Yearend 2020: Ranking the top 5 milestone moments of ATP World Tour
First Published Dec 18, 2020, 4:12 PM IST
The 2020 year was not so suitable for any sports, including tennis, as tournament cancellations and delays marred it. Nonetheless, it did manage to host some of the critical events, as the ATP World Tour saw men coming up with some of the top moments for the year.
Be it any sports, the year 2020 has shown no remorse, and the same goes for tennis. The ATP World Tour was marred by tournament cancellation and delays, leading to the fans missing out on most of the actions, while even the tennis players missed out on presenting some top moments and scripting records.
It all ended last month with the ATP World Tour Finals, won by Russia's Daniil Medvedev. Also, the year saw three Grand Slams being held, with three different winners.
Consequently, fans were contained with some of these tournaments. And, as the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the top milestone moments, thanks to insights from ATP World Tour.
Roger Federer hits a century: The Swiss legend missed most of the year, not just owing to the pandemic, but also due to a knee injury. He only participated in the Australian Open, where he brought up his 100th win. He also holds the most victories (102) at the event than any other in the world. Furthermore, he has also spent 900 weeks in the top-10, becoming the first player in history to do so.
Novak Djokovic record-breaking finish as world number one: The Serbian legend, who won the Australian Open this year, finished the year as the world number one, thus becoming the joint-best, alongside Pete Sampras, to do so on most occasions, of six. He is currently in his 299th week, as he chases Federer's all-time record of 310. He also brought up his 900th tour-level win during the AO.
Rafael Nadal hits 1k: No, we are not talking about runs here. But, the record 13-time French Open champion from Spain, Nadal registered his 1,000th tour-level win during the Paris Masters. He became only the fourth player in the open era to do so, after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl. Besides, he also won the record-equalling 20th Slam after winning at Roland Garros, thus tying Federer's all-time record. Also, he finished in top-two for the record 12th time.
ATP Finals host 50th anniversary: The year-ending tournament, ATP Finals, hosted its 50th edition this year. Also, it was the final edition in London, with the competition moving to Turin, come next year. It was the longest edition of the same a venue had hosted.
Top-10 breakthroughs: The year saw three players breaking into the top-10, as Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman attained the feat. Shapovalov became the 19th left-handed player to do so, while Rublev was the eighth Russian to do the same. Also, Schwartzman became the first Argentine since 2012 to enter top-10.
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