36, received treatment and came back to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker. He then defaulted his semifinal match to Nick Kyrgios to end his bid for a rare Grand Slam.

No wonder the debilitated Nadal won only three matches in the next four months before the ATP Finals. It was also no surprise he lost his first two round-robin matches, to Fritz and Auger-Aliassime. Perhaps the feel-good story in Turin was his season-ending 7-5, 7-5 victory over Ruud.

“I can’t ask for more,” said Nadal, both conqueror and survivor. “2022 has had a tough six months, two Grand Slams, and finishing the year in a high spot [No. 2] in the rankings. So, I can’t complain at all. At my age, to be able to achieve and be competitive means a lot for me.”

Who knows how much more or how well the seemingly indestructible Spaniard can play? At a minimum, he’ll likely still thrive on clay next year. A Tennis Channel analyst even quipped, “Nadal will probably win five to seven more French Opens after he retires.”

Rafael Nadal will finish the season inside the top-2, becoming the oldest player to achieve that at 35. Rafa claimed two Major titles in 2022, standing alone at 22 notable titles and leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer behind.

Still, it was not enough to earn him an ATP throne, struggling with injuries and finishing the season with four ATP titles, none after Roland Garros. Speaking about his run in 2022, Nadal stated it was marked with injuries.

Rafa skipped the second part of 2021 and made a perfect comeback this year. The Spaniard claimed his first Australian Open title in 13 years and backed it by another trophy in Acapulco. Rafa’s first setback came in Indian Wells, fracturing his rib and experiencing the season’s first loss in the title clash against Taylor Fritz.

The veteran skipped his favorite events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and lost crucial points in the year-end no. 1 battle. Rafa returned to action in May and failed to impress in Madrid and Rome. He experienced early losses and gathered dark clouds over his Roland Garros chances.

With a foot injury bothering him again, Nadal needed injections to endure all the efforts in Paris. The king of clay defeated Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud for his 14th Roland Garros title from 18 trips to the French capital.

Hoping for more at Wimbledon, Rafa advanced into the last four despite a seven-millimeter abdominal tear. The Spaniard prevailed over Taylor Fritz in the quarter-final in a five-setter and withdrew ahead of the Nick Kyrgios clash.

Rafael Nadal struggled with injuries in the season behind us.

Nadal needed months to recover, never finding the rhythm from the opening months. He experienced an early US Open loss to Frances Tiafoe and missed a chance to become world no.

1. Rafa stayed away from the court for two months and returned to action at the Paris Masters. Nadal lost to Tommy Paul in the second round after losing steam in the decider. Eager to get more matches by the end of the year, the Spaniard entered his 11th ATP Finals and fell to Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

With no rhythm or encounters in his legs, Rafa lost the crucial points and embraced four consecutive losses for the first time since the end of 2009! The legend changed that in the season’s last official match, beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 7-5 to deliver his first victory as a father and wrap up the season in a winning way.

“The season behind us had very different phases and was entirely marked by physical issues. However, everything changed when we found an effective treatment for my troubled foot; that has helped me a lot. That radically changed the perspective of my continuity in high-level tennis,” Rafael Nadal said.

The 2022 U.S. Open champion Carlos Alcaraz officially became the youngest men’s tennis player in ATP history to finish the season at world No. 1.

The 19-year-old took the No. 1 spot on Monday with his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal sitting at No. 2. Coincidentally, with 36-year-old Nadal sitting at No. 2, it makes him the oldest player to reach the top two ATP spots in history. 

As if Alcaraz hasn’t proven enough that he’s the face of the new era of men’s tennis, it’s important to note that he is the first men’s tennis player other than Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray since 2003 to be ranked No. 1 at the end of the season.

At the end of the 2021 season, Alcaraz sat at No. 32 in the world, making his jump to No. 1 the biggest rise to the top spot in ATP history.

The Spaniard has remained in the No. 1 spot since he beat Casper Ruud in September’s U.S. Open final, which was his first Grand Slam title.

On top of breaking one ATP record, Alcaraz also took home the most prize money in the 2022 season, winning $10,102,330. It helped that Alcaraz won the most titles on tour this season with five, tied with Djokovic, including a Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic, who won Wimbledon, finished second on the prize money list with $9,934,582 in earnings.

One of Alcaraz’s biggest feats of the 2022 season came in May at the Madrid Open when he consecutively upset Nadal and Djokovic to make his way to the final. He ended up securing his fourth title of the year there.

Alcaraz hasn’t played for the last month after suffering an abdominal muscle tear at November’s Paris Masters. He told reporters shortly after that he plans to be ready by the start of the 2023 season, via Tennis.com. He will compete next season to maintain his No. 1 ranking.

Here’s the list of the year-end Top 10 ATP players:

1. Alcaraz
2. Nadal
3. Ruud
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas
5. Djokovic
6. Felix Auger-Aliassime
7. Daniil Medvedev
8. Andrey Rublev
9. Taylor Fritz
10. Hubert Hurkacz

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We are already in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Yesterday afternoon the last two matches of the group stage were played, on the one hand Brazil-Cameroon, an unimportant challenge in terms of group, and on the other a decisive challenge, the match between Serbia and Switzerland.

