Djokovic, Nadal and Federer share the top three for the seventh time
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are the three players that have been no. 1 throughout 2018, and have shared the top three spots for seven occasions since 2014.
In addition to the achievements of the top three players, ATP Tour stated on its website that there were five changes in the top ten places. Among them, we find the finalist of the AMT 2018, the South African Kevin Anderson (No. 6), and the American John Isner (No. 10), who ends the season inside the top ten for the first time.
Between the players who returned to the top ten in 2018 are Djokovic (who finished 12th in 2017), Juan Martin del Potro, and Kei Nishikori (who went up from No. 22 to No. 9).
ATP Tour also points out that for the first time in the history of the world rankings, there are players from five different regions of the planet. There are six players from Europe, while Africa, Asia, North America, and South America have only one representative each.
ATP Tour 2018 season highlights:
- Novak Djokovic (31) finished as number one in the world for the fifth time (2011-12, 2014-15, 2018). This also extends the Big 4´s dominance to 15 years since Federer achieved it in 2004 for the first time.
- Rafael Nadal finished in the Top 10 for the fourteenth consecutive year, matching Federer’s best record (2002-15). It is also the tenth time that Rafael finished as No. 2.
- Roger Federer is the oldest player (37) to finish No. 3. He has previously finished 14 times in the top three (five times No. 1, six times No. 2 and three times No. 3).
- Alexander Zverev is the youngest player (21) to finish in the ‘Top 4’ for the second occasion since Djokovic did it in 2007 and 2008, and the first German since Boris Becker in 1994 – 95.
- Juan Martín del Potro finished in the ‘Top 10’ for the first time since 2013 in 2018, and matched his best outcome in 2009 and 2013.
- John Isner (2.08 m) and Kevin Anderson (2.03 m) are the tallest players in history to finish in the Top 10 as leaders. There are five players that reach at least 1.98m in the Top 10, including Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Marin Cilic.
There is a record of 7 players that are 30 years or older in the Top 10. There are also five players that are 23 or younger finishing with their best outcome in the rankings yet, between No. 11 and No. 20. The group is led by No. 11 Karen Khachanov (22), No. 12 Borna Coric (22), No. 14 Kyle Edmund (23), No. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas (20), and No. 16 Daniil Medvedev (22).