The ATP released the year-end rankings on Monday and Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer finished as the top 3 for the seventh time, and first since 2014.
Having split all four Grand Slams this year between them, all three players ranked No.1 at one stage during the year and it was the first time all three ranked No.1 during the same season.
Djokovic, who ended 2017 at No.12 and further slipped to a low of No.21 by mid-year, became the first player in history to finish No.1 after ranking outside the top 10 in the previous season. Also, at 31, he is the oldest year-end world No.1.
Djokovic’s resurgence through the second half of the year has been the major talking point for the most part. The Serb had suffered a dip in form after returning from an elbow injury, but had a magical turnaround in fortune, winning Wimbledon and US Open as well as two ATP Masters 1000 titles to reclaim the top spot.
Rafael Nadal meanwhile, predictably triumphed at the French Open as well as clinching four other titles on tour, but has been really set back by injuries. The Spaniard hasn’t played in a competitive match since retiring to Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals of the US Open in September. He, however, did just enough to finish the year in second place.
Roger Federer started the year with a defence of his Australian Open title, his 20th Grand Slam title and won three other titles on tour to finished third on the log.
For the first time since the ATP Rankings was introduced in 1973, players from five different continents were represented in the Top 10. Six players from Europe and one each from Africa, Asia, North and South America comprised the Top 10. Also, it marked the second time in three years there were 10 different countries represented in the year-end Top 10.