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How Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal And Co Compare With Their Rivals At The ATP Finals

Ubitennis looks at the figures behind the eight players who have qualified for the end-of-season showdown in London.

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The promotional advertisement for the 2019 ATP Finals (image obtained via twitter.com/atptour)

Sunday will mark the start of the finale of the men’s tennis tour. The 50th edition of the ATP Finals will be held at the O2 Arena in London. At stake is the year-end No.1 spot for either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, up to 1500 ranking points and potentially more than $2 million in earnings.

 

The draw for the tournament took place on Tuesday. Eight players have been split into two groups named after former stars of the sport. In Group Andre Agassi Nadal will play Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, in Group Bjorn Borg Djokovic will lock horns with Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.

Over the coming days will be a battle between the eight best-performing men on the ATP Tour this year. With a lot of stake for all players, here are the key facts to know about the 2019 tournament.

The head-to-head

Only one player has a positive record against every member of the field at this year’s tournament. Djokovic has a winning record against five out of six players. The only exception is Tsitsipas, who he is currently drawn level with at 2-2 in their head-to-head. Djokovic is yet to play Berrettini on the tour.

At the other end of the spectrum, Berrettini has a losing record against all six players he has played. In fact, he has only ever defeated Thiem and Tsitsipas once. Should he win a match in London Berrettini would become the first Italian man in history to do so at the ATP Finals. Both Adriano Panatta (1975) and Corrado Barazzutti (1978) failed to do so on their attempts.

Nadal Djokovic Federer Medvedev Thiem Zverev Tsitsipas Berrettini
Nadal

26-28

24-16

2-0

9-4

5-0

4-1

1-0

Djokovic

28-26

26-22

3-2

6-3

3-2

2-2

0-0

Federer

16-24

22-26

3-0

2-4

3-4

2-1

1-0

Medvedev

0-2

2-3

0-3

1-2

1-4

5-0

1-0

Thiem

4-9

3-6

4-2

2-1

5-2

4-2

2-1

Zverev

0-5

2-3

4-3

4-1

2-5

1-3

2-1

Tsitsipas

1-4

2-2

1-2

0-5

2-4

3-1

1-0

Berrettini

0-1

0-0

0-1

0-1

1-2

1-2

0-1

Who has won the most prize money?

This season Medvedev has been the standout player concerning prize money when you look at his career overall. 72.8% of his career prize money earnings have been won in 2019. This is due to a stellar second half of the season where he reached six consecutive finals on the tour. Winning Two Masters 1000 events, as well as the St. Petersburg Open. Medvedev was also runner-up to Nadal at the US Open.

Unsurprisingly the Big Three dominate the prize money lists for both this current season and overall in their careers. Nadal is currently in the lead over Djokovic this year. However, the Serbian remains the only player – man or woman – to surpass the $130 million mark.

There is still a lot to play for in London. Should any player clinch the title without losing a match, they will earn an additional $2,871,000.  A full breakdown of the prize money can be seen here.

2019 prize money

Nadal – $12,214,586
Djokovic – $11,182,355
Federer – $6,989,975
Medvedev – $6,994,912
Thiem – $5,992,623
Tsitsipas – $4,272,927
Zverev – $3,152,635
Berrettini – $2,689,783

Career prize money

Djokovic – $136,954,944
Federer -$127,504,891
Nadal – $115,466,561
Thiem – $20,124,768
Zverev -$18,900,563
Medvedev – $9,599,693
Tsitsipas – $7,209,605
Berrettini – $3,580,862

NOTE: Figures as of November 4th 2019 and includes doubles earnings

Their Win-loss record of 2019

Zverev remains the only player yet to score multiple wins over top 10 position this season. His sole conquest occurred in Shanghai when he downed Federer in a three-set thriller. The defending champion hasn’t lost the most matches this year, but his overall winning percentage is the lowest.

Nadal tops the group with the highest winning rate, however, it is important to note that he has also played the fewest matches (57) out of the group. In comparison Medvedev has achieved a 76.6% winning rate, but has played an additional 20 matches (77) already this season.

Wins

losses

Top 10 wins

Total winning %

Nadal

51

6

7

89.5%

Djokovic

53

9

8

85.5%

Federer

51

8

5

86.4%

Medvedev

59

18

8

76.6%

Thiem

46

17

6

73%

Zverev

42

23

1

64.6%

Tsitsipas

50

24

5

67.5%

Berrettini

42

21

5

66.66%

Titles won

Only four players have won the ATP Finals five or more times in history and two of those are in this year’s field. Federer holds the all-time record of six, however, he hasn’t won the trophy since 2011. Meanwhile, Djokovic has five titles to his name and has featured in the final in six out of the past seven editions.

