How Tennis Rankings Are Calculated?
The ATP, or Association of Tennis Professionals, is the sports organization that is responsible for determining the tennis world rankings. These rankings are determined by awarding points to players based on how well they perform at specific tournaments. In a sanctioned event, a player will be granted a more significant number of points according to how far they have progressed in the competition.
The most points are available at grand slams, with the champion receiving 2,000 and the runner-up receiving 1,200, respectively. The points garnered at each tournament are carried over into the following year, and the standings are refreshed weekly. When no matches occur, the ATP and WTA rankings are updated every Monday. You can, therefore, anticipate weekly updates, except for the periods during which Grand Slam tournaments are being played.
Djokovic vs. Nadal
Djokovic holds a 30-29 advantage over Nadal, 15-13 in total Finals, 3-3 in Masters Finals, and 5-4 in Grand Slam Finals. Nadal has earned 13 titles and only lost three matches since 2005, but Novak has beaten him in all four Grand Slams, including Roland Garros. Nadal has an 8-2 edge against Djokovic at the French Open, but only two guys have defeated him at the Stade de France. Federer lost to Nadal in all six French Open meetings, including four finals and two semifinals.
The fact that Nadal holds a 20-8 advantage in this rivalry on clay is the most intriguing aspect of it. Djokovic’s eight clay-court defeats are greater than those of Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, and virtually everyone else combined.
These two players use similar baseline counterpunching techniques. As a result, people have witnessed some of the greatest tennis matches ever. Their nearly six-hour Australian Open final in 2012 was the most physically demanding match ever. It easily ranks in the top two or three most significant battles. In every game, there is fierce competition.
Djokovic vs. Federer
Djokovic has a 27-23 overall record, a 14-6 Finals record, a 5-3 Masters Finals record, and a 4-1 Grand Slam record. To this day, Federer’s solitary Grand Slam title triumph came against Djokovic in the 2007 US Open Final. Djokovic has a better history in Grand Slam competition, 11-6.
In addition, Djokovic has never lost a Wimbledon final despite facing Federer three times. This is a huge deal, given that Federer is universally hailed as the best player on grass. However, that victory came in the Wimbledon semifinals against Djokovic in 2012.
At the beginning of their competition, when Djokovic was still relatively unknown and young, Federer dominated. Over the past decade, Djokovic has been unbeatable. He’s ahead in the match scoreboard, and, more significantly, he’s won the championship.
Although they’ve played many close matches together, the 2019 Wimbledon final was the best of the bunch. Finally, Djokovic triumphed over Federer, as he usually does in the most critical games between the two.
Federer vs. Nadal
Nadal has a 24-16 overall advantage, including a 14-10 edge in finals, a 7-5 advantage in masters tournament championship matches, and a 6-3 advantage in major championship matches. Rafa won the Australian Open, the French Open, and the Wimbledon Championships against Federer.
Federer has won their head-to-head encounters at Australia and Wimbledon twice, but he is 0-6 against him at the French Open and only 2-7 in clay Finals and 2-14 on clay in his career. Roger has won 6 of the last seven matchups between the two to close the gap slightly, but he has never beaten Rafa on clay and has never even taken him to 5 sets at Roland Garros, which is a significant disadvantage.
It’s no surprise that the 2007 and 2008 Wimbledon finals went the distance, as these two played incredible matches. The 2008 match is often regarded as the best match of all time, but the 2019 final surpassed it. Also fantastic were their Australian Open final performances in 2009 and 2017. Furthermore, they have produced some exciting Masters matchups. The Rome final in 2006 was incredible, but Nadal prevailed on clay as he usually does.
Currently, Nadal Is The Best Player
Roger Federer has been highly consistent throughout 20 years, winning 20 grand slam titles. However, his case is severely hampered because he has never won a clay-court match against Rafael Nadal. After six attempts, Federer still hasn’t beaten Nadal or even seriously challenged him at Roland Garros. In particular, Nadal defeated Federer at Wimbledon and forced the last set to five games. In significant finals, he has a record of 1–4, including a 0–3 loss at Wimbledon against Djokovic.
No one has ever been better at playing on clay than Rafael Nadal. His success on the clay court may be unparalleled in sports history. Sixty-four of his 92 wins were on clay courts. Fourteen of his 22 Grand Slam titles are French Open victories.
The rest of his game, which is also fantastic, gets lost in the glare of his incredible clay court skills. However, he does not have the best all-court record among the three guys, and he has never beaten Djokovic in a tennis match. Despite winning gold at the Olympics, Nadal has never won the World Tour Finals.
Novak Djokovic was patient and smart enough to wait out the early stages of his career when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dominated him. At his best, he was unmatched by any player in history. The essential thing is that he has been successful in the finals against his strongest competitors.
A combined 30-20 in finals against Federer and Nadal favors him. And he’s 2-0 versus them in head-to-head competition. He has won the Wimbledon championship match three times and defeated Rafael Nadal twice in Roland Garros. He shares Nadal’s achievement of winning the career grand slam on two occasions.
It’s also worth noting that in 2020, when he would have been the reigning champion at Wimbledon, Covid prevented him from ever competing there. Not to remember the shameful vaccine debacle at the 2022 Australian Open, where he was held in custody and prevented from defending his three straight wins.
Ultimately, Nadal won the championship without ever playing Djokovic. Furthermore, in 2020 he missed the US Open because of a foolish default. He would have won at least a couple of them and stopped Nadal from becoming the 21st player to win in Australia.
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Last Results Of The Best Tennis Players
The third and fourth quarter of the 2022 season was marked by many tennis tournaments like the 2022 ATP Tour, Wimbledon Open, ATP Masters 100, the most significant ATP Tour Final, and more. How was it turned out for the mentioned best players in men’s tennis?
Novak Djokovic gained his fourth consecutive title at the grass-court major. On the way to his victory, Novak won all five matches: three fights in the group, the semi-final, and the final. In the tour’s final, Djokovic met Casper Ruud, and their game lasted an hour and a half, in which Novak took two sets with the score of 7-5 6-3 and claimed his 6th ATP Finals title.
The GOAT of the tennis world, Swiss ace Roger Federer, announced his retirement this year. The last game of his inspiring career ended in London in a doubles’ tennis match with his partner Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately, they were defeated by Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in the Laver Cup.
As for Nadal, he came back to the US Open after a hiatus for three years and had his first hard-court match since Cincinnati. He won the game with Rinky Hijikata in the first round, Fabio Fognini in the second round, and Richard Gasquet in the third round. But, when it came to the fourth, Nadal was defeated by Frances Tiafoe, ending his bid for a 3rd major in 2022. He also lost to Tommy Paul in the Paris Masters and failed the qualification to the semifinals against Casper Ruud. Unfortunately, that was quite a rough season for Nadal.
Over the decades, many great players have delighted us with their incredible shots and play. These players set higher tennis standards, and it will be hard to beat them by their descendants.