2020 comes to an end and with it ends one of the best decades in history with three of the greatest sports legends. We don't have an exact ranking but Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have had incredible numbers over the course of their careers and we have seen it in this decade too.
The decade 2011-2020 saw these three players dueling for most of the Grand Slam titles and we recall that during their careers Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 20 Grand Slam titles and the current number 1 in the world Novak Djokovic he won 17.
With the end of the decade, new statistics are emerging and there are different data that give Djokovic the title probably of 'best tennis player of the decade' There is no specific ranking but over the years the Serbian champion has achieved record numbers.
The Serbian has had the best numbers in the Grand Slam tournaments but not only because even in the overall tournaments Nole is ahead of everyone. There are many statistics that intrigue and that see Djokovic's superiority: the world number one ended the season for the sixth time in his career at the top, putting himself ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and reaching another past champion like the American Pete Sampras.
Also noteworthy is the fact that Djokovic has been head-to-head this decade with all his biggest opponents, starting with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Gilles Cervara recently spoke about Novak Djokovic's double faults in the 1st set of his match against Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev went on to lift the ATP Finals trophy, going undefeated in London during the run.
Gilles Cervara on Novak Djokovic
While speaking during a French television program, Gilles Cervara claimed that he made a note during Daniil Medvedev's match with Novak Djokovic thanking the Serb for the double faults committed by him during a crucial game.
"At 5-3, I was focused on something else. I could no longer (make) notes but I remember that I marked 'Thank you Djoko'," said Cervara. "It's still the Masters, he (Djokovic) shows he's human too," Cervara said.
"Was he at his maximum level of determination? Is that what explains that at a given moment, he makes more mistakes than usual? Now, that's also down to Daniil's strength and what he gives off. Daniil Medvedev has shown that he is the strongest and it is certainly no coincidence that he has won the Rolex Paris Masters and the London Masters in quick succession," Cervara added.
Daniil Medvedev has overtaken Roger Federer in the ATP rankings, to climb up to World No. 4. He has now won three Masters 1000s and one ATP Finals title during his short time in the top echelon of men's tennis.