The Spanish champion is 4th oldest player to occupy top 3 positions in world rankings, here is how Rafael Nadal better than Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal better than Novak Djokovic: here is how
Novak Djokovic, by beating Nick Kyrgios in four sets, won his fourth consecutive Wimbledon at the All England Club title and seventh overall.
This season, the three Grand Slam tournaments that took place all ended up in the hands of two of the former world number ones: Australian Open-Roland Garros was Rafael Nadal’s double; Wimbledon to the Belgrade tennis player.
Therefore, a domination continues that began in 2003, when the oldest of the Big 3, Roger Federer, won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
In the following 19 years, of the 76 Slam tournaments available, 63 went to the Big Three: Nadal at 22, Djokovic at 21, Federer at 20.
Few other tennis players have managed to break the tennis triumvirate. First of all is Andy Murray, who won two Slams at Wimbledon and a US Open; followed by Stan Wawrinka, also winner of three Grand Slam titles (all except Wimbledon).
Nadal’s come back to the top 3
Rafael Nadal returns, four months after the last time, in the top 3 of the world ranking, at 36 years and 1 month.
The winner of fourteen Roland Garros titles surpasses Novak Djokovic, who is stopped at 35 years and 1 month, being the youngest Serb by a year of his rival. Leading the table is still Ken Rosewall, who was in the top three in the world until the age of 40 years and 7 months.
With the failure to assign points at Wimbledon, in fact, Rafael Nadal returns to be among the top three tennis players in the world, taking the place of Novak Djokovic and putting himself behind Daniil Medvedev, who leads the ranking, and Alexander Zverev.
Thanks to this comeback, the Spanish champion is the fourth oldest player to occupy the top three positions in the world rankings.
Novak Djokovic’s triumph in the men’s field.
Wimbledon went on file with Novak Djokovic’s triumph in the men’s field.
Wimbledon went on file with Novak Djokovic’s triumph in the men’s field. The former world number 1 matched Pete Sampras by winning his seventh title in London, and was only one distance behind Roger Federer’s record.
Thanks to the fourth consecutive seal at Church Road, the Serbian champion gave meaning to a season that was in danger of becoming bankrupt. The 35-year-old from Belgrade had to miss the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, while at Roland Garros he did not go beyond the quarter-finals.
Nole thus hoisted himself to 21 Majors, detaching Roger Federer and reducing the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal. It is unlikely that the ‘Djoker’ will be able to travel to the United States to compete in the US Open, although a last-minute change cannot be ruled out.
Several US politicians have sided with Novak these days. In the latest edition of the ‘AO Show’ podcast, Mark Petchey returned to the Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Kyrgios.