The ranking at the end of the year: Italy and Russia unique with two players in the top 10

Djokovic king of the end of the year, Berrettini (n.7) and Sinner (n.10) finish in the top 10, only the Russian champions of Davis do better with Medvedev n. 2 and Rublev n.5

Luca Marianantoni


As per tradition, it is up to the Davis Cup final to close the tennis season and archive the entire year. On the throne of the world there are Novak Djokovic who nearly won the Grand Slam and Russia who yesterday, after winning the ATP Cup in February, also won the third silver salad bowl after those won in 2002 and 2006 with the great Marat Safin. But there is also a lot of Italy in this 2021 that is coming to an end: there was the explosion of Jannik Sinner, who entered the top 10 by arrogance at the end of the season, then there was the consecration of Matteo Berrettini, finalist at Wimbledon, and the confirmation of all the large blue platoon (8 units) present within the top hundred. And for the first time in history, Italy, like Russia, is the nation with the highest number of top 10: we have Berrettini n. 7 and Sinner n. 10, the Russians have Medvedev 2 and Rublev, 5. And it is precisely on the basis of the list of the first hundred players in the world that we retrace the year in numbers, the 49th in Open history with the computerized rankings produced weekly by the ATP.

The players, in 49 years of ATP rankings, to have closed at least one season among the top 100 in the world. There are 16 newcomers in 2021: the highest ranking is the Russian Aslan Karatsev who finished the year at number 18. The others are, in alphabetical order, Carlos Alcaraz (32), Daniel Altmaier (100), Sebastian Baez (97), Benjamin Bonzi (63), Jenson Brooksby (56), Juan Manuel Cerundolo (89), Hugo Gaston (66), Tallon Griekspoor (64), Sebastian Korda (41), Henri Laaksonen (96), Alex Molcan ( 87), Lorenzo Musetti (59), Brandon Nakashima (67), Artur Rinderknech (58) and Botic Van de Zandschulp (57).

The Italians to have closed a season among the top 100 in the world. Here is the complete list divided by year of entry: Barazzutti, Bertolucci, Panatta and Zugarelli 1973, Ocleppo 1979, Claudio Panatta 1982, Cancellotti 1983, Canè and Colombo 1986, Pistolesi 1987, Nargiso 1988, Camporese 1989, Caratti and Furlan 1990, Pescosolido and Pozzi 1991, Gaudenzi 1993, Sanguinetti 1997, Tieleman 1999, Luzzi 2001, Volandri 2003, Starace 2004, Bracciali and Seppi 2005, Di Mauro 2006, Bolelli and Fognini 2007, Lorenzo 2009, Cipolla 2011, Cecchinato 2015, Fabbiano 2017, Berrettini 2018, Caruso, Sinner, Sonego and Travaglia 2019, Mager 2020 and Musetti 2021.

10 Those born in the new millennium to have closed a season in the top 100. In 2000 they are Felix Auger Aliassime, Sebastian Baez, Jenson Brooksby, Hugo Gaston and Sebastian Korda, of 2001 Jannik Sinner, Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Brandon Nakashima, of 2002 Carlos Alcaraz and Lorenzo Musetti.

It is the year of birth of the largest number of players who have closed a season in the top 100: they were born in 1965 Cash, Forget, Emilio Sanchez, Canè, Pozzi, Brown, Frawley, Benhabiles, Westphal, Lundgren, Vajda, Canter, Mansdorf , Youl, Jelen, Novacek, Rostagno, Fleurian, Mezzadri, Woodforde, Reneberg, Cahill, Stankovic, Aldrich, Rahnasto, Connell, Mronz, Shelton, Baur and Roese. For Italy, however, the best vintages were 1970 with Nargiso, Caratti and Furlan and 1981 with Volandri, Starace and Lorenzi.

The record seasons, all consecutive, spent by Roger Federer among the top 100 players in the world. The Swiss champion finished his first year in the top 100 in 1999 and his 23rd in 2021. Seconds tied, all at 19 vintages, are Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Feliciano Lopez and Rafael Nadal. With 18 Fabrice Santoro and Richard Gasquet, with 17 Ivan Lendl, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Fernando Verdasco, Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and Novak Djokovic. The two most present Italians are Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini with 15 seasons in the top 100.

The tennis players to have closed at least 10 years among the top 10. Roger Federer is still the leader with 18 seasons, second is Rafael Nadal with 17, third tied Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi with 16, fifth Novak Djokovic with 14, sixth Ivan Lendl with 13, Pete Sampras seventh with 12, Boris Becker eighth with 11 and tied ninth John McEnroe and Stefan Edberg with 10. Only 4 Italian tennis players have closed a season in the top 10: Adriano Panatta n ° 7 in 1976 , Corrado Barazzutti n ° 10 in 1978, Matteo Berrettini n ° 8 in 2019, n ° 10 in 2020 and n ° 7 in 2021, and Jannik Sinner n ° 10 in 2021.

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The ranking at the end of the year: Italy and Russia unique with two players in the top 10