Novak Djokovic is gunning to win an all-time report seventh ATP Finals title this 12 months. If he does so, he would overtake certainly one of his massive rivals, Roger Federer, who stands with 6 of these in the intervening time. Many think about Djokovic and Federer within the high 2 of the ‘Big Three’ of tennis, which incorporates Rafael Nadal and the ATP Finals is a giant cause for a similar.
Rafael Nadal has by no means received the ATP Finals and a big a part of the explanation was operating loads into the unsurmountable peaks of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, particularly on the indoors onerous court docket floor. Most of the Nadal vs Federer rivalry was within the Spaniard’s favor as he led 24-16 on head-to-head. However, what that doesn’t inform is how the Swiss legend dominated him within the year-ending event.
Incredibly, Roger Federer has a 4-1 lead over Rafael Nadal within the ATP Finals. Federer beat Nadal in almost all knockout matches of the competitors, i.e. the 2006 and 2007 semifinals in addition to the 2010 remaining match. In 2011, Federer prevailed once more of their earliest assembly ever within the competitors, on the spherical robin stage. It was solely in 2013, in Nadal’s nice comeback season and when Federer was on a decline, that the Spaniard cracked the code to win in opposition to his archrival within the event, beating him within the semifinals.
However, even the Rafael Nadal of 2013 couldn’t beat Novak Djokovic in that 12 months’s remaining. Now, right here is the place it will get attention-grabbing. Roger Federer has a greater report than Novak Djokovic in opposition to Rafael Nadal within the event’s historical past. If the Nadal vs Djokovic rivalry is taken into consideration on the ATP Finals, the Spaniard performed him 5 occasions as nicely however solely trails 2-3.
Besides the 2013 remaining, Djokovic beat him twice extra, i.e. in 2009 spherical robin and 2015 semifinals phases. And Nadal’s finest possibilities of successful the event arguably got here in 2009, 2010 and 2013 when he was himself successful different massive titles in tennis greater than Federer and Djokovic. While the Spaniard misplaced out clearly in 2006, 2007 and 2015 as a consequence of completely different causes.
Novak Djokovic received each the ATP Finals tournaments put up 2010 through which he beat Rafael Nadal. Perhaps, Djokovic will need to have seen how Federer led the way in which in the case of defeating Rafa on the floor. Taking a leaf out of Federer’s e book maybe, the Serb made a robust indoors sport for himself and challenged the trailblazer too, successful 4 out of their 7 contests.
In the eyes of many immediately, the zero in Rafael Nadal’s column in the case of ATP Finals titles received is a large blot largely since his rivals have received it. And Novak Djokovic has 7 titles to his title alone, making him a extra ‘versatile’ participant than the Spaniard. Had Nadal crushed Federer at a time when it was simply them and Djokovic was not within the combine, then even having lesser variety of ATP Finals titles would have maybe nonetheless made the 22-time Grand Slam champion command extra respect from the tennis world.
Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic within the ATP Finals
Roger Federer had a 77.6% win proportion, successful 59 out of the 76 matches he performed in. On the opposite hand, Novak Djokovic is second, having a 72.7% win proportion, successful 48 out of his 66 matches up to now.
Federer qualified 18 times for the event, which is one other report. While the 2023 version was the sixteenth time Djokovic performed on the occasion. The Swiss maestro received the event in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. But the Serb took over from him, successful in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2022 and 2023.