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The Figures Of Novak Djokovic’s Dominance Since 2011



Novak Djokovic - Australian Open 2023 (poto: twitter @AustralianOpen)

By Ferruccio Roberti

62- The percentage of weeks Djokovic has occupied the top spot of the ATP rankings since July 4th 2011 – the day after his first Wimbledon triumph, when he rocketed to number 1 for the first time in his career – to today. 


Such a figure could have been even more impressive if a shoulder injury hadn’t hindered the second part of 2017 and if he hadn’t missed 2 Majors and 4 Masters 1000 events in 2023 due to his Covid vaccination stance, (and if Wimbledon points hadn’t been stripped).

Other striking figures outline what he has accomplished since July 2011: he has won 19 of the 42 Majors he played (45.2%) and 29 Masters 1000 events out of 75 (38.6%). In this period he has also won 190 of the 245 matches against players ranked in the top 10, which means a stunning 77.6%. If we look at the total amount of matches this percentage rises to 87.2%, 670 wins of 768 played. Of the players who were in the top 20 when Djokovic became No.1, Nadal, Murray, Monfils, Gasquet and Wawrinka are still on the tour, whereas if we consider the current top 20 only Nadal and Carreno Busta were already pro when Djokovic began his reign.    

Each of the three greats, namely Djokovic, Federer and Nadal, has traced their own fantastic astral orbit and making comparisons is quite trivial. Just focusing on the period since Djokovic became No. 1, we can notice that only Nadal, who is one year older than Djokovic, can boast similar, yet less impressive, numbers. Over these twelve years, Rafa has reaped 12 Majors (of the 39 he played, which means 30.77%), 17 Masters 1000s and has occupied the top spot of the rankings for 107 weeks. However, he lost 18 of 31 matches he played against the Serbian and defeated him only twice when not playing on his favourite surface, clay. 

Federer was born almost six years before Djokovic and was about to turn 30 one month after Nole became No. 1. The age gap inevitably has affected the balance of their rivalry. In the period we are analysing, the immense Swiss champion added 4 majors and 11 Masters 1000 to his trophy cabinet, was No. 1 for 25 weeks and won 9 of the 27 matches he played against Djokovic.  

 Djokovic was 35 years, 8 months and 6 days old on January 29th,2023 the day he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Australian Open. But the Serbian has yet to beat the record of the oldest Grand Slam Champion and overtake six players. The record holder is Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open aged 37 years, 1 month and 24 days. He is also still to smash the record as the oldest number 1, held by Roger Federer at 36 years 10 months and 10 days.

What is most impressive about Djokovic is the level of his performances: not only he can rise to stunningly high peaks, which is not uncustomary for champions aged 36, but he is able to maintain consistency. He has won 38 of his last 40 matches and all of his 11 matches against a top 10 player.  

 Part.TitlesFinals.Tot. matches Won Lost % Won  % Sets won% Games won% Tie Breaks
Australian Open18109789891.882.962.363.8
Roland Garros182 4101851684.
Wimbledon17 7 196861089.678.758.667.2
US Open16 394811386.
Indian Wells145950984.776.359.769.6
Monte Carlo15 2 48351372.967.058.080.0
Madrid 12 3 0 3930976.969.656.050.0
Roma16  6 74641086.576.059.663.2
Montreal/ Toronto11 44 37784.179.458.073.3
Cincinnati14  52401276.971.156.361.1
Shanghai 4 0 3934587.281.461.471.4
Parigi Bercy 16 6 3 5445983.374.258.370
O2 Arena (ATP Finals)11  46341273.968.356.570.6
Dubai12  150 43786.078.459.869.2

There is not one centre court which hasn’t seen Djokovic lift the trophy. He is the only player in tennis history who has won all the Majors, all the Masters 1000’s and the ATP finals at least twice. His ten Australian Opens, the tournament where he has reaped more titles than any other player, suggest that the Rod Laver Arena is likely the court where he would elect to play the match of his life. The table above shows Djokovic’s stats in the most important tournaments of the tour as well as those where he has played a significant amount of matches, such as Dubai. 

The chart confirms that Djokovic has achieved his best performance record at the Australian Open. Not only is it the tournament he has most often participated in (18 times, just like in Roland Garros), but it’s where he has achieved the highest percentage of matches (91.8%) and sets (82.9) won. His thriving figures on the Church Road courts come as no surprise too, since he is a seven-time Wimbledon winner. Indeed, his excellent stats in Rome, at the Italian Open are slightly more unexpected: it’s his most successful tournament on clay and his fourth best (preceded only by AO, Wimbledon and Shanghai). Anyway, his figures are outstanding all over. Only in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Cincinnati and the ATP Finals he hasn’t won at least 80% of his matches. Not too bad…    

Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



Nadal RG 2022 by Night (foto @RolandGarros)

The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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