The freezing of the ranking at the time of Covid-19, the new ways to count points and establish the ranking of the ATP Tour in this last season have created quite a few controversies among tennis players, professionals and fans.
A complex method that allowed some to take advantage of the situation, playing fewer tournaments but still maintaining a high position, and others to suffer it and be heavily penalized (especially for those who wanted to recover and climb positions).
After much criticism, a decision was reached to completely restore the ranking with the pre-pandemic methods in the summer of 2022, when the Cincinnati Master 1000 will be held. Numbers company Jeu, Set et Maths has carried out an in-depth analysis of the performance of the various players over the last 28 weeks and has compiled what would be the 'real' ranking at this time.
The same experts, rightly, have noted and underlined that: with the freezing of the points the roadmap of the last few seasons would not have been this and that the tournaments would not have been the same (also with regard to drawing up the seeded players on the eve of any competition).
They then added: "This ranking doesn't make much sense right now; however, it turns out to be a fairly coherent and sensible approach with what, by merit, the current ranking should be." Looking at the two sides of the coin, the differences would be different and also very interesting.
In fact, the world number one would no longer be Novak Djokovic but Daniil Medvedev, fresh winner of the US Open, with just 155 points ahead. Then, to close the podium, the German Alexander Zverev would follow, who would gain the position on Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th).
[CLASSEMENT HORS GEL] Les grands perdants*
?? Holger Rune | -54 places
?? Sebastian Baez | -54 places
?? Tomas Martin Etcheverry | -49 places
?? Oscar Otte | -46 places
?? Bernabe Zapata Miralles | -41 places
* Plus grands écarts entre classement hors gel (Top 100) et officiel pic.twitter.com/WJ8RauxVJG — Jeu, Set et Maths (@JeuSetMaths) September 18, 2021
Becker: "We got used to talking only about Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic"
The Big 3 have been the main attraction on the men's circuit over the past decade and a half.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have broken most of the records, as well as being paired at 20 Grand Slams each. The Serbian phenomenon had a great chance to overtake his eternal rivals at the US Open last Sunday, but he gave up clearly in the final against the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
The number 1 in the world remains the one with the greatest chances of winning other majors, even if the competition of the Next Gen is starting to be felt also for the 34-year-old from Belgrade. Roger and Rafa, on the other hand, are very far from the glories of the past, due to their age and the numerous physical problems that have plagued them in recent months.
The Swiss had to have his right knee operated for the third time, while the Spaniard is trying to resolve a foot injury that has limited him to seven tournaments in all of 2021. Both are expected to return to action in 2022.
In a lengthy Eurosport interview, former German champion Boris Becker illustrated how fans and insiders need to get used to new faces. Becker said: "Logically, Novak Djokovic will continue to play an important role next year as well.
I hope that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will recover as soon as possible and return to competition, but it cannot be denied that there are now many young players on the launching pad. Just think of players like Alcaraz, Rune, Sinner, Auger-Aliassime, without forgetting of course Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
All of these guys are poised to dominate men's tennis in the next few years. There will be great uncertainty, we will no longer have just three names. For 15 years we have only talked about Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, because they have won everything and have broken all kinds of records.
Now we have to get used to talking about the tennis players of the new generation, so that even the fans are passionate about their stories."