Tennis: Djokovic reopens the debate over who is the best tennis player of all time

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both are entering the typically final stages of a tennis player’s career, but both powerhouses are still battling for major titles.

With the Serb’s recent Wimbledon win, the debate over who is the best in tennis history has reignited.

Djokovic draws level with Federer and remains one behind Nadal

Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios to end a drought that had plagued him over the last year. Novak already has one more Grand Slam than the injured Roger Federer and is a crown away from Rafa’s 22 overall.

More weeks as ATP leader

The world rankings represent the consistency of tennis players and Djokovic broke the record of 310 weeks at the helm of Federer on March 8, 2021. He collects 373. Nadal is at 209.

Record for points in a season

In the 2015 campaign, Djokovic set a record that will never be equaled again. He collected 16,785 points thanks to 11 titles: Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Wimbledon, US Open, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris-Bercy and Masters Cup.

First place at the Masters 1000

Tennis pros insist that tennis isn’t just about the four Grand Slams, and they’re not wrong. Then come the nine Masters 1000 tournaments scattered around the world. Djokovic also has the most titles at 37, one more than Nadal. The Swiss is third at 28.

The only player to win all nine TMS

Djokovic is the only player to have won all nine Masters 1000 titles. In fact, he has done so on at least two occasions. In 2015 he won six of the nine. Nadal is absent from Miami, Shanghai and Paris-Bercy, as well as Federer Monte-Carlo and Rome.

Double in the majors

With his recent Australian Open triumph, Nadal became only the second player in the Open Era to win at least twice at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. At the French Open in 2021, he reached the mark set by Djokovic.

The longest reigning champion with nine majors over 30

The diet and routines that the Belgrade tennis player follows outside of competition are paying off. On Sunday he won his ninth Grand Slam in his 30s, 35 years and 49 days to be precise. Nadal collects eight over-30 Grand Slams while Federer has won four.

champion cup

Djokovic has won the ATP Masters Cup a total of five times, equaling the record held by Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras. Only Federer has won more with six triumphs. Rafa is yet to win the Masters, which will move from London to Turin this season.

Djokovic leads the head-to-head race

Djokovic has a favorable head-to-head record with Federer with 27 wins to 23. Against the Spaniard, the precedents are 30-29.

Best percentage of games won with the top 10

Djokovic has a record of 232 wins to 107 losses against the top 10 of the ATP ranking. That’s a win ratio of 68.4. Nadal has 185 wins and 100 losses with a percentage of 64.9 and Federer has 224 wins and 123 losses (64.6 percent).

A Davis Cup to Nadal’s five

Djokovic won the Davis Cup for the first and only time in 2010. Rafa, on the other hand, has won five out of six Spanish Davis Cups.

Nadal’s double Olympic gold vs bronze

Nadal topped the podium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Eight years later, however, he repeated gold in doubles, while Djokovic won bronze in the Chinese capital.

Four more titles

Nadal has won four more tournaments (92-88) than the defending Wimbledon champion.

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