Novak Djokovic came back to win a title after Wimbledon 2022: he won the Tel Aviv final against Marin Cilic, after the vaccine-ban of the US Open. The value of Nole Djokovic was not written in this 2022. Certainly not for marginal results, given the conquest of his seventh Wimbleon, and even less for a completeness of the game that saw him already reach the goal of winning on all surfaces of the Grand Slam in 2016.
But even in this 2022 Novak has written a small record. Three tournaments won, three different battlegrounds: none like him this year. A true hymn to the eclecticism of one of the greatest players of all time. Tel Aviv was the first smile on hard-courts for Djokovic, marked this year by the exclusions in Australia and the United States.
The first victory in a tournament had instead come on the red-clay of Rome: a domination that culminated with the 6-0, 7-6 in the final with Stefanos Tsitsipas after the victory in the semifinals over Casper Ruud.
Novak Djokovic made a super record in 2022
Then Wimbledon, with the comeback in the quarter-finals on Jannik Simmer before the 3-1 on Cameron Norrie repeated in the final against Nick Kyrgios.
Tel Aviv was the least famous victory, it was the ATP 250, but it was nevertheless essential to prepare an attacking season finale. Obviously the continuity of Novak Djokovic on the three surfaces is nothing new. In the last ten years, a victory per category has only come on 4 occasions: 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2021.
Last season the Serbian won on one occasion on grass (Wimbledon), two on hard courts (Paris and Australian Open) and two on red (Belgrade and Roland Garros), touching the conquest of the Grand Slam. Now Nole Djokovic prepares for the ATP 500 in Astana, where he will be seeded number 4 behind world number 1 Alcaraz, Medvedev and Tsitsipas.
For him it will be the first participation in the Kazakh tournament, a new opportunity to confirm himself on hard-courts after the first smile. 20 titles are missing from Roger Federer's 109, only one is missing to reach 19 victories in 19 different nations, another record that the Swiss still holds.
But above all, there is only one Wimbledon left to reach Federer in what has always been his temple. The Serbian also confirms himself as the most eclectic player on the ATP circuit: after Rome (clay) and Wimbledon (grass), he added Tel Aviv (hard) on Sunday. A curious record that no one will be able to match this season, while we already had a similar record in the WTA Tour.