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The leaders of the ATP ranking have not won any tournament in 2022

The 2022 season in the world of tennis has been in full swing for six months now. Gone are the calendars affected by the pandemic, and this year the ATP circuit has been able to play its classic tournaments as it has always been used to. In recent times, moreover, the world ranking has undergone important changes, with Novak Djokovic giving up his crown to Daniil Medvedev, and with Alexander Zverev also beating the Serbian. Interestingly, the first two men in this classification that rewards regularity in the last 365 days They have not yet been able to lift any title so far this year.

The most striking case is that of Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has had golden opportunities in 2022 to add trophies to his record, but he has wasted all of them, including an Australian Open. To his defeat this year in the final of the Australian Grand Slam, we must add two other finals lost in the last two weeks (Bolduque and Halle). In the two Masters 1,000 that he has played (Indian Wells and Miami), his best result has been the quarterfinals, and in Acapulco he reached the semifinals. The Russian has played eight individual events (he missed almost the entire clay court tour), and he has not yet released his locker this year. More bloody is the data going back months. The last tournament won by him was the 2021 US Open, in September of last year, and this being his fourth title of the season. Then the world number one lost two more finals (Paris Masters 1,000 and ATP Finals). It’s already five title matches in which Medvedev has been defeated in a row.

Nor has he been able to bite any trophy Alexander Zverev. The German, absent on the grass tour due to his injury in the Roland Garros semifinals against Rafa Nadal, has lost the two finals he has reached in 2022 (Montpellier and Madrid). There are 10 individual events in which the number two in the world has participated, and, like Medvedev, he has not been able to expand his record either, which hasn’t budged since his triumph at the ATP Finals last year. At this point in 2021, Zverev already had two of the six titles he won last season. Nor does the situation improve much for Novak Djokovic, now number three in the world. The Serbian, accustomed to marching at this point with a good handful of titles under his arm, he has only won the Masters 1,000 in Rome this year. Djokovic has barely played six tournaments in this 2022 due to the problems that his refusal to get vaccinated has caused.

Far, therefore, the ATP ranking, which establishes the best of the last 365 days, with the Race to Turin, in which tennis players are ranked based on their performance since the start of the season. this second It is still led by the Spanish Rafa Nadal, with four tournaments won (Melbourne, Australia, Acapulco and Roland Garros) out of a total of just seven disputed. The Spaniard, who is fourth in the world ranking, heads this table with a more than ample advantage over the Second classified, the also Spanish Carlos Alcaraz. The Murcian has prevailed in four events (Rio, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid) of the eight he has played, and is seventh in the ATP ranking. To find one of the three world leaders in the Race You have to go down to fifth place, where Zverev is. Medvedev is sixth, while Djokovic is ninth. It is still strange to see this absence of titles among the best in the world.

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