2018 has been another year that had us all on the edge of our seats in ATP. With the year done and dusted we look at some of the records, numbers and figures that were broken or achieved this year.
Roger Federer kick started the season in Australia, winning his 20th grand slam title, and going on to back it up with his best start to a season as well as the longest win streak in his career(17-0).
The title in Rotterdam also saw him regain the top spot in the ATP singles rankings, making him the oldest player to do so. This also saw Federer break the record for the longest period between two stints at world No. 1 with 5 years and 106 days having elapsed since he last held the No. 1 ranking on 4 November 2012.
Federer also broke the record for the longest time-span between the first and most recent dates that he has held the No. 1 ranking. The Rotterdam title also meant that he had a record 20th ATP Tour 500 level title in his bag.
Rafael Nadal extended his record at the French open by winning his 11th title, by beating the youngster Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the finals. This also saw him equal the record that was held by Margaret Court, for winning a single grand slam tournament 11 times. The Spaniard also recorded his highest win percentage of the year n 2018, winning 91.8% of his matches.
A victory at Monte-Carlo saw him break Novak Djokovic’s record for winning most number of masters 1000 titles. Nadal now has 31 masters titles. He also had an astonishing streak of winning 36 straight sets without dropping a single, which was a record in itself. Rafa’s title in Barcelona saw him win 400 matches on clay, which was a record in any gender division across any given surface. He went on to extend his unbeaten streak on clay, taking his tally to 50 consecutive sets, which was one better than John McEnroe. By wining the Italian open Rafa extended his 1000 masters titles tally to a record number of 32.
Novak Djokovic became the lowest ranked player to win Wimbledon title since Goran Ivanišević won it in 2001 as a wildcard. Djokovic also became the first player to complete the career golden masters, when he triumphed at the Cincinnati masters.
Alexander Zverev has the most number of win in the 2018 season with a win loss record of 58-19. By wining the ATP world tour finals Alexander Zverev became the youngest champion in London since Novak Djokovic won it a decade back.
And with this the 2018 season officially drew it curtains, and gave us much more to think about in terms of the 2019 season.