Novak Djokovic certainly had one of the best seasons of his career. The Serbian champion won the first three majors of the year and then came close to the Grand Slam at the US Open, where he only lost in the final to Daniil Medvedev.
After the disappointment in New York, Djokovic returned to the field in Paris-Bercy and won his 37th Masters 1000, surpassing Rafael Nadal in this special ranking. In Paris, Djokovic also set yet another incredible record and ended the year at the top of the world rankings for the seventh time.
The Belgrade player shared the lead with Pete Sampras, who acknowledged his greatness in a recent interview. "I have been the best for many years, but he has done more than me. He has been more continuous, he has won more tournaments, more Grand Slam.
I don't think in the future anyone will be able to finish seven seasons in a row as the best in the world. Plus he did it at a time when he dominated Federer and Nadal and contained the next generation. I was very impressed with his transformation from a talented young athlete, mentally a bit fragile, to what he is today.
For me he is the best ever." Djokovic, on the other hand, was unable to catch Roger Federer for the number of titles won at the ATP Finals (Federer 6 - Djokovic 5, ed). He was stopped by Alexander Zverev, who then won the Tournament of Masters for the second time. It was the Swiss who talked about Djokovic to the microphones of Sky Sport Italia.
Roger said: "Novak has had an incredible career, he is doing very well in Turin and together we have played fantastic matches. He has been on the crest of the wave for more than ten years. He knows what he wants and he knows how to win.
Is tennis changing? I think a lot of guys are going very strong with forehand and backhand. If in the past he was weaker on one of the two shots, now he hits very hard with both. I think you need to find the right balance, but many players have found an excellent level of tennis.
And more baseline tennis, I think this will be the future of the game."
Peng Shuai: "I'm fine, but I ask you..."
In the last few hours, a new video of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has appeared. The former number one in the world has been missing for weeks and, while many in Europe are moving to ask for clarity on the matter, new pics arrives in China that testifies that Peng has no problem, at least, apparently.
Through her Twitter profile, a Chinese journalist, close enough to the local government, published a video of Peng engaged in a local event with children. According to this reporter, this video is from the last hours and to testify it he published shortly after a video of the woman having lunch in a restaurant with her agent.
A situation yet to be deciphered with the WTA asking for further evidence and official testimony from the tennis player. Peng Shuai talked by videoconference with the president of the International Olympic Committee Bach, reassuring him, apparently, about her condition.
She said: "I'm fine and I'm safe, I want respect for my privacy." She said it after days of concern over her disappearance following reports of abuse by former Beijing deputy prime minister, Zang Ghaoli.
This was reported by a note from the IOC The Peng Shuai's issue is making and continues to be discussed throughout the world. The former number one in the world of women's doubles has been missing for a few weeks and the world of sport has mobilized for the athlete to be found.
In the last few hours, some photos and videos of the tennis player struggling in a Chinese event had been released on social networks, but there was still no official statement by the tennis player and the WTA had still said it was perplexed about the story, not judging the shots arrived on the tennis player to be sufficient Chinese, winner of Roland Garros and Wimbledon in doubles tournaments.
IOC President Thomas Bach and two members of the Olympic organization held a video call with Peng. A picture of Peng was posted of her at her home surrounded by stuffed animals but the woman appeared apparently serene. Peng Shuai thanked for all this attention and confirmed that he is fine.
Several important personalities of tennis and sport had moved for the woman and legends such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Serena Williams had discussed and had made statements in aid of the expert oriental athlete.
Emma Terho, one of the members present at the call, explained: "We are all relieved to see that she was fine, it was our biggest concern. We confirmed our support and told him we will keep in touch with you in the next few days, Peng appreciated."
The Olympic Committee then said the woman asked for some privacy. However, that of the IOC was also a diplomatic choice: in fact, Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics and a situation like this could undoubtedly undermine the tranquility of the event.