In the season of revelations, of defections, a season for all intents and purposes influenced by the absence of Novak Djokovic in Australia and the United States, only Carlos Alcaraz has managed to match the number of titles for the Serbian phenomenon.
Roland Garros apart, a war machine where he has played. The two share five tied titles, with Nadal on the bottom step of the podium tied with Félix Auger Aliassime and Andrey Rublev. In short: the world number one in addition to the ‘1000’ in Miami and Indian Wells (the only one of the season to win two category events in a season of five different champions) also won in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the year and on the ‘Rafa Nadal Court’ in Barcelona a historic title.
The most important success, of course, was that of the Us Open, which among other things allowed him to harpoon the first position in the ranking and end the season on the top. The situation is diametrically opposite for Novak Djokovic, who since Wimbledon, who has conceded no points this year, has lost essentially a single match, including the final against Holger Rune.
In between, Wimbledon, but also the doubles in Tel Aviv and Astana, the finals and, in the middle of the year, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, in the preview tournament. Nadal, who won his first twenty-one games of the season, had a decidedly complicated second half of the season with physical and personal problems.
However, he won consecutively the ‘250’ in Melbourne, the Australian Open, Acapulco and in between with a broken rib he also reached the final in Indian Wells. His last title, of course, in the red brick of Roland Garros, where he got his fourteenth pearl and, obviously, added the twenty-second piece to the necklace of Slam titles.
Rusedski pays tribute to Djokovic
In that context, former US Open runner-up Greg Rusedski believes Novak Djokovic is looking more at Court’s record than Nadal’s current tally. “I mean, let’s not forget that Martina Navratilova won her last Wimbledon title at 39, so I see Novak out there if she’s healthy for another four or five years, so imagine how many more Slams she’ll have under her belt.
I don’t think he wants to get the men’s record, I think he wants to get the all-time record. Margaret Court 24. Serena 23, she wants to be 25,» Greg Rusedski said while speaking to Prime Video. «There’s no question about it,» Rusedski said.
«He would have won it this year if he was allowed to play. He won it nine times, that’s his best Slam. There’s no question about it. Djokovic is just a step up, he’s just a world-class player, he’s got all the assets, he’s got everything you need».