It is quite incredible that for 15 of the last 16 years the year end world number one ranking has been held by Federer, Djokovic or Nadal with all three holding it five times.
There have been standout years for all three players when they have finished the year as number one but one year stands out the most to me and that is 2016.
2016 was the year Andy Murray finished the year as world number one.
Federer missed quite a bit of tennis that year injured but Rafa and Novak still won big.
Djokovic won in Melbourne, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Roland Garros, Toronto and was runner-up at the US Open, Rome and the Tour Finals.
Nadal also won in Monte-Carlo & Barcelona. He picked up Olympic medals in Rio and was semi-finalist at a number of big events.
Andy Murray however took the tour to another level.
13 finals and 9 titles including a second Wimbledon, Olympic Gold and finishing the year winning the World Tour Finals in London.
It was a quite incredible year.
Andy Murray’s nine titles in 2016 is the most won by a player on the ATP tour in the last four years.
He took his tennis to another level and when you consider the dominance of Djokovic in 2015 who was simply unplayable to turn up and do what he did in 2016 was amazing.
The achievements from that year just need an introduction;
Australian Open – finalist
Monte-Carlo – finalist
Madrid – finalist
Rome – winner
Queens Club – winner
Wimbledon – winner
Olympic Gold – winner
Cincinnati – finalist
(end of 22 match winning streak)
Beijing – winner
Shanghai – winner
Vienna – winner
Paris – winner
World Tour Finals – winner
(finished on a 26 match winning streak)
78 wins and 9 defeats in 2016.
Phenomenal season all around.