Google announced the most-searched athletes in 2022, and it’s all about tennis! Three legends top the standings, with the young gun Carlos Alcaraz joining them in the top-10. A 21-time Major winner Novak Djokovic tops the charts, with his name being searched the most in the year behind us.
Djokovic experienced a ten-day saga in Australia in January and stole the headlines of the world’s media. After that, he delivered his seventh Wimbledon crown and secured the ATP Finals crown to draw the most from a rollercoaster season and prepare everything for a more steady course in 2023.
Rafael Nadal is second behind Novak, making an impressive comeback this year and writing history books with 22 Major trophies on his tally. A 23-time singles Major champion Serena Williams finished third, ending her career (or did she?) at the US Open and stealing the headlines.
Novak wrapped up the 2022 season inside the top-5 despite missing two Majors, 2000 points at Wimbledon and four Masters 1000 events! The Serb could not play the Australian Open, kicking off the season in Dubai and Monte Carlo.
The results were not there due to the lack of form and matches. Novak lost the Belgrade final to Andrey Rublev before raising his level in May. Djokovic lost a thriller to Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid and conquered his 38th Masters 1000 trophy in Rome to gain a boost ahead of Roland Garros.
The Serb lost an epic clash to Rafael Nadal in over four hours in the quarter-final to lose the crown and turn his focus at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic is the most-searched athlete on Google in 2022.
Novak claimed his seventh Wimbledon crown and the 21st Major title following a win over Nick Kyrgios, lifting the trophy but missing 2000 points on his tally.
Novak could not play Canada, Cincinnati and the US Open due to his vaccination status, missing a chance to win more titles and points. Djokovic lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Laver Cup before embracing an indoor winning streak.
Novak’s third ATP title in 2022 came in Tel Aviv over Marin Cilic. A week later, the Serb conquered the ATP 500 event in Astana after beating Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Novak was the favorite at the Paris Masters, seeking his seventh crown in the French capital.
Djokovic advanced to his 56th Masters 1000 final and faced the young gun Holger Rune in a battle for the trophy. The Dane ousted the Serb 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in over two and a half hours to secure his first Masters 1000 title and end Novak’s streak of 13 straight wins.
Djokovic missed his chances in sets two and three and experienced a late break in the decider to finish runner-up. Djokovic was a player to beat at the ATP Finals in Turin, seeking the record-equaling sixth title at the premium ATP event.
The Serb secured five top-10 triumphs to wrap up the season in style and deliver his 91st ATP trophy, moving one behind Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is eager to return to Australia in a couple of weeks and seek his tenth Australian Open title after missing the event this January.
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