Roger Federer has appeared little on the circuit in recent years, he has only played a few tournaments and after Wimbledon he could literally disappear from the ATP ranking. It seems almost impossible that, at the age of 41, Roger will return to the Top 2.
The situation is different for Rafa Nadal, who, with victories at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, is a candidate for this resounding possibility and perhaps dreams with a surprising and incredible return as number one in the world.
Everything will depend, however, on the physical condition and the condition of the foot of the Majorcan tennis player, who has had major problems in recent weeks. As for Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, everything is probably postponed until next year: the Serb will soon lose Wimbledon points and will also drop out of the world Top 3, and in the final part of the season he will not recover so many points and is called to make a great 2023 to get back on top.
The era of the big three is now in its final phase and the rankings are also set to be reshaped.
Davydenko opens up on Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is set to take part in the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, while being a major doubt for the US Open due to rules around unvaccinated travelers to the United States.
"He [Novak Djokovic] is getting older now, it will be interesting, but I am sure he wants to win a few more Slams. He has a good chance in Wimbledon and at the US Open, provided that he plays. Depends on his preparation," Davydenko said.
"Next season, I don’t know – with every year, it gets harder when you get to a certain age. I don’t think he will play until he is 40 – to win Slams at 40, best of five, there is no chance, not possible," Davydenko said.
The Serbian has been lackluster this season, winning a single title in Rome. Despite his impressive form in 2021, Djokovic is down at world no. 3 in the rankings now. Moreover, Djokovic is the defending champion but will have no ranking points to defend this year.
The Championships at SW19 will not have any ranking points in protest to the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the tournament. The former World No. 3 reminisced about an early encounter on the practice courts with a 17-year-old Novak Djokovic and said he saw a special spark in the Serbian right away.
"We were in Rome and he was my partner for the warmup before the match. I was surprised with the way he controlled the ball – I was hitting really good balls and each one came back. He moved really well too," Davydenko said.