We can argue about how Federer and Nadal have changed tennis, but the data speaks clearly: the Serb is the strongest in history
Novak Djokovic will surpass 400 weeks as world no.1, thanks to yesterday’s success in his debut match against Holger Rune at the ATP Finals in Turin. The Serbian improved some records that previously belonged to him, underlining once again that, at least when it comes to records, numbers and statistics, he is the GOAT.
The Serbian needed only one victory to secure first place in the ranking at the end of the season, to the detriment of his rival Carlos Alcaraz. This is the eighth time for him. For 8 seasons the 24-time slam champion finished the year as world number one.
Crazy numbers that increasingly embellish his legendary career. Next week the 36-year-old Serbian champion will reach 400 weeks at the top of the ATP ranking. Another impressive milestone achieved in the era of two other champions who shared the rankings with him throughout their careers, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, however, doesn’t want to stop here. Having archived yet another result, he will try to win the masters tournament for the 7th time in his career, for which he already holds the record jointly with Federer (6). Beyond those who claim that the GOAT of tennis is Roger Federer, for what he did and what he gave to tennis, or Rafael Nadal, for his indelible records, there are the numbers.
Cold, they may not be as exciting as an epic duel between Federer and Nadal, but the numbers don’t lie. The numbers say that Djokovic is the greatest tennis player in history. You can debate style, epicness, you can discuss how much Federer and Nadal have given to tennis.
It can be highlighted that without the Swiss and the Spanaird, tennis would not be so popular and, without them, Djokovic would have arisen. All this can be debated. Not about numbers. The numbers are not precise, they leave no doubt to interpretations.
It’s the beauty of mathematics: it cannot be doubted, it is not questionable. Just as the data that says Novak Djokovic is the GIAT is not. Djokovic’s words At the press conference, Nole explained: “It means a lot to me. I knew that I needed a victory to achieve the goal and end the season as number one.
I wanted it to happen already this evening, I didn’t want to prolong or complicate the situation. I’m really grateful that I was able to do it. It’s always been a big goal of mine. Besides the Grand Slam tournaments, this is what matters most.
Finishing the season at the top of the rankings at this stage of my life and career is incredible. At the beginning of the year I didn’t prioritize this goal, I focused more on the Slam tournaments. Thanks to the excellent results achieved, especially in the Majors, I accumulated points and put myself in a good position. Whatever happens in this tournament now will be a bonus for me.”