ATP WORLD TOUR SEASON REVIEW
2013 Players: A to Z
Best of 2013
by Greg Sharko|
From breakthrough performances to record-setting wins, plenty of stories kept tennis fans captivated this season. The following is a list of some notable achievements in 2013 by players of the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour.
ANDERSON, Kevin – Became the first South African to finish in Top 20 since Wayne Ferreira (in 2000).
BRYAN, Bob & Mike – Finished No. 1 in doubles for ninth time in 11 years by winning 11 titles, including three straight Grand Slam and five ATP Masters 1000 titles (93 career titles and 847 match wins together).
CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo – The Spaniard made the biggest jump (650 spots) in Top 100 from previous year (715 to 65) and voted ATP Most Improved Player of Year.
DIMITROV, Grigor – Became the first Bulgarian to capture an ATP World Tour title by winning in Stockholm (d. No. 3 Ferrer) and one of eight first-time winners during year.
EBDEN, Matthew – The Aussie finished a year-end best No. 79, highlighted by four ATP Challenger Tour titles.
FOGNINI, Fabio – Captured the first two ATP World Tour titles of his career and the first Italian to finish in Top 20 since Corrado Barazzutti was No. 10 in 1980.
GASQUET, Richard - The top Frenchman (at No. 9) for first time since 2007 won three ATP World Tour titles and a career-high 50 matches.
HAAS, Tommy – The No. 1 German finished No. 12, his best ranking since 2007, and became the first player at the age of 35 to win two ATP World Tour titles in a season since Jimmy Connors (37) in 1989.
ISNER, John – The top American finished in Top 20 for fourth year in a row at No. 14, highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles in four finals and leading in aces for third time in four years.
JANOWICZ, Jerzy – Became the first Pole to reach a Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon and finished a year-end best No. 21, his second straight Top 30 ranking.
KARLOVIC, Ivo – The second-oldest (34) winner of season earned his fifth career ATP World Tour title in Bogota without losing serve in 60 games.
LOPEZ, Feliciano – The Madrid native finished in Top 50 for seventh year in a row, highlighted by third career ATP World Tour title in Eastbourne (d. Simon).
MURRAY, Andy – The 26-year-old Scot became the first British player to win Wimbledon in 77 years with his second career Grand Slam crown.
NADAL, Rafael – The Spaniard made an incredible comeback after being sidelined with a knee injury for seven months to finish No. 1 for a 3rd time and win 10 titles, including an eighth Roland Garros and second US Open, and record-tying five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
OLEKSANDR Nedovyesov – The Ukrainian finished in Top 100 for first time at No. 93, highlighted by 43 Challenger match wins and three titles.
POSPISIL, Vasek – The Canadian No. 2 (behind Raonic) jumped from No. 127 from previous season to year-end best No. 32, highlighted by three semi-finals.
QUERREY, Sam – The No. 2 American (behind Isner) finished in Top 50 for the fifth time in past six years (at No. 46).
RAONIC, Milos – Became the first Canadian and first born in the 1990s to break into the Top 10 by winning two ATP World Tour titles and reaching first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Montreal.
SOUSA, Joao – Became the first Portuguese player to win an ATP World Tour title by winning in Kuala Lumpur and first to finish in Top 50 (at No. 49).
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried – Finished in Top 10 for fifth time in his career, second-most by a Frenchman (Noah, six).
UNGUR, Adrian – The Romanian No. 2 finished a year-end best No. 109, highlighted by two ATP Challenger Tour titles.
VERDASCO, Fernando – The Madrid native won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles title (w/Marrero) and became the first former Top 10 singles player to win the year-end doubles crown since Jonas Bjorkman in 1994.
WAWRINKA, Stanislas – The Swiss No. 2 finished in Top 10 for the first time, reaching a career-best four finals, advancing to his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open and qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
XAVIER Malisse – The former Top 20 Belgian and 2002 Wimbledon semi-finalist retired from the ATP World Tour after winning three singles and nine doubles titles.
YOUZHNY, Mikhail – The top Russian won two ATP World Tour titles and finished No. 15, his second year-end best ranking (No. 10 in ’10).
ZEBALLOS, Horacio – The Argentine earned his first ATP World Tour title in Vina del Mar, defeating Rafael Nadal in a three-set thriller.