Novak Djokovic has already enjoyed team success this year. The 32-year-old led Serbia to victory in the first ATP Cup tournament last weekend. He defeated longtime rival Rafael Nadal in his singles match at the tournament. After savoring the team cup victory, Djokovic will begin preparations for the Australian Open.
Djokovic’s Australian Open dominance
The 16-time Grand Slam champion has enjoyed unparalleled success in Australia. He has won a record seven Australian Grand slam titles. His last victory was at last year’s edition where he defeated Nadal in straight sets. Given his success at the tournament, many pundits have picked him as one of the favorites this year. Rafa and Roger Federer are also heavy favorites. Despite being favored to win his eighth Australian title, Novak feels that this year’s Grand Slams will be very competitive. Over the last few seasons, the ‘Big Three’ have swept the major titles. Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal have won the last 11 Grand Slam titles. The last player to win a Grand Slam title was Stan Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open.
No clear favorites for Australian Open
Since then, the ‘Big Three’ have hogged the spotlight, despite the emergence of younger players in the last few seasons. However, the Serbian believes that the next generation is finally ready to overcome the dominance of the three players. In a recent interview, the Serbian said he did not see any clear favorites heading into the first Grand Slam of the year. “I think it’s really open, the Australian Open, or any other slam. I don’t think there are clear favorites.”Djokovic has praised the new generation of players, especially after some promising performances last season. “You have Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Dominic Thiem that are really showing some amazing tennis.”
The London ATP Finals last year showed that Djokovic, Federer and Nadal’s days as the game’s best players may be ending. Tsitsipas won the tournament after defeating Thiem in the final. Roger, Rafa, and Novak did not make it past the semifinals. Other players such as Medvedev and Alexander Zverev had strong 2019 seasons and will be looking to go one-step further and win their first major title. Djokovic feels that the young players showed a new level of maturity with their performances in London last season. The 32-year-old believes they are ready to challenge for the major honors this year and beyond. The Australian Open will begin on 20th January.
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Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.2, Djokovic played his last match on the 12th of January when he beat Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-64 in the final in the ATP Cup to win his 77th career title.
This season Novak has a 6-0 win-loss record. The Serbian has won 1 title in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.3, the Swiss played his last match on the 16th of November when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in the Nitto ATP Finals.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played each other 50 times. The head to head is 27-23 for Djokovic.
The last time that they played, Roger Federer won 6-4 6-3 in the round robin in London (Nitto ATP Finals) in November 2019.
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Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.1, Rafael played his last match on the 12th of January when he had to bow to Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-64 in the final in the ATP Cup.
Rafael Nadal’s best result of the year was reaching the final in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney.