Novak Djokovic has overtaken Stefanos Tsitsipas at the top of the FedEx ATP Race A Turin, after the World No. 1 rallied from 0-2 in sets for the sixth time in his career to win the Roland Garros title. Djokovic started the fortnight in Paris just 190 points behind Tsitsipas and on Sunday he beat the Greek star 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to claim his 19th title of Grand Slam.
This leaves the Serbian superstar just one trophy behind the all-time leaders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (both at 20). Tsitsipas, who had led the year-to-date standings in 2021 since claiming his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on April 18, is now 610 points behind Djokovic (5,170) with 4,560 points behind his first Grand Slam final.
Djokovic beat 13-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, who now appears in fourth place (2,940), in the semifinals. The 34-year-old Djokovic has captured the Nitto ATP Finals title five times (2008, ’12 -15) and is looking to finish 2021 as No.
1 at the end of the year for the seventh year, which would be a record and break a tie with Pete Sampras (1993-98) for the most year-end No. 1s in FedEx ATP Rankings history. Djokovic has compiled a match record of 27-3 in 2021.
Alexander Zverev (2,970), Nadal, Andrey Rublev (2,770) and Daniil Medvedev (2,590 points), who are in third to sixth place respectively, are separated by only 380 points as the battle to secure a spot in Turin begins to intensify at the midpoint of the 2021 season.
Matteo Berrettini improved his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals for the second time in three years (also in 2019) after reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals (l. To Djokovic). Three-time Slam champion Andy Murray recently gave his thoughts on the GOAT debate, throwing his weight equally behind Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Murray believes that his three rivals have all achieved extraordinary feats which can givem them a claim to be better than the others.
Andy Murray talks about Roger Federer
“I mean, none of their careers are finished yet, so I think obviously you have to wait and see what happens,” Andy Murray said.
“But, I mean, all of them – yeah, for me, the fact he’s (Novak Djokovic) won every Masters Series twice. And yesterday has won every Slam twice as well, which for him is something that obviously stands out as where you could make that argument, well, you know, that is incredible what he’s done.
Then with Roger Federer, you know, he’s been doing it all multiple kinds of generations now,” Andy Murray said. “He’s still able to compete at the highest level. He’s 39 years old. You know, his record and his results on grass are unmatched.
You know, all of them have, you know, things that or achievements that you could argue make them better than another. I mean, I’m not, I don’t know if they are, maybe they are, but I’m not that fussed about who is the best,” Murray said.
“I think there is no doubt that it’s been the best era in tennis history. So it’s incredible what all of them have done. It’s been great to have played during that period and also challenging.”