A challenge that also fully touches tennis and in which some of the greatest tennis world champions of recent years participate. A few minutes before the match, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic, winner of 21 Grand Slam titles, challenged in an Instagram Stories two of his biggest rivals in his extraordinary career, the Swiss tennis couple Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic and Federer have put up great numbers together and have won an impressive 41 Grand Slam titles, Wawrinka has only won three but has taken several honors throughout his career, most notably against Novak Djokovic.

Wawrinka retweeted Nole’s story responding that he was up for the challenge, a little back and forth that he took to social media and recalled some of his past challenges. Serbia-Switzerland lived up to expectations and was one of the most beautiful matches of the World Cup.

A lot of agonism, fight and a challenge that took many turns. The Serbian team initially took the lead and seemed favorites for the final victory, but in the end things took a different turn. After Shaqiri’s controversial early lead, Serbia turned the game around with goals from Mitrovic and Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, his first goal in the competition.

The first half ended 2-2, and a late goal from Cameroonian-born Swiss Embolo leveled things up. Switzerland technically had a chance to qualify even with a draw, but Atalanta’s Freuler’s goal early in the second half sealed the game.

Switzerland will now face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the round of 16, and Serbia will go home, even earlier than planned.
Novak Djokovic was disappointed

Novak Djokovic recently opened up about the criticism he is often subjected to from the tennis media.

“I know that people sometimes think I’m fake, that I do certain things because I want to be loved. It’s not like that, I’m just trying to be genuine. It’s something we’re losing,” Djokovic said. “It is not possible to please everyone but by now the politically correct forces us to give up expressing our ideas with respect, without hatred, but with freedom.

Freedom of speech for me today is just an illusion. I had an extraordinary example of this this year, with what happened to me around the vaccine issue,” Djokovic said. “I expressed myself for the freedom to be able to dispose of one’s body, and immediately I was accused of being a no-vax, which I am not. If you don’t belong to a certain way of thinking, you quickly become the bad guy. That’s no good.”

World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero have received a total of three nominations at the 2022 ATP Awards, as the nominees for the four player-voted categories and for Coach of the Year were revealed. Alcaraz and Ferrero are up for the Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year awards, respectively, for the second consecutive season.

Alcaraz, already recognized as the ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone, is also nominated for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the first time, alongside Felix Auger-Aliassime, five-time winner Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Frances Tiafoe.

Alcaraz shares the bill with two other young figures, Jack Draper and Holger Rune, as well as the American Maxime Cressy for the Most Improved Player of the Year award. Draper (20) and Rune (19) are also among the five nominees for Breakthrough of the Year, which includes #NextGenATP players who have broken the Top 100 for the first time in 2022.

The nominees for Comeback Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award are determined by ITWA votes. The Coach of the Year nominees are chosen through a vote conducted by ATP coaches.

The winners at the ATP Awards, including the Fans’ Favorite, will be announced during Awards week from 12 December. Fans can vote for their favorite individual players and couples until Friday, December 2. Check out the full list of ATP Awards 2022 nominees: VOTED BY PLAYERS Comeback Player of the Year: The player who has overcome serious injury and re-established himself as one of the greatest players on the ATP Tour.

Lapentti reflects on Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz still has a long way to go before he can be considered a real challenger to the Grand Slam record of the Big 3. “The big question is will he (Carlos Alcaraz) be able to win as many Grand Slams as these three guys (Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic)? It’s going to be all about his health,” Nicolas Lapentti said.

“Is he going to be able to stay healthy the next 15-18 years? We never know. Will he be able to stay strong mentally for the next 15 years? It’s crazy, but we’ll see. We’ll have to talk again in 10 years and see how he’s going,” he added.

“Alcaraz has got everything, definitely. To be 19 and to play at the level he’s playing. It’s mostly in the head to play under that pressure and to perform that well, that’s awesome,” the 46-year-old expressed.

Juan Carlos Ferrero hopes Novak Djokovic can play more tournaments next year, saying Carlos Alcaraz ‘needs’ the Serbian.

Alcaraz has had a stunning breakthrough year, winning the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in ATP history.

That has been achieved against a backdrop of Novak Djokovic being forced into playing a reduced schedule due to covid restrictions, though, and many believe that puts an asterisk next to Alcaraz’s achievements.

Ferrero, a former world number one himself who coaches Carlos Alcaraz, does not necessarily agree with that, but he acknowledges the 19-year-old will become a better player for having to play against the best.

“We need him,” said Ferrero told Eurosport as he discussed Djokovic returning to the Australian Open next year.

“I think for Carlos to improve his tennis he needs to play against one of the best in the history. Of course Rafa [Nadal] is there to play against him and Novak, we need him.

“In Madrid Carlos played against Novak and he increased his level to try to win the match, so that’s what we need, to play in the Slams against him, I think it’s very important for Carlos to improve.”

Djokovic had a brilliant last quarter of the year, winning Tel-Aviv, Astana and Turin. It was at the latter where he really impressed, though, albeit in Alcaraz’s absence.

“I think after the US Open, which he couldn’t play, he was very focused to show himself that he is able to win almost everything that he played, we saw again that he’s able to do it,” said Ferrero of Djokovic.

“He presented himself to all the players that he’s going to be there and that he has the possibility to play in Australia, I think he’s very happy about it and I think the rest of the players as well.

“Carlos and I were talking about that we’re happy to see Novak there because if you want to win the Australian Open you have to win against the best, and of course it’s good news. But of course it didn’t surprise me at all that he won in Turin.”