As another long, grueling tennis season come to an end, we take a look back at some of the big results. The start of the season was identical to the year before with defending champion Roger Federer winning the Australian open.
Federer climbed up to number one ranking at the Rotterdam open, thereby becoming the oldest number 1 in history. He was at the top spot for 6 weeks before his loss to Kokkinakis in Miami pushed him to second place. As expected, the swiss master skipped the entire clay season and Rafael Nadal was able to consolidate his number one ranking with victories on his favorite surface at Monte Carlo and Barcelona. An unexpected quarterfinal loss against Dominic Theim in the Madrid open resulted in Nadal slipping to second spot, albeit briefly(for a week), before his victory in Rome and 11th French open title in Paris.
Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, had a quite start to the season post his recovery from elbow injury. Things began falling into place for the serb during the grass court season. He made the finals of Wimbledon with typical hard fought victories against Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal. He defeated Kevin Anderson, who upset defending champion Roger Federer in the semis, convincingly to lift his fourth Wimbledon crown.
He followed up that victory with another big one against Federer at Cincinnati. He was able to carry his rich vein of form into the last grand slam of the year. With Nadal and Federer falling before the final, his victory against Del Potro placed him in a good position to regain the number one spot. Djokovic went on to win Shanghai and made the finals at Bercy, there by regaining the top spot. His form in the later half of the season was so amazing that he moved up from 21st in the rankings to number one in just four months.
Federer, Djokovic and Nadal continued their dominance at the grand slams with all 4 titles shared between them. Andy Murray continued his recovery from injury and was not at his best through out the season. Alexander Zverev’s season has been a mixed bag but he ended the year strongly by winning the year end ATP finals with a impressive straight sets victory over the in-form Djokovic. Dominic Thiem had a fantastic season and came very close to beating Nadal at the US Open. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander de Minaur, Karen Kachanov and Borna Coric scored impressive results and will be the players to watch out for in the next season.