Roger Federer grew to become world no. 1 for the primary time on February 1, 2004, following the Australian Open title. Within the final 17 and a half years, we have now had solely three extra gamers on the ATP throne, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray becoming a member of the Swiss on the unique checklist.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have gathered 854 weeks as world no. 1 and 16 out of final 17 year-end no. 1 honors, dominating the remainder of the sphere and standing on 20 Majors every! Stopping the clock, three legends have been able to taking part in on a excessive degree effectively past turning 30, maintaining the youthful rivals behind them.
Nadal and Federer have been coping with accidents, skipping the remainder of the season and hoping for a contemporary begin in 2022. Nevertheless, Djokovic continues to be a participant to beat, particularly after successful all three Main titles in 2021, searching for a calendar Grand Slam on the US Open.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been No. 1 gamers in 2018.
Three years in the past, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been all of the leaders of the pack, one thing they by no means did earlier than or after. Rafael Nadal was on a pole place in the beginning of that yr, and Federer joined the social gathering for eight weeks to develop into world no.
1 at 36 for the primary time since 2012! Recovering from an elbow damage and discovering his A-game after Might, Novak decreased the hole to Rafa and have become the year-end no. 1 forward of the Spaniard, taking part in higher within the second a part of the season and claiming Main crowns at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Nadal stayed in entrance of Djokovic between June and November, wanting good to stay on the prime for an additional yr. Nevertheless, it was not sufficient to wrap up the yr on the prime, as Novak handed him within the closing phases for a outstanding comeback after dropping out from the top-20 earlier that season.
Djokovic’s late push (he had solely six wins earlier than Rome that yr) was the eighth change on the prime of males’s rating, probably the most since 1999 after we had eight. Additionally, the 2018 season noticed three gamers on the ATP throne for the primary time since 2003, when Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick conquered the highest spot.