With the conclusion of the season-ending championships in London on Sunday, as Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the final, the 2015 ATP World Tour season has officially wrapped. While there are so many great moments and storylines to remember, here are just a few of our favourite memories from what was an amazing 2015 season:
Novak Djokovic’s pure dominance
Three Grand Slams. Six Masters 1000s. A fourth consecutive ATP World Tour Finals title. 11 overall trophies. A match record of 82-6. 15 straight finals. World No. 1 for all 52 weeks. A fourth year-end No. 1 ranking. Best season ever? We think so! Novak Djokovic brought tennis to new heights this year, accomplishing things nobody thought possible. And with no discernable weakness and a drive and dedication to get even better, Djokovic could be the one to beat for years to come. We look forward to seeing how he can top this season in 2016!
Stan Wawrinka’s Roland Garros brilliance
Were it not for the Swiss, we could have been talking about even more dominance from Djokovic right now. But an inspired Stan Wawrinka stopped the world No. 1 from his first French Open title, and the 30-year-old now incredibly has two Grand Slams to his name. Wawrinka could not have played any better that Sunday afternoon in Paris, playing big-time tennis to perfection. It was a remarkable performance and added to Wawrinka’s growing resume, all making him one of the great players of today’s game.
Andy Murray’s Rogers Cup victory
Of course the week the tennis world came to Canada would be on our list, and it was Andy Murray who emerged with the trophy at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal. He dished Djokovic one of his just six losses on the year in the final, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to take home his third Canadian title. Ousting defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori en route as well, it was an impressive string of victories for Murray as he claimed his fourth title and second Masters 1000 of the year.
Vasek Pospisil’s quarter-final Wimbledon run
For some more Canadian content, who could forget Vasek Pospisil’s run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals? He was the marathon man that fortnight at the All England Club, with three of his four wins going to five sets, including an emotional and electric 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6 triumph over Brit James Ward in the round of 32. He also picked up victories over Vincent Millot, Fabio Fognini, and Viktor Troicki to roar past his previous Slam best of the third round. Though he ended up losing to Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, it was not before he showed the tennis world just how talented he is – and how fun he is to watch.
Rafa’s late-season resurgence
By the end of the summer, people had started to write off Rafael Nadal, who didn’t win a trophy during his usual dominant European clay swing nor did he make a single Slam semifinal. But the Spaniard showed in the last few months of the season that he can still play like the Nadal of old. After the US Open, he made the Beijing final, Shanghai semifinals, Basel final, Paris quarter-finals, and semifinals at the ATP World Tour Finals. He lost twice to Djokovic, and once each to Federer, Wawrinka, and Tsonga, all worthy opponents. Let’s hope Nadal is back in-form once the 2016 season starts, because tennis is all the better when Nadal is healthy and competitive.
The 2015 season may be over, but it’s never too long until the calendar starts up again. The 2016 season opens the first week of January in Brisbane, Chennai, and Doha. Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto will take place July 23-31, 2016.