The world of tennis but in general the whole world of sport has experienced complicated moments (like all of us) over the last year and a half. The advent of the epidemic linked to the Coronavirus has caused countless deaths and even sport has had many, obviously less important, problems.
We had to stop for a few months due to the pandemic and especially in the first part of 2021 it was played without the presence of the public, clearly speaking to us a fundamental component for this sport. Now we are now at the end of the season and we analyze the most curious data that characterize the athletes of the circuit.
A ranking regarding the results of tennis players in these two years in which there was the pandemic has appeared on social networks. The ranking is not very revolutionized except perhaps for the two Canadians Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime or in the positive for our two blues with Matteo Berrettini in fourth place and Jannik Sinner in eighth place.
Despite the pandemic Novak Djokovic remained the absolute ruler of the circuit. In this 2021 he touched the Grand Slam Calendar by winning three consecutive Slam titles and collapsing only in the final at the US Open against his biggest rival currently, world number two Daniil Medvedev.
During the pandemic and therefore more or less from that 'cursed' March 2020 Novak Djokovic collected 78 wins and 12 defeats with a success rate of 86.7%. Behind by percentage and by losses is Daniil Medvedev who has won more races but has also collected more with 83 wins and 19 defeats.
Henin speaks about Djokovic
Justine Henin believes that Novak Djokovic will struggle to be as commanding at the Grand Slams with “Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev establishing themselves as the most dangerous rivals”.
“Daniil Medvedev is taking off. Zverev – it will be the year for him… I think he’s ready to go for a Grand Slam in 2022, obviously we’ll still have to see how he does over the five-set question, but you get the feeling that at some point, it’s going to work out for him.
He has taken on a new dimension. Medvedev and Zverev have established themselves as the most dangerous rivals. There will be the return of [Rafael] Nadal. Obviously, Dominic Thiem will be back. We’re happy to see these players back.
[Stefanos] Tsitsipas is going to have to manage his schedule quite differently. I think he’s a step down compared to the others in terms of competition”. However, Henin also notes that she doesn’t think Djokovic’s motivation or hunger will decrease and will lead to a thrilling 2022 season.
“And Novak Djokovic? What about his desire? We always have the feeling that Novak Djokovic’s appetite keeps growing. Will it continue like this? It is very difficult to say. He will still want to win. He certainly needs to recharge his batteries now."