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Best ATP season ever?

During the entire open era, what was the best ATP season ever?

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Re: Best ATP season ever?

2012

2008 was pretty great,

greatest match ever
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Djokovic breaking through
Olympics finally getting the respect they deserve
Murray making his first slam final

It really was the start of this super era, and the post-Roger dominance. 2005 was pretty sweet as well

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Djokovic already had his breakthrough in 2007, imho.
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2009. 2008 was awful.


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Re: Best ATP season ever?

Typical Fedtards saying the best ATP seasons are the years that Federer dominated

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Djokovic already had his breakthrough in 2007, imho.
He got it done in 08, huge difference between winning masters and reaching a final, and winning your first slam. Ask Murray

2005 clay season was truly epic, Nadal-Coria with some crackers, that Rome match

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2003, 2004, 2008 were all fun.

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During the entire open era, what was the best ATP season ever?
Edit: my apologies. Thought you meant best player season's, not all around tour season.

It's quite difficult for me to name a single year as "the best". Still 1969 would be high on my list, it was the first year I can reasonably remember and 30-31 year old Rocket Rod Laver winning the grand slam was epic with a 90 game AO semifinal vs. Roche, beating legend Rosewall at Roland Garros, victories over Emerson, Ashe, and Roche at the US Open. He also won 14 other singles titles that year, the AO doubles title (with Emerson) and was the doubles finalist at Roland Garros. And then 41 year old Pancho Gonzalez come from behind marathon 2 day victory over 25 year old Charlie Pasarell in the 3rd round at Wimbledon cannot be forgotten, 22-24, 1–6, 16-14, 6–3, 11-9, saving 7 match points. This match probably was the "final nail" responsible for instituting the tiebreak. Gonzalez went on to win some high profile tournaments defeating top players like Newcombe, Rosewall, Stan Smith and Ashe late in 1969 and he was the top American money-winner for 1969 ($46,288).

Probably a couple of the late 70's-1980 seasons with Borg, Vilas, Connors, McEnroe and others rate high.
Late 80's early 90's with Becker, Lendl, Edberg, young Agassi, 39 year old Connors at the '91 USO. Perhaps Muster, Sampras, Becker, Agassi 1995. 2012 has been an interesting and competitive year thus far with Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray providing the big highlights.

1. Rod Laver's 1969. 30-31 years old. THE Grand Slam, Match record 106-16, 18 tournaments won. He beat Tony Roche in the blistering heat on sun-baked grass of the Australian Open in a 90 game semifinal. He beat fellow Aussie legend Ken Rosewall on the clay at Roland Garros, and then at Wimbledon beat Ashe in the semifinal followed by the upcoming champion John Newcombe in the final. This was followed by defeating Emerson, Ashe, and finally Tony Roche at the rain soaked grass of the US Open.

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Federer's 2006, 3 of 4 majors + masters cup, 92-5 match record, 12 titles. Nadal, Davydenko, Roddick main competition

McEnroe's 1984, 82-3 match record, 2 of 3 majors played + masters grand prix and WCT Finals, 13 titles. Lendl, Connors, Wilander main competition

Djokovic's 2011, 3 of 4 majors, 70-6, 10 titles with Nadal, Federer, Murray main competition.


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Re: Best ATP season ever?

Anyways:

2005 - Safin's journey at the AO and Nadal announcing himself as a huge contender were the biggest highlights for me that year.
2006 - Federer in his prime. What more can you say about his form. It was so good, I envied the fucker.
2008 - Changing of the guard; huge breakthrough for Nadal and Djokovic. Federer's recovery at US Open, Tsonga winning first MS1000.
2011 - The unexpected. Djokovic taking command of the tour after winning AO. Something different. Quite amazing.
2012 (quite possibly) - Epic AO final (too bad Rafa lost the way he did, but awesome effort from Novak). Nadal back to winning ways on clay. Old bones at 30 proving he still has magic left in the tank.

Edit: Hard to know a single, personal best ATP season ever...

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2005.
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Typical Fedtards saying the best ATP seasons are the years that Federer dominated
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Re: Best ATP season ever?

2008 was pretty sad for me, but still great for tennis.

This year, I like that 3 different guys have won majors.
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2009 really .3/4 slam finals went the distance and one that didnt was historic in itself .Plus we had some great matches and 5 players doing well going into the new season

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Re: Best ATP season ever?

This year is pretty fun in comparison to, say, 2004 onwards as there have arguably been two shifts in momentum during the season for the first time in a while, Djokovic -> Nadal -> Federer (as opposed to 2008 with one seismic one in the middle).

2009 was a good year though in terms of general drama and slam finals.

Will Federer regain the #1 spot and break Sampras's record for most weeks at the top?

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