Novak Djokovic looked to be in imperious form at the beginning of his run at the ATP Finals in London after conceding just 3 games in the opener to Matteo Berrettini. The Serbian sensation looked almost certain to get back his world no.1 rank from Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard also lost his first match to Sascha Zverev. However, it was Dominic Thiem to spoil the party. After the Austrian stunned Roger Federer in the first match, he repeated himself against Djokovic after beating the world no.2 following an epic match (6-75 6-3 7-65).
The live rankings and the world no.1 battle vs Nadal
After being beaten by Dominic Thiem, Novak missed the opportunity to add 200 (precious) points to his ranking. Therefore he still needs to bridge a 440 points gap with Rafael Nadal if he wants to end the year at the top of the rankings.
Now Rafa has to win “only” 1 of the following 2 matches in the round-robin against Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas to put more pressure on the Serb. In fact, Novak, in that case, needs to win the tournament if he wants to end the season at the top of the rankings.
Of course, the destinies of the Big3 are often intertwined. After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic declared that he wants to break the record that Federer established by being at the helm of the rankings for 310 weeks. However, to do that, it would be essential for the Serbian to end the year at the top to have some “free weeks” as world no.1 until the end of January when he will drop the 2000 points that he acquired by winning the Australian Open.
Roger will be Novak’s next opponent in what will be a shoot-out for who qualifies for the semifinals. If Federer beats Djokovic, he will “protect” his record; otherwise, everything will remain in Novak and Nadal’s hands.
H2H Federer vs. Djokovic
The head to head between Federer and Djokovic is 26-22 for the Serb that also leads the Swiss 6-4 on indoor courts and also 3-2 at the Finals in London.
Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.2, Novak played his last match on the 12th of November when he lost to Dominic Thiem 6-75 6-3 7-65 in the Round Robin in London.
This year Novak has a 54-10 win-loss record. The Serbian clinched 5 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Madrid, in Wimbledon, in Tokyo and in Paris. The Serbian was the finalist in Rome.
Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2019
Currently the world no.1, Rafael played his last match on the 11th of November when he surrendered to Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-4 in the Round Robin in London.
This year the Spaniard has a 50-7 win-loss record. The Spaniard has won 4 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open, in Montreal, and at the U.S. Open. Rafael was the finalist at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played each other 54 times. The head to head is 28-26 for Djokovic.
The last time that they competed against each other, Rafael Nadal won 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the final in Rome on the 19th of May 2019.
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