Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are among the most popular tennis players in history. Many thought they would play a central role in the Netflix docuseries “Break Point,” or at least this was the initial rumours.
During an interview with the Associated Press, executive producer James Gay-Rees explained why they decided not to focus on the tennis legends.
“It’s hard to imagine another sport that has been so dominated by a handful of individuals for so long. But they are at the end of the cycle — barring, obviously, Novak and Rafa, to some extent. The changing of the guard is happening,” said Gay-Rees.
What about Tsitsipas?
James said that there are some very interesting players, such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, who are extremely interesting but unknown to people who are not die hard tennis fans.
“And therefore, the timing was really good, too. Because I love tennis, but I’m like, ‘Who is Tsitsipas?’ Do you know what I mean? In all honesty,” he added. “But actually, you realize, ’My God, he’s No. 5 in the world. He’s a reall, seriously good tennis player and he’s a really interesting guy. And I’d like to know more about him.’ Because all I’ve heard for the last 15-20 years is, ‘Roger, Roger, Roger. Serena, Serena, Serena.’ For a reason, right?
Obviously, we’re not disputing that because they’re legends and icons. But I think it was really exciting shining a light on a new generation.”
Rafael Nadal in 2022
Until now, during this year Rafael has achieved an overall 39-8 record. Rafael clinched 4 titles in 2022 in Melbourne, Australian Open, Acapulco and French Open. The Spaniard was the finalist in Indian Wells.
Novak Djokovic in 2022
Now the world no.5, Novak played his last match on the 20th of November when he overcame world no.3 Casper Ruud 7-5 6-3 in the final in the Nitto ATP Finals to win his 91st career title.
Currently, during this season Djokovic has an overall 42-7 match record. The Serbian conquered 5 titles in 2022 in Rome, Wimbledon, Tel Aviv, Astana and the Nitto ATP Finals. Djokovic got to the final in Belgrade and Paris.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fought against each other 59 times. The head to head is 30-29 for Djokovic. Before, the last time they fought against each other, Rafael Nadal won 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6(4) in the quarter in Paris (French Open) on the 31st of May 2022.
In the following video you can watch the key moments of their match.
Serena Williams in 2022
Until now, during this year the American has a 3-4 record.