2020 is certainly an anomalous season for the world of tennis, a season where the sport has stopped due to the pandemic and where it is difficult to return to normal. Novak Djokovic started the season in the best way, winning the ATP Cup with his team, Serbia, and then winning the Australian Open, the seventeenth Grand Slam of his incredible career, by beating Dominic Thiem in the final.
One of the main goals of Novak Djokovic is to reach and exceed Federer's record of Grand Slam titles: the Swiss leads this particular ranking with 20 Slams, ahead of Rafael Nadal's 19 and Novak Djokovic's 17: thanks to the absence of Federer and Nadal, Djokovic will have a great chance at the next US Open where he will try to bring the other two world tennis phenomena closer.
There is another record instead where Djokovic is now ready to take the top
Yet another record involving Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
With the victory over Jan-Lennard Struff at the Western and Southern Open 2020, Djokovic reached his 68 career semifinal in the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.
With this victory Djokovic definitively detaches Roger Federer, currently at 66 wins, and he approaches the leader of this ranking, Rafael Nadal, at 73. The numbers of this record are incredible because Djokovic, Federer and Nadal dominate in the Masters 1000 clearly compared to all the competition: at 33 semifinals in these tournaments there is Andy Murray is fourth and is clearly behind the three world tennis phenomena.
There is also no active tennis player in the Top 10 of this ranking. The Big Three dominate not only in Grand Slam tournaments, but in almost any ranking involving all active tennis players. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are considered the 3 strongest tennis players of each era and as many often point out, it is difficult if not impossible to find three champion of this magnitude in the same era.
Djokovic is the only one of the Big Three who will play the US Open 2020: for the first time since 1999, there will be a Grand Slam without the presence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. But not only that, because for health safety conditions or for other reasons, many stars will not be in New York: out Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille , Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Jarry, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Andreescu, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, Wang Qiang, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Saisai Zheng, Julia Goerges, Barbora Strycova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Fiona Ferro, Lin Zhu, Yafan Wang, Anastasia Potapanova and Samantha Stosur.
Here is the complete ranking of the tennis players with the most semifinals in the Masters 1000 Atp tournaments: Rafael Nadal 73
Novak Djokovic 68
Roger Federer 66
Andy Murray 33
Andre Agassi 32
Pete Sampras 31
Andy Roddick 20
Tomas Berdych, Lleyton Hewitt 19
Michael Chang, Stefan Edberg, David Ferrer and Yevgeny Kafelnikov 18.