This week the last major event of an atypical 2020 is taking place, the London ATP Finals. Here we will see the best tennis players of the season on English indoor hard courts and there is a lot of curiosity about who will take the tournament home.
The undisputed favorite on this surface is World number 1 and 17 Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic. The tennis player was the protagonist of an anomalous 2020, which began in the best way with the great victories at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open, continued with an incredible series of consecutive victories and then blocked by the Pandemic that stopped the tennis world.
The Serbian champion has received several criticisms in this period, since some of his statements through social media and also regarding the virus, then returned to the field for an exhibition and was strongly criticized for his attitude and for his management during the exhibition tournament Adria Tour.
Finally, at the resumption of tennis, his run to the Slams stopped: at the US Open he was disqualified as a great favorite for an unpleasant episode in the match with the Spanish Carreno Busta and subsequently at Roland Garros he fell clearly in the final against Rafael Nadal, winner of this of his twentieth career Grand Slam title.
According to Jim Courier, Novak Djokovic will win more Slams than either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal over the next few years.
Courier on the GOAT debate
Jim Courier meanwhile estimates that Novak Djokovic will win more Grand Slams going forward than either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, as long as he remains healthy.
“The way I see it....Novak will win more Majors from today than the other two players, I believe,” Courier said. “Nadal I think will be second in that competition. Federer, maybe he has another one in him. But I think Nadal has probably got 2-3 more in him, I think that Djokovic is somewhere in that 5-6 range, all assuming health”.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Melzer showered rich praise on the match between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals on Tuesday. The former player also revealed the thoughts that were being expressed about the match in the O2 Arena Player's Lounge.
"There aren't enough superlatives, it was tennis at its highest level,” Melzer said. “Some players watched from the lounge and couldn’t believe the level of play. They said it looked like PlayStation tennis without any mistakes.
Over 60 winners that’s just sick. Domi played the tiebreaks extremely well,” Melzer added. “The level was absolutely top of both of them. I can't think of a match that would have been better this year”.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’ win over Andrey Rublev sent Dominic Thiem into the semifinals while also knocking out the Russian. That means Rafael Nadal will have to fight it out against the Greek in a virtual quarterfinal on Thursday, with the winner set to join Thiem in the semis.