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 knew how 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 one 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 is the ninth time he has exceeded 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 win rates of over 85% since 2011, the first year in which he won three of four Slam tournaments; the streak continued unbroken until 2016.
Its highest point was reached in 2015, when its winning percentage reached 93%, while in 2011 it ‘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 following his historic sixth ATP Finals victory. “(Novak Djokovic) took a few days off (after the Wimbledon win), but he has to start practicing because we were expecting good news from the US,” he said at the Finals press conference for the ATP.
I was there waiting. That’s another wait, wait, wait. She was practicing, she was preparing, and we were waiting. The news did not arrive. Then Cincinnati passed. Another week. Then when the US Open started, we knew we weren’t going to the United States.
I spent my summer very well. I was in Umag. We had a great tournament. I was with my family. But I wanted to go to New York. I wanted to be there. Unfortunately, the US is not open yet and hopefully they will be very soon,” she said.