2015 has been a record breaking season in many aspects. Dominated by Djokovic and Serena, it has seen the game’s mightiest champion Rafa Nadal, end the year without a Slam and the mettle of rising stars like Muguruza and Theim.
It has witnessed a veteran Swiss legend in the form of Martina Hingis, rise again to the pinnacle of Doubles game and has celebrated the comeback of the elder Williams.
We have tried to wrap up the year for you in the form of numbers, starting from 10 to 1.
The streak of winning at least one Grand Slam every year, for 10 consecutive years, finally perished when Rafael Nadal failed to bite any of the major’s trophy in 2015. The Spanish beast began conquering the tennis world way back in 2005, when he won the Roland Garros in his maiden attempt. Since then he made Philippe Chatrier a fortress of his own, thus ensuring a minimum of one major every year, well at least till Robin Soderling did the impossible!
In 2009, Rafa won the Australian Open, and hence his first defeat at the crushed bricks of Paris didn’t break his streak. Injuries have been a huge obstacle in Nadal’s career and his return to the courts this year, after quite a long break didn’t begin all so well. He failed to win any clay court tournament in his tune up to the French Open and ended the year with just three titles. Also, with a mediocre 61-20 W/L record and without any Grand Slam to his name, this was the lowest season of Nadal’s illustrious career.
Rafa has slipped to number five in the ranking and has trouble dealing with the big guns at the big tournaments. He may have recovered physically, but his mental fortress has definitely been breached.
Will we witness Nadal at the peak of his powers ever again? 2016 holds all the cards.