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‘When I arrived, Roger Federer was already at…’, says ATP ace

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Novak Djokovic, former world number one, has lost the leadership of the ATP ranking, which he held for a long time. The Serbian champion has been excluded from many tournaments this season, due to the choice not to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

Many exclusions, first of all from the tournaments in Australia and the United States, but despite this the Balkan talent has won five tournaments this season. Some minor tournaments but above all historical victories such as the twenty-first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon and especially the ATP Finals in Turin.

The tournament that took place a few days ago in Italy allowed Nole to reach 6 wins in the Roger Federer Finals and more. The success of Turin, in the final over the Norwegian Casper Ruud, gave another record of an extraordinary race, a race destined to remain in the history of this sport.

Djokovic has incredible longevity numbers and despite being a little ahead, also with age, the Serb continues to achieve great results. There are 11 seasons in which Novak Djokovic has won at least 5 titles or more throughout his career.

This year the most important show of force with Nole who has won five titles despite having played only a small part of this season. Djokovic has finished the season as the tennis player with the most titles, on a par with Carlos Alcaraz and ahead of Rafael Nadal.

An extraordinary season for Djokovic, who has caught up with Jimmy Connors in this particular ranking, the only player so far to have won at least 5 titles in 11 different seasons. Nole has thus unseated only Roger Federer in this ranking, stopped in 10 seasons while Rafa Nadal has 9 seasons with at least 5 titles.

The Spaniard is the only one who can still chase Djokovic in this ranking, among the tennis players who are still active.

Wawrinka pays tribute to Federer

Guest of the program in Aparté on Canal Plus this Thursday, Stan Wawrinka returned to the essential role played by Roger Federer in his career.

“When I arrived, Roger was already practically at the top of tennis. He took me like a big brother. He helped me, we trained a lot together. I was lucky enough to be able to rub shoulders with him a lot, in training, in tournaments.

In the Davis Cup, we shared a lot of things. Then he just became a friend. We were somewhat on the same level, not career, but behavior, mutual aid. I owe him a lot in my career.”

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