Over the weekend, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the British Kyle Edmund won their first ATP World Tour titles in Stockholm and Antwerp, respectively.
These victories offered the fans a glimpse into the future.
Since 2004, when Rafael Nadal “bit” his first trophy, no season has had so many first-time champions. With the triumphs of Tsitsipas and Edmund, the list of players who have lifted a trophy for the first time in 2018 has increased to 13.
|1) Daniil Medvedev||21||Sydney|
|2) Roberto Carballes Baena||24||Quito|
|3) Mirza Basic||26||Sofia|
|4) Frances Tiafoe||20||Delray Beach|
|5) Marco Cecchinato||25||Budapest|
|6) Taro Daniel||25||Istanbul|
|7) Marton Fucsovics||26||Geneva|
|8) Mischa Zverev||30||Eastbourne|
|9) Matteo Berrettini||22||Gstaad|
|10) Nikoloz Basilashvili||26||Hamburg|
|11) Yoshihito Nishioka||23||Shenzhen|
|12) Stefanos Tsitsipas||20||Stockholm|
|13) Kyle Edmund||23||Antwerp|
This year also marks the first time since 2006 that nine champions are under 25 years old. Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas, members of #NextGenATP, are the youngest singles champions of this year. Both players have already qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, which will be held from November 6th to 10th.