The 2014 season of ATP has been full of action, shocks, upsets and lots of surprises. It saw some players achieving great feats and some upcoming players of next generation portray their potential. The year saw some surprise wins in Grand-Slams to great players achieving even greater heights.
With the year coming to an end let us review and highlight the Top-5 Tennis players (Men) of the year 2014, their achievements and see where they stand.
5. Kei Nishikori –
He is young, he is quick and seeing the ball early has been one of his biggest strengths. Ranked Number 16 at the end of 2013 the 24 year old Japanese now ranks number 5 in the world with 5025 ATP points. He has been successful enough to trouble the giants of the game.
Nishikori did not win a grand slam but made it to the finals of US Open and lost against Marin Cilic. Nishikori did win significant tournaments in Memphis, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. Nishikori lost a dramatic final against Rafael Nadal in Madrid due to injury forcing retirement.
All in all, it was a power and achievement packed year for the upcoming player. Nishikori has career earnings of $8,026,263 and a career win-loos record 189-105.
4. Stanislas Wawrinka –
The Swiss was seen in red hot form this year at the Australian Open. With one Grand Slam in his name this year Wawrinka sits at a world rank number of 4 at the end of this year.
Wawrinka began his season by winning the Chennai Open and he continued his form to the Australian Open. Wawrinka won the Australian Open where he played an immense 4-set match against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals followed by a dramatic final against then world Number 1, Rafael Nadal.
The match went on for 4 sets resulting in the win of Wawrinka making it his first Gram Slam of the career. Apart from his Australian Open title, Wawrinka has a fierce backhand of which he can be extremely proud of.
Wawrinka also won the Monte-Carlo Masters title and also made it to semis of ATP World Tour Finals. Wawrinka ranked Number 8 at the end of 2013. He has a career win-loss record of 337-215 and career earnings of $14,399,798.
3. Rafael Nadal –
The year has been a roller coaster for this Spanish ace player. The year of 2014 saw him achieving his biggest mark in tennis whereas he also suffered from injury crisis.
Nadal’s biggest win of the season was his French Open title also his 9th of the career. Nadal became the first player to win a single Grand Slam nine times. Nadal began the season by winning the Qatar Open and later on won the Rio Open and Madrid Open.
Nadal did not have an impressive clay court season like previous years and also lost to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round of Wimbledon which was quite a upset for the viewers as Nick ranked 143 seeds below him. Nadal lost a dramatic final to Wawrinka at the Australian Open where he suffered from back injury during the match.
Rafael Nadal pulled out from US Open and also struggled with form after coming back from injury. Nadal pulled out from the rest of the season missing major tournaments due to operation for appendicitis and stem cell operation in the back.
Rafael Nadal ranks Number 3 at the end of the season. Nadal has a career win-loss record of 706-140 and career prize money of $71,379,236. Rafael ranked Number 1 at the end of 2013.
2. Roger Federer –
This season has been quite successful for Federer considering his performances from the past few years. Federer ranks Number 2 at the end of the season with 9775 points which is a lot better than his 2013 ranking of Number 7.
Federer did not win a Grand Slam this year but managed to reach Wimbledon Finals making it his 25th Grand Slam finals appearance. In the finals, he lost a 5-setter against Djokovic. Federer won titles at Basel, Shanghai, Cincinnati, Halle and Dubai.
He also managed to reach the finals of Canada, Brisbane, Monte-Carlo and Indian Wells. Federer reached the finals of ATP World Tour Finals where he withdrew from the finals due to a back injury. Federer had a quite successful year with four titles and several final appearances.
Towards the end of the season and in the IPTL he looked in sublime form. Federer has a career win-loss record of 996-227 and career earnings of $88,611,538.
1. Novak Djokovic –
Novak Djokovic stands crowned the ATP Year End World Number 1 Ranking with 11360 points. Novak this season regained his world Number 1 ranking after losing it the previous year. Novak won one Grand Slam and also ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Novak won his 2nd Wimbledon title this year defeating Federer in the finals in a 5-set match. He made it to the finals of the French Open where he lost from Rafael Nadal in the final in a 4-set match.
In the Quarter-Finals of the Australian Open he lost a hard fought match against Stan Wawrinka. He also reached the semi-finals of US Open where he lost to Kei Nishikori.
Djokovic won titles at Paris, Beijing, Rome, Miami and Indian Wells. He regained world number 1 thanks to his victory against Federer in Wimbledon finals. Djokovic has a career win-loss record of 604-140 and earnings of $72,403,908.
Novak ranked Number 2 at the end of the previous season. Djokovic was truly the number 1 player of the year as he managed to win almost all the finals he reached except one.