Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: which of them was the real leader of the season? Rafa will officially come back as the new world no.1 on November 4th, the date when the Serb will lost the points of the finals reached last year in Paris Bercy and at the London Finals.
Almost a year later, Nadal will come back to the throne of the ATP ranking, after a simply incredible season. Rafa, monumental at Roland Garros and at the US Open, and the winner also in Rome and at the Rogers Cup played a very regular season for performances and results, also thanks to the Australian Open final lost against Djokovic and the Wimbledon semi-final loss against Roger Federer.
Despite the torments on his wrist, the Spaniard should be at the O2 Arena in London for the ATP Finals, the only tournament that is still missing in his incredible collection. But as seen during the year, for the continuity of results during all twelve months and for the competitiveness on all surfaces, Nadal was perhaps the true leader of the season, perhaps even more than Djokovic, who won two Majors, but he had some more negative periods than the Spaniard.
Nadal is still looking for his first victory at the Finals, which would certify a sensational season and a career during which he won every possible title. At only one Slam from Federer's record, Nadal also seems destined to overcome the twenty Majors of the Swiss, becoming also the most titled tennis player ever in the Slams.
In addition, on October 19th Rafa married his girlfriend Francisca Perello in Palma de Mallorca, to crown a stable and lasting relationship, a veritable icing on the cake of his 2019. In short, after a season like this, Rafa laid the foundations for a new kingdom as number one.
Thanks to his strength, from 2020 he will fight for goals that the for first time in his career are one step away from becoming a reality: overcome Federer and win at least one title in all the ATP competitions.