Overall, Federer has won more titles that any active player at 103. The second highest tally in history after Jimmy Connors. His first title was at the 2001 Milan Indoors when rival Tsitsipas was just two-years-old.

Six out of eight have won at least one Masters 1000 title. The only exceptions are Tsitsipas and Berrettini, who are both yet to win a trophy at an event ranked above the 250 category.

Below is a breakdown of each player and their individual achievements.

Rafael Nadal: 84  

– 19 grand slams
– 35 Masters 1000
– 1 Olympic Gold
– 20 ATP 500/Gold Series
– 9 ATP 250/International Series

Novak Djokovic: 77

– 16 grand slams
– 5 year-end titles (ATP Finals)
– 34 Masters 1000
– 13 ATP 500/Gold Series
– 9 ATP 500/International Series

Roger Federer: 103

– 20 grand slams
– 6 year-end titles (ATP Finals)
– 28 Masters 1000
– 24 ATP 500/Gold Series
– 25 ATP 250/International Series

Medvedev: 7

– 2 Masters 1000
– 1 ATP 500
– 4 ATP 250

Thiem: 16

– 1 Masters 1000
– 5 ATP 500
– 10 ATP 250

Zverev: 11  

– 1 year-end title (ATP Finals)
– 3 Masters 1000
– 2 ATP 500
– 5 ATP 250

Tsitsipas: 3

– 3 ATP 250

Berrettini: 3

– 3 ATP 250

ATP Finals history

There will be three debuts in the event this year. Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Berrettini are all gracing their presence at The O2 for the first time in their careers. Since 1998, only two players have won the title on their debut and none of them are a member of the record-breaking Big Four contingent. Alex Correctja triumphed in 1998, followed by Grigor Dimitrov in 2017.

For those who have played in London before, Thiem is the only member to have a losing record at the tournament. Winning just three out of nine matches played since 2016. As for the person with the most wins, Federer is currently on 57 victories. That is 41 more than Nadal, who has in recent years missed the event due to various injury issues.

Here is a breakdown of the records :-

Federer: 57-15 (debut 2002)

Djokovic: 35-12 (debut 2007)

Nadal: 16-13 (debut 2006)

Zverev: 5-3 (debut 2017)

Thiem: 3-6 (debut 2016)

The data used in this article is based on information obtained from the official website of the ATP Tour

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‘He Did Everything I did, Only Better’ – Pat Rafter Names The Toughest Rival Of His Career

The two-time grand slam champion opens up about his toughest rivalry as he predicts a bleak outlook for the 2020 tennis season.

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Former world No.1 Pat Rafter has named an American tennis legend as the player who he struggled the most against throughout his professional career.

 

The 47-year-old was a star of Australian tennis during his playing days after achieving a series of milestones. His accolades include becoming the first player from his country in 28 years to reach the top of the ATP rankings in 1999 and becoming the first man to win the Rogers Cup, Cincinnati Masters and US Open within the same year. Rafter is also the last player outside of the Big Three to have won back-to-back US Open titles after triumphing in 1997 and 1998.

Despite his successes, there was one player that caused him difficulty. Rafter played Pete Sampras 16 times on the ATP Tour, but could only win four of those encounters. At one stage he lost to the 14-time grand slam champion eight times in a row.

“The toughest player I played against was definitely Pete Sampras – he did everything I did, only better.” Rafter told Eurosport.
“His record was the best so there’s no doubt about it Sampras the stand-out. I enjoyed playing Andre Agassi the most – I thought we had a really good battle, I really enjoyed playing him.”

The rivalry between the two was tense at times. Highlighted best by their encounter in the 1998 US Open semifinals. Sampras complained of a quadriceps injury following his loss to the Australian. Prompting Rafter to famously say ‘he’s becoming a bit of a crybaby.’ A few months before that comment, he admitted that his relationship with the American wasn’t solid by saying ‘We’re not the best of mates. I wouldn’t go out for a beer with him, put it that way.’

22 years on from the verbal exchange between the two, Rafter now describes it as a thing of the past. Insisting that his rival never took what he said to him ‘personally.’

“I can’t remember the exact words, but we had a run-in in Cincinnati one year – I probably told him to grow up.” He recounted.
“He cracked it when I beat him one time. But that was back in the old days, emotions were running high and don’t take it personally. It’s all good.”

No tennis in 2020

Besides reminiscing about his playing career with Eurosport, Rafter has also predicted a bleak outlook for this year’s tour. All professional tournaments have been suspended until July 13th due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time since 1945 Wimbledon has been cancelled due to the situation.

Many are now speculating as to when it will be possible for the tour to resume. The US Open is still optimistic that they can hold their tournament as scheduled later this summer. Meanwhile, the French Open is set to be played during the later part of September. However, Rafter doubts that either of those tournaments will happen.

