Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev Trump Rafael Nadal in an Incredible Year-End Stat

Published 12/18/2020, 9:35 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Toby Melville


The 2020 ATP season wrapped up with the traditional year-end event in London. As we wait for the upcoming season to begin, there are a few stats that depict who’s been the most dominant this year. Novak Djokovic undoubtedly reigned supreme, but there’s a deserving entrant who also topped the charts! 

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We witnessed Novak Djokovic enjoy a near-invincible run in 2020, but he took damages during the second half of the season. The Serbian faced a disappointing exit at US Open 2020 and he failed to bounce back after the miserable loss at Flushing Meadows. 

Djokovic ended 2020 with just one Grand Slam to his name, his lowest tally since the 2017 season where he won none. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old finished 2020 as the World No.1 and recorded the best winning percentage.

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his group stage match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Novak Djokovic won 89% of his matches played in 2020 and one would expect Rafael Nadal at second, but the Spaniard had to settle for the third spot. Andrey Rublev finished ahead of Nadal, boasting an impressive 80% winning percentage.

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As mentioned above, Djokovic began 2020 in outstanding fashion by winning the Australian Open. The Serbian continued his hot-streak and maintained an unbeaten run, until the US Open debacle.

Things went downhill from there and Djokovic won just one title (ATP Masters 1000 Rome) after the COVID-19 hiatus. Overall, the World No.1 bid adieu to the 2020 season having clinched four titles, but that wasn’t enough to put him at the top!

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Djokovic finished second in terms of most titles won in 2020. An outstanding season by Rublev saw him ending the season with five titles to his name, the most he’s won in a calendar year. 

The Russian capped off his wonderful year by winning the 2020 Erste Bank Open in Vienna and earned a maiden qualification to the ATP Finals event. 

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The ATP tour faced a lot of hindrances in 2020 owing to the pandemic. The virus threatened to wipe out the whole calendar, but we fortunately got to see two Grand-Slams post the hiatus. 

Even though Novak Djokovic had a bitter-sweet run in 2020, he still recorded the most wins for the season, but Rublev is tied with him this year. Both athletes won 41 matches each and nobody even came close to them.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas came in third with 29 victories to his name, which speaks volumes about how the top two dominated the men’s circuit in 2020. It was indeed a sensational year for Rublev and a breakthrough one, considering he entered the Top 10 for the first time in his career. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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