40 Tore: Lewandowski stellt Gerd Müller-Rekord von 1972 ein

(Jürgen Fritz, 18.05.2021) 40 Tore in einer Saison sind eigentlich eine Unmöglichkeit. Schon 30 sind ja kaum zu schaffen. Doch nicht für Robert Lewandowski. Seit 1976/77 hat nie wieder ein Spieler 30 Tore in einer Saison geschossen. In manchen Jahren (mehr als zehnmal) kam nicht mal einer an die 20 ran. Dreimal reichten 17 Treffer, um Torschützenkönig zu werden. Dann kam Lewandowski.

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Nadal wins in Rome and rises from 6 to 4 in the JFB 52 Week Ranking – Djokovic drops from 1 to 2

(Jürgen Fritz, 17.05.2021) Rafael Nadal won the Masters tournament in Rome (C) for the tenth time with a final victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic. In the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, the clay court king rises from 6 to 4 with only 8 tournaments played, but Djokovic drops from 1 to 2. The new leader is ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev. And his compatriot Aslan Karatsev enters the top ten for the first time.

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How the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking works

(Jürgen Fritz, 11.05.2021) The ATP Ranking, which is decisive for the seedings in professional tennis tournaments, has been modified several times since the pandemic break, much to the disadvantage of the young players. Now, results count not only for up to 12 months, but for up to 36 months. It also contains some other fundamental deficiencies and distortions. In order to have an overview of what actually happened in the last 52 weeks, without tendency skews, the JFB Ranking was developed.

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Zverev wins in Madrid and climbs from 7 to 4 in the JFB Ranking

(Jürgen Fritz, 10.05.2021) Alexander Zverev has won the Masters tournament in Madrid (C) for the second time since 2018. It was his first major title above the ATP 500 category (D) in two and a half years. As a result, the German climbs from 7 to 4 in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, while his final opponent Matteo Berrittini moves from 17 to 12, Madrid semi-finalist Casper Ruud from 15 to 13 and quarter-finalist Alexander Bublik from 31 to 26.

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Laureus Awards: Rafael Nadal named World Sportsman of the Year for the second time

(Jürgen Fritz, 07.05.2021) He is the greatest clay court player of all time and has long been a living sports legend. Now, at the age of 34, Rafael Nadal has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second time, ten years after his first honour. He had already been nominated for the sixth time (for his achievements in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020) and has now received this award for the second time. Congratulations, Rafa, what an honour!

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The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking on 26 April 2021

(Jürgen Fritz, 26.04.2021) In recent months, the ATP Ranking has repeatedly come in for criticism. The points system, which has been heavily modified due to the long pandemic break in play from March to August 2020, is said to be distorting, illogical, unfair and hardly understandable. JFB therefore developed a different scoring system that only takes into account results from the last 52 weeks, is less tendentious, more appropriate and quite simple to understand.

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Karatsev beats Djokovic in Serbia Open semi-final in 3:25 hour battle

(Jürgen Fritz, 25.04.2021) It was one of the best matches of the season. Aslan Karatsev defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Serbia Open in Belgrade last night in his home country – the tournament is organised by Novak’s brother – in the longest three-set match of the year after 3:25 hours 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Karatsev fended off 23 break points and achieved the „biggest victory of my career“.

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Karatsev schlägt Djokovic im Halbfinale der Serbia Open in 3:25 Stunden-Schlacht

(Jürgen Fritz, 25.04.2021) Es war eines der besten Spiele dieser Saison. Aslan Karatsev ringt gestern Abend im Halbfinale der Serbia Open in Belgrad Novak Djokovic in dessen Heimat – das Turnier wird von Novaks Bruder veranstaltet – im längsten Dreisatz-Match des Jahres nach 3:25 Stunden mit 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 nieder. Dabei wehrt Karatsev 23 Breakbälle ab und erringt den „größten Sieg meiner Karriere“.

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Monte Carlo Masters Preview

(Jürgen Fritz, 11.04.2021) In the 2021 ATP Race, Novak Djokovic is just ahead of Daniil Medvedev in first position, Rublev and Tsitsipas are in third and fourth, Zverev in eighth. Rafael Nadal has played only one tournament this year and is ranked 33nd in the live race, but that could change in the next eight days as the first major clay-court tournament begins today in Monte Carlo.

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Four Spaniards in the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open

(Jürgen Fritz, 10.04.2021) All respect, at the Andalucia Open in Marbella all four Spaniards prevailed in the quarterfinals, including the still 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (133), see picture, who surprisingly beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud, the world No. 26. This means that there will be an all-Spanish semi-final in Marbella (ATP 250) today. At the Sardegna Open in Cagliari, on the other hand, only one Italian was able to prevail.

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Rafael Nadal on European clay: a look back

(Jürgen Fritz, 09.04.2021) April 2005: 18-year-old Rafael Nadal wins the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the fourth largest clay court tournament in the world, for the first time, beating 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria in the final. A week later, he also wins the fifth largest clay tournament in Barcelona, beating 2003 French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. Again two weeks later: Rafa also wins the second biggest clay tournament in the world in Rome, beats …

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Nadal and Thiem not in the Top 25 in the ATP Race, Federer not in the Top 200

(Jürgen Fritz, 06.04.2021) If we look back at the first quarter of 2021, we can see: For five top eight players the new season started quite well, especially for Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, but for three others extremely badly. Rafael Nadal is not in the top 25 in the ATP Race, Dominic Thiem not in the top 35 and Roger Federer not even in the top 200. Instead, we see three big surprises among the top eight.

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