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2022 has been a rather turbulent year for Novak Djokovic, and that’s putting it mildly. He endured one of the most troublesome starts to a year that I’ve ever seen by being deported from Australia in January. One can only imagine what that experience did to him mentally, even if it now looks like he will be allowed to compete in the 2023 Australian Open. Following that, Djokovic was forced to miss another major at the US Open due to his vaccination status.
So that was two majors out of the four that he had to miss in 2022. Adding to the problems, he wasn’t allowed to compete in any of the Masters 1000 events in the United States throughout the entire year. Most mere mortals would crumble under those kinds of setbacks. But let’s not forget that we’re not talking about your average everyday athlete here.
We’re talking about arguably the greatest tennis player to ever live. And when all is said and done for the 2022 season, Djokovic still produced a year to remember. Let’s take a look at exactly what he has achieved this year despite such difficult setbacks.
Novak Djokovic the Undefeatable – His 2022 Summary
I know – the great Serbian player can of course be beaten on a tennis court, albeit how difficult or near-impossible this seems at times. However, I’ve chosen to call him the undefeatable for 2022 as the man just bounces back no matter what’s been thrown his way. I say this in terms of both his on-court and off-court endeavours. And after running through the achievements listed here, I have a feeling you might agree with my opinion on the possible GOAT of our sport.
One Grand Slam Title – 21 in Total
For a man that is so used to winning Grand Slam titles, being forced to miss two of the four must have been incredibly tough. Yet despite that, Djokovic has still wrapped up the 2022 season with a 50% success record in terms of Grand Slam entries and titles. Amazingly, despite having essentially zero grass court competition under his belt for the year, he claimed his 7th Wimbledon title. This edges him ever closer to Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slam wins.
One Masters 1000 Title – 38th of His Career
It goes without saying that Masters 1000 tournaments were few and far between for Novak Djokovic in 2022. Sure, he managed to play a few of them, but his preparations weren’t exactly ideal for any of them really. Once again, despite that, Djokovic still captured a Masters 1000 title in Rome, and he nearly won the recent Paris Masters too.
One ATP Finals Title – 6th of His Career
Winning the end-of-year finals is something that many players can only dream of. However, if your name is Novak Djokovic, it almost feels like this is something that he expects. And yesterday, he showed the world why he is arguably the greatest player that tennis has ever seen. He put on a masterclass against Casper Ruud to win his 6th ATP Finals title, which equals Roger Federer’s record.
Could he do it again and actually break the record? I wouldn’t bet against it!