Diffcult year for Novak – ‘Novak Djokovic took some days off but…’,
Even in a difficult year like 2022, Novak Djokovic is still breaking records. Forced to miss several tournaments for not getting vaccinated against Covid19, the former world number one managed to win a title in each category: an ATP 250 (Tel Aviv), an ATP 500 (Astana), a 1000 tournament (Rome), the Finals ATP and a Grand Slam title (Wimbledon).
A booty that he managed to conquer despite the limitations he had to face: stopped in the first part of the season, from Australia until his return to Dubai; then another stopped, with the non-exit to North America, also skipping the Us Open.
Thus, of the 49 games played, the balance is 42 won and 7 lost: the balance of victories, therefore, is 85.71%. A figure, however, that is not surprising, considering that it is not the first season in which the twenty-one-time Slam champion has reached this figure.
In fact, it’s the ninth time he’s surpassed 85% wins in a single season. No one before Novak Djokovic has managed to exceed that percentage for nine different years: he is the first tennis player to do so. This milestone can be divided into two precise phases of his career: he has achieved more than 85% winning rates since 2011, the first year in which he won three of the four Slam tournaments; the streak continued unbroken until 2016.
His highest point was reached in 2015, when his winning percentage reached 93%, while in 2011 he ‘stopped’ at 92%. He was unable to replicate that success from 2017 to 2019; despite the fact that they were years, especially the last two, in which he won Grand Slam titles and more.
Ivanisevic praises Djokovic
Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic recently reflected on the Serb’s turbulent 2022 season after his historic sixth ATP Finals win. “(Novak Djokovic) took some days off (after Wimbledon victory), but he has to start to practice because we were hoping for good news from U.S.,” he said at the ATP Finals press conference, “I had my bags packed.
I was there waiting. That’s another waiting, waiting, waiting. He was practicing, he was preparing, and we were waiting. The news were not coming. Then Cincinnati passed. Another week. Then when US Open kind of started, we knew we not going to the States.
I spent my summer very nice. I was in Umag. We had a great tournament. Was with my family. But I wanted to go to New York. I wanted to be there. Unfortunately, U.S. is not open yet, and hopefully they’re going to do it very soon,” he said.