Carlos Alcaraz ended the current season at the top of the rankings. This tennis season was also affected by the fact that Novak Djokovic could not play in many top tournaments because he refused to be vaccinated for the coronavirus. Novak could not play in the Australian Open, the US Open, and 4 ATP1000 events in North America. In addition, Djokovic won Wimbledon, but he did not get the usual 2,000 points after the ATP refused to award any points after The Championships banned players from Russia and Belarus. For this reason, according to some tennis fans, Carlos Alcaraz does not deserve to be ranked at the top.
Djokovic supporting Alcaraz
During a recent interview, Novak Djokovic was once again gracious, saying that there is no doubt that the Spanish teenager deserves to be the world number 1.
“He deserves it, no doubt about it. I don’t want to go into a discussion about what if I played less or more, whatever. It is what it is. The reality is that he’s No. 1. He deserves to be there.
He won a slam. He won many matches in tournaments. He’s, I think, a great new face and a player for our sport. He’s a very nice guy. Works very hard. Has a good team of people around him. Represents himself and tennis in a good way. I find only the positive things to say about him,” said Novak.
Carlos Alcaraz in 2022
Ranked world no.1, the Spaniard played his last match on the 4th of November when he had to retire when playing against world no.10 Holger Rune in the quarter and the scoreline was 6-3 6-6 .
This season Alcaraz achieved an overall 57-13 record. Alcaraz has won 5 titles in 2022 in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid and U.S. Open. Carlos was the runner-up in Hamburg and in Umag.
Novak Djokovic in 2022
This year the Serbian achieved a composed 40-7 match record. Djokovic has won 4 titles in 2022 in Rome, Wimbledon, Tel Aviv and Astana. Djokovic was the runner-up in Belgrade and in Paris.
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic faced off just once. Their actual record is 1-0 for Alcaraz. When they played, Carlos Alcaraz won 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(5) in the semifinal in Madrid (Mutua Madrid Open) on the 7th of May 2022.
You can see them in action in the following highlights.
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic
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