Taylor Fritz was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals and he said that he was the best player this year when he played.
Fritz stated that Djokovic is still the greatest because he has essentially won every competition he has participated in this year. For Djokovic, it's been an unusual year because he missed out on a number of significant competitions, including two grand slams in New York and Melbourne.
“It’s been a crazy year. I think my takeaways are that when Novak has played, he’s been the best player," reflected Fritz after the match. "There’s no doubt about that. When he hasn’t played, which is a lot of the year, we’ve seen a lot of different results because when you take him out of the equation.
"I think everybody else playing is extremely close in level and it’s going to come down to who’s playing the best that week, what the court conditions are, (and) how it’s playing."
Fritz further asserted that beyond Djokovic there is a lot of parity on the Tour which was proven this year with many different winners.
“I think when you take Novak out of the equation, I think there [are] 15 to 20 people that can all beat each other on any given day given the circumstances. That’s the reason for a lot of these different results — different people winning. It’s just how it happens," added Fritz.