In 2022 something has definitely changed on the ATP Tour, and we’re not talking just because Roger Federer retired. Also because despite the arrival of millennials, the ATP Tour pre and post Covid was still firmly in the hands of Rafael Nadal Y Novak Djokovic.
Things stayed more or less the same until Wimbledon during a rather strange season, but they ended differently. The weather will be gentlemanly, as ever, between the ATP Finals and the season stretch in Australia in 2023, what were alarm bells could become sirens.
We could start from the victory of Carlos Alcaraz in New York, from the extraordinary parade of Felix Auger Aliassime indoors, but above all from Holger Rune. That he had started the season as 103rd in the world and that thanks to his success in Paris-Bercy, in addition to becoming the first player in history to beat five Top 10 players in the same tournament, he has secured his place as first reserve in Turin.
ATP Masters 1000s 5 new champions in 2022 break Nadal and Djokovic
Beating among other things five of the top ten players in the world and Stan Wawrinka in the first round. In short: one of the most striking data, although presumably drugged by the absence of Novak Djokovic in the United States, undoubtedly refers to the Masters.
Taking into account that the Serbian champion would have reached seven in Paris and a total of thirty-nine in his career. The 2022 season saw five different ‘new’ champions in nine overall tournaments. The only one to win more than one title was Alcaraz, who after Miami triumphed in his Madrid stadium.
Among the surprises of the season, without a doubt, Taylor Fritz, who benefited from the loss of the world number one to qualify for the Finals, but also Pablo Carreño Busta in Canada, Borna Coric in Cincinnati and even Rune in Paris- Bercy.
In parentheses in red, Stefanos Tsitsipas’ encore in Monte Carlo. To find the only 1000 title of Djokovic, who missed the appointment with the title number thirty-nine, you have to go back even to Rome, in the ranking for the second time since 2005, Rafa Nadal is not present.