Nadal, Federer In Top 2 Year-End ATP Rankings For First Time Since 2010
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – The ATP World Tour today published the 2017 year-end Emirates ATP Rankings on ATPWorldTour.com, after a memorable and exciting season that saw Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer finish in the Top 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the seventh time, the first since 2010.
In addition, there were three players finishing in the Top 5 for the first time since 2003. The new trio were No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, who closed the season by capturing the Nitto ATP Finals in London, No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 5 Dominic Thiem. Dimitrov, Zverev, No. 7 David Goffin, No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta finished in the year-end Top 10 for the first time. The five first-time additions in the year-end Top 10 is the most since 1997.
The Top 10 of 2017
1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) – No. 1 for fourth time (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017) and oldest (31) year-end No. 1 continuing 14 years of ‘Big 4’ dominance at the top of Emirates ATP Rankings (2004-17)
2. Roger Federer (SUI) – Oldest (36) to finish No. 2 and record 11th time in year-end Top 2 (five times at No. 1, six times at No. 2)
3. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) – Jumps from No. 17 in 2016 and first player with maiden Top 10 finish at No. 3 since Djokovic in 2007
4. Alexander Zverev (GER) – Youngest (20) in year-end Top 4 since Djokovic at No. 3 in 2007 and first German in year-end Top 10 since No. 6 Rainer Schuettler in 2003
5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) – Second straight year in Top 10 and first Austrian in year-end Top 5 since No. 5 Thomas Muster in 1996
6. Marin Cilic (CRO) – No. 6 for second straight year and third Top 10 finish in four years
7. David Goffin (BEL) – First Belgian in Top 10 with career-best 59 match wins (second-most in 2017 behind Nadal with 67)
8. Jack Sock (USA) – First American to finish in Top 10 since No. 8 Mardy Fish in 2011 and improved from No. 23 in 2016
9. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) – Finishes in Top 10 for fifth year in a row and second-oldest (32) of three players 30 & over in Top 10
10. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) – Improves from No. 30 in 2016, biggest jump in Top 10 (20 places) like Zverev
2017 Year-End Emirates ATP Rankings Quick Facts
* For the second year in a row France leads all countries with 10 players in the Top 100 (including six in the Top 50), followed by the United States with nine (the most since 2011) and Germany and Spain both with eight. Spain has the most in the Top 50 with seven).
* For a record seventh time Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer finish in the Top 2, the most by any duo in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973). Prior to this season they finished in the Top 2 from 2005-2010.
* Nadal, who ended last year No. 9, becomes the first player since Andy Roddick in 2003, to finish No. 1 from outside the Top 5 the previous season. Roddick was No. 10 in 2002 before finishing No. 1 the following season.
* Federer, who climbs from No. 16 last year to No. 2, finishes in the Top 10 for the 15th time in 16 years. Federer becomes the first player since Nadal to jump from outside the Top 10 to No. 2 the following year. Nadal went from No. 51 in 2004 to No. 2 in 2005. Federer trails Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors, who both have a record 16 year-end Top 10 finishes.
* Serbian Filip Krajinovic makes the biggest jump (203 spots) in the Top 50 from No. 237 at the end of 2016 to a year-end ranking of No. 34.
* #NextGenATP teenager Denis Shapovalov finishes a year-end best No. 51. The 18-year-old Canadian is the youngest of three teenagers to finish in the Top 100 along with and No. 79 Frances Tiafoe (19) of the U.S and No. 91 Stefanos Tsitsipas (19) of Greece. Tsitsipas is the first Greek man to finish in the Top 100. Overall 10 #NextGen players (21 & under) are in the Top 100 year-end rankings, the most since 12 in 2008.
* Ivo Karlovic, 38, is the oldest in the Top 100 at No. 80 and one of a record 43 players aged 30 & over in the year-end Top 100.
* No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 33 Mischa Zverev are the first brothers in the year-end Top 35 in singles since 1991 with No. 14 Emilio Sanchez and No. 32 Javier Sanchez.
* Brazilian Marcelo Melo finishes No. 1 in doubles for the second time in three years. He and partner Lukasz Kubot of Poland are No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings in their first season together.
* Sock (No. 8 singles, No. 39 doubles), Carreno Busta (No. 10 singles, No. 44 doubles), Pablo Cuevas (No. 32 singles, No. 21 doubles), Feliciano Lopez (No. 36 singles, No. 24 doubles) and Ryan Harrison (No. 47 singles, No.16 doubles) are the only five players who ended the year in Top 50 of both singles and doubles.
The 2018 ATP World Tour season begins Sunday 31 December in Brisbane (Monday 1 January in Doha and Pune).