ATP WORLD TOUR SEASON REVIEW
Tidbits On The Top 50
Best of 2013
by Greg Sharko|
Today we look at the accomplishments of players who finished in the Top 50 in the 2013 Emirates ATP Rankings. This group ranges from first-timers Vasek Pospisil, Lukas Rosol and Joao Sousa to Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who makes the cut for the 12th consecutive year.
Headlining the Top 50 are Rafael Nadal, who has been in the Top 5 every week since May 2005 and Novak Djokovic, who has finished in the Top 3 the past seven years.
ALMAGRO, Nicolas (13) – Has finished in the Top 20 in past four years (five of six). All 20 of his ATP World Tour finals appearances are on clay (12-8).
ANDERSON, Kevin (20) – First South African in year-end Emirates ATP Rankings Top 20 since Wayne Ferreira (No. 13) in 2000. He finished in the Top 40 in the last three years and has a 0-3 record in finals in 2013.
ANDUJAR, Pablo (48) – Finished in the Top 50 for third year in a row.
BENNETEAU, Julien (35) – Ranked in Top 50 every week since 9 January 2012 (in the Top 40 since 16 Jan 2012). He has won at least one round in last 16 Grand Slam tournaments played (DNP ’11 AO) since 1R loss at ’09 Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic).
BERDYCH, Tomas (7) – The Czech Republic No. 1 finished in Top 10 for fourth year in a row and helped his country to win the Davis Cup title.
BERLOCQ, Carlos (41) – Argentine No. 2 is in the Top 50 for the first time. He won 53 matches in 2012-13 and won 36 matches previous six years from 2006-11.
CHARDY, Jeremy (34) – Finished in the Top 50 for fourth time in five years (except ’11).
CILIC, Marin (37) – The No. 2 Croat finished in the Top 50 and won an ATP World Tour title for sixth consecutive year.
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin (5) – The Argentine compiled a 116-33 match record and earned eight titles in 2012-13. He won 105 matches (five titles) previous three years from 2009-11.
DIMITROV, Grigor (23) – Has improved year-end ranking past six years. He won a career-high 37 matches in 2013 (61 wins in 2012-13) and 25 wins previous three years.
DJOKOVIC, Novak (2) – Only player to finish in the Top 3 for the past seven years. He has won the most titles (25) and matches (219; avg 73) in the past three years.
DODIG, Ivan (33) – Finished year-end best No. 33 and as top Croat for first time (also No. 7 in doubles).
FEDERER, Roger (6) – Has 923 career match wins, fourth-most in Open Era, and has finished in the Top 10 for past 12 years.
FERRER, David (3) – Finished in the Top 5 past three years (along with Djokovic, Nadal, Murray).
FOGNINI, Fabio (16) – First Italian to finish in the Top 20 since Corrado Barazzutti (No. 10) in 1978.
GASQUET, Richard (9) – No. 1 Frenchman for first time since 2007 and won three ATP World Tour titles for first time since ‘06.
GRANOLLERS, Marcel (38) – Finished in the Top 50 for fourth year in a row and one of seven players to rank in the Top 50 singles (38) and doubles (12).
GULBIS, Ernests (24) – The Latvian tied his year-end best ranking (2010) and jumped from No. 139 by winning two ATP World Tour titles.
HAAS, Tommy (12) – The No. 1 German has won ATP World Tour titles in three different decades and finished No. 12, his highest since 2007.
HAASE, Robin (43) – No. 1 Dutchman won a career-high 30 matches and finished year-end best No. 43. He earned 76 match wins in the past three years (compared to 37 wins from 2006-10).
ISNER, John (14) – No. 1 American finished in the Top 20 for fourth year in a row. He led the ATP World Tour in aces for third time in four years.
ISTOMIN, Denis (45) – Finished in the Top 50 for third time in four years (tied career-high 32 match wins).
JANOWICZ, Jerzy (21) – First Pole to finish in the Top 30 in back-to-back seasons since Wojtek Fibak from 1976-82.
