Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Re: Best "Year end top 10" from the last 5 years?
2009. Del Potro had pretty much as good a season (point-wise) as two of Sampras's #1 years and was still #5 in the end. Shows how competitive it was at the top.
It was a great year, with six players in the mix for big titles since the beginning of the season (Federer, Nadal, Del Potro, Roddick, Djokovic and Murray) and some guys having big breakthroughs, namely Verdasco at AO and Soderling at FO, not to mention Davydenko finally getting a big title in O2. We also had New Balls taking a stand at Wimbledon with Roddick, Hewitt, Haas and Ferrero in the quarters (apart from Federer of course).
Nadal's epic exploits in Australia, Federer's heroic run in Paris to get the career Grand Slam, Roddick's heartbreak at Wimbledon, Del Potro dehtroning Federer under the lights in New York to get his first Slam... Soderling beating Nadal in Paris. Djokovic and Murray underperforming at Slams, but ranked #3 and #4 ahead of Del Potro due to fantastic Masters 1000 performances all year long. Just a fantastic year all around, I thought.
And how could I forget that epic group in WTF with Federer, Del Potro, Murray and Verdasco, with every match going 3 sets and Federer and Del Potro advancing due to game difference.
It was the year where I felt we had more players capable of contending for big tournaments; of the top 10 only Tsonga failed to have a great performance at a Slam, and even he had that epic victory over Federer in Montreal.
Last edited by Mark Lenders; 05-24-2012 at 04:39 AM.