Taylor Fritz and Novak Djokovic have something very important in common this 2022: the American and the Serbian are, in fact, the only two men in the world who have won titles in an ATP 250, ATP 500 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
Both closed the circle this week after winning in Tokyo and Astana respectively, adding the ATP 500 category event necessary to establish a mark that, for the moment, still lacks players like Alcaraz (he is missing an ATP 500), Nadal (he is missing a ATP Masters 1000) or Stefanos Tstisipas (he is missing an ATP 500).
It is worth mentioning that Novak Djokovic, like the two Spaniards, has also raised a Slam to the sky thanks to his seventh win at Wimbledon, while Fritz still seems to be far from the final goal. Aside from the Wimbledon points issue, the ranking points system inexorably rewards Nadal and Alcaraz, relegating Nole to seventh (he would have been third on Wimbledon points) and Fritz to eighth, his best ranking.
The American is the 179th player to break into the top 10 since the inception of the ATP rankings. In total, the Serb can count as of this morning on 755 total weeks in the top 10 in the world and has the third longest continuous streak in the top 10 of active players, behind Zverev’s 250 and the astronomical Nadal’s figure of 890, the record holder of all time.
In addition, all the tennis players mentioned have practically guaranteed qualification for the ATP Finals, while the American occupies the last valid position for a ticket to Turin by a few points, with 1,750 points still to be awarded and many still at stake.
Nole comments on his season
The year 2022 had started very badly for Novak Djokovic with the famous case that led to his expulsion from Australia because of his “unvaccinated” status. But ultimately, it will end with at least four titles in hand: a Grand Slam (Wimbledon), a Masters 1000 (Rome), an ATP 500 (Astana) and an ATP 250 (Tel-Aviv).
Without having been able to play on the American continent and while waiting for Bercy and the Masters. The Serb once again demonstrated his extraordinary strength of character. “This year has been special, yes. I had never experienced this before, of course.
I try to learn from it, to come out of it bigger, stronger. That’s my way of looking at it, you know. The difficulties of life must strengthen you,” explained Nole after his victory in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Nur‐Sultan (Astana Open) this Sunday.