“No, I think this (the virus) is going to be around for a long time.” Rafter commented on the chances of the 2020 season resuming. “Until they get a vaccine I can’t see how anyone is going to be playing.’
“Personally, I think it’ll be like the flu and we’ll have to get used to it.”

Potentially one solution for the tournaments would be to host matches without spectators. In order to minimise the risk of the virus spreading. An approach that has already been taken by other sports such as football. However, Wimbledon refused to consider that option this year.

“I think they could. No spectators. Sure. No ball-boys – I’d love to see the players pick up the balls themselves!” he concluded.

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‘Don’t Be Afraid’ – Nick Kyrgios Offers Support To Those Struggling During Covid-19 Pandemic

The bad boy of tennis says he will support those in need by delivering essential supplies.

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Former top 20 player Nick Kyrgios has urged members of the public to reach out to him if they require any help during the covid-19 pandemic in a social media post.

 

The two-time grand slam quarter-finalist has offered to deliver food to those who are struggling during the current crises, which has suspended the ATP and WTA Tours until at least July. It is estimated by economists that more than 500,000 people in Kyrgios’ home country of Australia will lose their jobs due to the outbreak. There have been more than one million cases of the coronavirus worldwide with many countries currently placed in a lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

‘If ANYONE is not working/not getting an income and runs out of food, or times are just tough… please don’t go to sleep with an empty stomach,’ Kyrgios wrote on Instagram.
‘Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will be more than happy to share whatever I have.
‘Even just for a box of noodles, a loaf of bread or some milk. I will drop it off at your doorstep, no questions asked.’

In Australia there have been 5687 cases of Coronavirus as of Sunday which has resulted in 34 deaths. This is according to figures provided by chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy.

It is not the first time Kyrgios has offered to support those in need. Earlier this year he was an instrumental figure in helping raising money for the Australian bushfire appeal. Donating AUS$200 for every ace produced during the first month of the season and participating in a series of exhibition matches. According to 7 News, Kyrgios raised in the region of AUS$100,000 for the bushfire fund.

Kyrgios is currently ranked 40th in the world and has won six out of his nine matches played earlier this season. At the Australian Open he reached the fourth round before falling in four sets to Rafael Nadal.

 

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Diego Schwartzman On Playing The Big Three And Who He Believes Is The Best

The top-20 player pays tribute to the three tennis legends as he cast his vote in the greatest of all time debate.

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When it comes to taking on the Big Three in tennis, Diego Schwartzman is perhaps one of the best players to provide an insight into how frustrating it can be.

 

The Argentine world No.13 has played a member of the illustrious trio no less than 18 times in his career, but is yet to gain a single victory to his name. Consisting of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the big three have dominated men’s tennis in recent years. Between them, they have won the last 13 grand slams and at least one of them has featured in 58 out of the past 60 major finals. Since February 2004, Andy Murray is the only player outside of the group to have held the No.1 position.

Schwzrtman’s record against the big guns has seen him lose to Nadal nine times as well as succumbing to both Djokovic and Federer on four occasions. Nevertheless, the three-time grand slam quarter-finalist isn’t bitter as he hails their achievements in the sport.

“Against Nadal you always come in hope of giving him a fight on any day and on any surface, but you quickly realize that it is almost impossible to defeat him.” Schwartzman said during an Instagram live chat with journalist Danny Miche.
“Djokovic makes me feel that in the second game of service I no longer have lungs. It’s unbelievable.’
“Federer gives you more air (time), but you don’t seem to know how to play tennis. It’s amazing how he hits the ball.’
“The three are unbelievable, in different ways.”

There is also the ongoing debate as to who should be named the greatest of all time. Each player has their own credentials. Federer currently has the all-time lead for most grand slam titles at 20. Nadal has won more ATP tournaments on the clay than any other player in history. Meanwhile, current world No.1 Djokovic has won more prize money in the sport than any other player – male or female.

Weighing on the debate, Schwartzman has given the edge to Djokovic. Prior to the suspension of the tour due to covid-19, Djokovic started 2020 by winning 18 matches in a row. Claiming titles at the ATP Cup, Australian Open and Dubai Tennis Championships.

“At his best, Djokovic has beaten Rafael Nadal many times on the clay and Roger Federer many times on the grass. So maybe I would say that he is slightly above the other two.” He explained.
“Let’s see if you can reach the records, now it was packed and saw that pace being broken. But Djokovic knows that he has to keep the level, because if he doesn’t win he will win the other two.”

Schwartzman started the year by winning nine out of 14 matches played. His best performance of the season so far took place on home territory when he reached the final of the Cordoba Open before losing to Christian Garin.

The Big Three head-to-head

Djokovic

Nadal

Federer

Djokovic

N/A

29-26

27-23

Nadal

26-29

N/A

24-16

Federer

23-27

16-26

N/A

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