US Open to host temporary hospital & Federer back in action31 March 2020 / Miguel Coelho
What's been happening in Tennis during the last few days?
After another competitive season, the world's best tennis players are preparing for 2020. The holiday period after the ATP Finals in London is the perfect time to look back and see what happened in 2019 and what could happen in 2020. The big three continue to dominate the major tournaments, but there are a couple of players ready to bother the hegemony of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, the most successful trio in the history of the sport.
Nadal and Djokovic share the Grand Slams
In 2019 Novak Djokovic added two Grand Slam titles to his CV, the same ones that Rafael Nadal and both approached Roger Federer's maximum record (20). The Serbian get the crown in Australia (setting the new record of seven victories in Melbourne) and Wimbledon. He has now 16 Majors, three less than Nadal, who kept his distance after his "usual" triumph at Roland Garros (12) and the US Open. Federer is now only one major ahead of the Spaniard, who at the end of the season also won another title - he is now a married man.
Thiem, for sure
World number four won at Indian Wells, Barcelona, Kitzbuhel, China and Vienna and reach the final at Roland Garros and ATP Finals. A brilliant season for Thiem, who let stats speak for himself. The Austrian is the main candidate to enter in the Top 3 next season.
Top 10 comes close
The nine Masters 1000 tournaments of the season met 6 different winners - only Djokovic, Nadal and Danil Medvedev have managed to win two tournaments in this category. A clear sign that new players already are a threat to the big three in the 3 sets tournaments. Dominic Thiem (Indian Wells), Roger Federer (Miami), Fabio Fognini (Monte Carlo), Novak Djokovic (Madrid and Paris), Rafael Nadal (Rome and Montreal) and Danil Medvedev (Cincinnati and Shanghai) were the winners in 2019. If we add Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won the London ATP finals in the list, there are seven different winners in the 10 tournaments.
Tsitsipas and Medvedev's statement
Two names were projected for the world tennis elite during the 2019 season: Danil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Russian finished the season with four titles (Sofia, Cincinnati, Shanghai, and St. Petersburg) and was the runner-up five times. He has too many points to defend next season. Equally brilliant was the performance of Tsitsipas. The Greek won in Marseille, Estoril and surprised everyone by playing perfect tennis to win the ATP Finals in London. Was runner-up for three times and ends the year with number 6.
Zverev and Berrettini waiting for big opportunities
Some players cannot be forgotten in next season's projection. German Alexander Zverev won only a title in 2019 (Geneva), but his tennis level was raised during the season. Another name is Matteo Berrettini. The Italian finished the year with two titles (Hungary and Stuttgart), entered the top 10 and reached the semi-finals of a major.
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