Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic started 2013 off in tremendous fashion, claiming the year’s first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. However, since then it has largely fallen apart. While Djokovic has posted successful runs to the finals of the US Open and Wimbledon, in addition to his French Open semi-final run, he has come up short in the biggest of occasions, and is now barely hanging onto his number 1 ranking based on his great results of 2012.
Pulling alongside Djokovic in the rankings is Rafael Nadal, and his comeback from injury this year has been most impressive. Winning 2 Grand Slams with the US Open and the French Open, Nadal has also built upon his already dominant record against Djokovic. Nadal twice beat Djokovic in major events and is set to usurp the top rank in men’s tennis with victories at upcoming tournaments like the Shanghai Rolex Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Perhaps Djokovic’s great play on hard courts may do enough to prevent the Spaniard from reclaiming the world’s top rank, but Nadal looks to regain the top mark, a spot he hasn’t held since 2008! Nadal’s main challenger now appears to be his body. Injuries already cost him to miss much of 2012, and his Wimbledon first-round exit was a clear indicator of his pain. His physically imposing playing style certainly has led him to encounter more injuries than he would like, but his ability to play great tennis when he is available has now displayed a return to form.
I fully believe that Rafael Nadal is more deserving of the top mark, despite Djokovic’s more consistent play. The final tennis tournaments of 2013 should prove that, and will be a joy to watch!
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