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (22) – The No. 2 German has finished in the Top 50 for past seven years and won 30-or-more matches in each of those seasons.
LOPEZ, Feliciano (28) – The Madrid native has finished in the Top 50 for past seven years and in 10 of the past 11 years.
MAHUT, Nicolas (50) – Finished in the Top 50 for first time since 2007 and won his first two ATP World Tour titles, on grass, at age 31.
MAYER, Florian (40) – No. 3 German finished in the Top 40 for fourth year in a row.
MELZER, Jurgen (27) – Winner of five ATP World Tour titles since 2009 (0 titles in previous 10 years). He has finished in the Top 100 for the past 12 years.
MONACO, Juan (42) – Finished in the Top 50 for seventh year in a row and captured his eighth ATP World Tour title.
MONFILS, Gael (31) – Finished in the Top 50 for eighth time in past nine years at No. 31 after dropping to No. 119 in May.
MURRAY, Andy (4) – Finished in the Top 4 for the past six years, joining Nadal (9) and Djokovic (7). Ranked No. 2 for 17 weeks in 2013 (21 overall in career).
NADAL, Rafael (1) – Ranked in the Top 5 the longest of any active player (since 9 May 2005) and owns 60 career titles, second-best among active players (Federer, 77).
NIEMINEN, Jarkko (39) – One of five players (Davydenko, Federer, Montanes, Youzhny) to finish in the Top 100 in each of past 13 years.
NISHIKORI, Kei (17) – No. 1 Asian has finished in the Top 25 and averaged 36.3 match wins past three years (26 total wins previous four years from 2007-10).
PAIRE, Benoit (26) – Improved his year-end ranking for sixth consecutive year, finishing year-end best No. 26 with career-high 32 match wins.
POSPISIL, Vasek (32) – No. 2 Canadian broke through to finish in the Top 100 and the Top 50 for first time in his career at No. 32.
QUERREY, Sam (46 ) – No. 2 American finished in the Top 50 for fifth time in six years at No. 46.
RAONIC, Milos (11) – Top Canadian became first player born in 1990s to break into the Top 10 and has reached 10 ATP World Tour finals (5-5), the youngest player to accomplish this feat. He has averaged 40.3 match wins past three seasons (best of any player outside the Top 10).
ROBREDO, Tommy (18) – Spanish No. 4 finished in the Top 20 for first time since ’09 and sixth time in career, coming back from ’12 injury with two ATP World Tour titles.
ROSOL, Lukas (46) – No. 3 Czech Republic native finished in the Top 50 for first time in his career and only player from his country to win an ATP World Tour title in 2013.
SEPPI, Andreas (25) – No. 2 Italian finished in the Top 25 for second year in a row and has won a career-best 68 matches in those two years.
SIMON, Gilles (19) – No. 3 Frenchman finished in the Top 20 for third year in a row and fifth time in six years. He has won an ATP World Tour title every year since 2007.
SOUSA, Joao (49) – First Portuguese player to win an ATP World Tour singles title and finish in Top 50 (at No. 49).
STEPANEK, Radek (44) – Czech Republic No. 2 clinched the Davis Cup title by winning the decisive match. He is the second-oldest in Top 50 (behind Haas).
TIPSAREVIC, Janko (36) – No. 2 Serb finished in the Top 50 for sixth year in a row and won his fourth ATP World Tour title.
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (10) – No. 2 Frenchman finished in the Top 10 for third year in a row and fifth time in six years at No. 10.
TURSUNOV, Dmitry (29) – No. 2 Russian finished in the Top 30 for first time since 2008 by jumping from No. 125 to No. 29.
VERDASCO, Fernando (30) – The Madrid native finished in the Top 50 for 10th year in a row and in the Top 30 for the 7th year in a row.
WAWRINKA, Stanislas (8) – The lone new addition to the year-end Top 10 won a career-high 51 matches, including 20+ on clay (24) & hard courts (23).
YOUZHNY, Mikhail (15) – The top Russian finished in the Top 20 for first time since 2010 and in Top 50 for 12th year in a row.