Taylor Fritz and Novak Djokovic have something very important in common in this 2022: the American and the Serbian are in fact the only two men in the world capable of winning titles in an ATP 250, ATP 500 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
Both have come full circle this week after winning respectively in Tokyo and Astana, adding the ATP 500 category event needed to make an en plein that, for the moment, players like Alcaraz still lack (they lack an ATP 500), Nadal (missing an ATP Masters 1000) or Stefanos Tstisipas (missing an ATP 500).
It is worth remembering that Novak Djokovic, like the two Spaniards, also lifted a Grand Slam thanks to his seventh triumph at Wimbledon, while Fritz still seems far from the maximum goal. Beyond the points issue linked to Wimbledon, also the points system of the ranking inexorably rewards Nadal and Alcaraz, relegating Nole to seventh place (he would have been third with Wimbledon points) and Fritz to eighth position, his best ranking.
The American is the 179 player to enter the top 10 since the establishment of the ATP ranking. In total, the Serbian can instead count from this morning 755 overall weeks in the top 10 in the world and has the third longest continuity series in the top-10 of active players, behind Zverev's 250 and Nadal's astronomical figure of 890.
absolute recordman. In addition, all the aforementioned tennis players are practically certain of qualification for the ATP Finals, while the American occupies the last valid position for a few points to get a ticket for Turin with still 1750 points to be awarded and many still in the running.
Virtually all tennis players up to the 20th position of the temporary race still have the chance to qualify for the year-end Master which will be played in Italy for the second consecutive year. Even if the hopes of qualification of the two Azzurri in the race remain intact.
Matteo Berrettini will try to get back to the ATP in Florence as early as this week, while Jannik Sinner is still in the pits due to injury. Fritz will rest this week to prepare for the final rush.