'I couldn't hurt Novak Djokovic with...', says former ace

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'I couldn't hurt Novak Djokovic with...', says former ace

The year 2022 was as unusual as it was unusual for Serbian champion Novak Djokovic. The Balkan tennis player, former number one in the world, lost the leadership of the ATP ranking, which he had held for some time. The Serbian champion has been banned from many tournaments this season due to his decision not to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

Many excellent exclusions, especially those from the Australian and US tournaments, but despite this, the talented Balkan has won five tournaments this season. Some minor tournaments, but above all historic victories like the 21st Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon and, above all, the ATP finals in Turin.

The tournament held a few days ago in Italy saw Nole join Roger Federer with six Finals wins and counting. The success in Turin, in the final over the Norwegian Casper Ruud, was a new record in an extraordinary race, which is destined to remain in the history of the sport.

Djokovic has some incredible longevity numbers and despite being a bit ahead, even with age, the Serb is still getting great results. There are no less than 11 seasons in which Novak Djokovic has achieved at least five titles or more during his career.

This year the biggest show of force with Nole winning five titles despite only playing a small part of this season. Djokovic finished the season as the tennis player with the most titles, on a par with Carlos Alcaraz and ahead of Rafael Nadal.

An extraordinary season from Djokovic, who joined Jimmy Connors in this particular ranking, the only tennis player so far to have won at least five titles in 11 different seasons.

Ferrer pays tribute to Djokovic

Former World No.

3 David Ferrer has stated that he found Novak Djokovic the toughest competitor of his career. "This depends on the characteristics of each player. I never beat Federer, but for me the feeling was that when Djokovic was good he was the one who made me feel most uncomfortable, because he couldn't hurt him with any of my punches," Ferrer said.

"And from the way I played, I had the feeling that when he was fine he couldn't even beat him in one game," he added. Thus, Nole has only advanced Roger Federer in this ranking, who has stayed in 10 seasons while Rafa Nadal is behind with 9 seasons with at least 5 titles.

The Spaniard is the only one who can still chase Djokovic in this ranking, among the tennis players still active.