The 2022 ATP season officially ended a few hours ago. It has been a very eventful year for the world of tennis, certainly different from the norm. We have seen cases like those of Novak Djokovic, excluded from some (very important) tournaments due to the decision not to get vaccinated, we have seen Russian tennis players excluded from Wimbledon (a tournament then played without points) and above all we have seen the farewell of the champion, or more well the legend of this sport Roger Federer.
Many things have changed, but fortunately there are things that never change and among them is Novak Djokovic. The season ended with Nole’s victory at the ATP Finals, winner of the sixth edition of this extraordinary tournament.
Nole’s tournament victory gave a great hand (not because of the final but because of the absences of Nadal and Tsitsipas) to Carlos Alcaraz who finished the season at number one in the world. The Murcian tennis player ends up at the top and will start again next year as number one in the world ranking.
In the top positions everyone scores points but it is Casper Ruud who, thanks to the final, overtook Tsitsipas and finished the season in third position. Fourth place for the Greek while Nole closes the Top 5: Djokovic gains three positions and ends the season among the top five players in the world.
An incredible record considering that Nole has lost points from three Grand Slam tournaments plus 1,000 different ones, but his numbers for this one are even scarier. Instead, he loses positions Daniil Medvedev, who falls to seventh position in the ranking, just a few points ahead of Rublev.
Hurkacz overtakes Rune and expels the Dane from the world Top 10, thus ending his 2022. Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini, the duo that skipped Davis and now thinks of 2023, remain stable.
Alcaraz went 57-13 in 2022
Mats Wilander has said that Carlos Alcaraz should not be compared to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
«I think it will be very difficult to digest 2022 for Alcaraz. But I also think (coach) Juan Carlos Ferrero will know exactly what they need to do. I think there is a validation process that has to happen for Carlos.
‘Am I really number 1 in the world?’ «I mean, ‘what are you putting me as number 1 at 19? He doesn’t have to be considered the best player, but one thing is for sure: it’s a lot of fun to watch him play tennis.» when he is so good and laughs at the same time.
He is the most inspiring tennis player we have for what he did in 2022 and above all for the way he did it. Never compare him with Rafa, Roger and Novak, the way he did he had never seen anything like that», expressed the Swede.