ATP’s Top 10 Men’s Tennis Players
The Association of Tennis Players (ATP) has been in existence since September 1972 when it was founded as a means of protecting the interests of male tennis players. The ATP has controlled the men’s tennis tour since 1990, when the association first attached its name to the men’s tour. The ATP rankings are deemed to be the official guide when it comes to determining the best players in the world. As of February 14, 2014, here are the official top 10 male tennis players in the world.
Djokovic is from Serbia and Montenegro and is a national hero in his homeland. With 41 career singles titles and six Grand Slam titles, since turning pro in 2003, the former world number one player is still a highly feared competitor in the sport. Most experts rate Djokovic in the top 10 all-time male players and he is known for being an all-court player with the backhand down the line as one of his best shots. His versatility is shown by the fact that only a French Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal in 2012 stopped him from completing a Career Slam and he won three Grand Slam titles in 2011. He was surprisingly beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter final of the Australian Open in 2014.
The Swiss player had a terrific 2013 after a semifinal appearance at the U.S. Open, but 2014 is already looking better as he won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Since turning pro in 2002, Wawrinka has six career singles titles and is known for having an incredibly powerful and accurate one-handed backhand. He has been criticized for lack of mental strength, since he has lost numerous high pressure matches; however, the recent win in Australia is evidence that he has worked on this aspect of his game.
The Argentine has been a professional tennis player since 2005 and the 6’ 6” giant has managed 18 singles titles in his career, including a recent win at Apia International Sydney tournament that was held just before the Australian Open. Unfortunately, this win did not lead to better things, as he was dumped out in the second round of the year’s first Grand Slam event. He has a very powerful first serve and has great success when play attacking shots from the baseline. This style helped him win the U.S. Open in 2009, which is his only Grand Slam tournament win to date.
The Spaniard seems to be the epitome of ‘solid but unspectacular,’ though this may be doing him a grave disservice, because he has 20 singles tournament wins to his name since turning pro in 2000. Ferrer did reach the 2013 French Open final. Ferrer is known for being a determined player who likes to stay on the baseline and he also has a reputation for being one of the best returners of just about anyone’s serve in the sport. He reached the quarter finals of the Australian Open in 2014.
The Scottish tennis star has been a pro since 2005 and he quickly established himself as one of the world’s best players; his 28 singles tournament victories help to substantiate that notion. While he has lost three Australian Open finals, he broke his Grand Slam luck at the U.S. Open in 2012, before an emotional triumph on his ‘home’ court at Wimbledon in 2013. Murray is excellent at quickly changing from defense to offense and has a superb, perhaps even feared, two-handed backhand. He reached the quarter-final at the Australian Open in 2014.
The Czech player has won eight career singles titles since turning pro in 2002. His best Grand Slam performance was a 2010 Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer. Berdych has been praised for having a hard-hitting, clean game and is capable of generating great speed on his serve and backhand; however, it is his forehand that really wins him points. He reached the semifinal of the 2014 Australian Open this year, where he was beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka.
You are probably shocked that the Swiss master is ranked this low; however, 2013 was not a good year by his incredible standards. Since turning professional in 1998, Federer has won an incredible 77 ATP Tour singles titles and 17 Grand Slam titles. He is widely regarded as one of the all-time tennis greats and was once ranked the number one men’s singles player for 237 straight weeks! Federer is known for being a great all-court player and is capable of incredible shot-making, not to mention he also has a brilliant backhand smash shot. He recently reached the semifinal of the 2014 Australian Open, so discount Federer at your peril.
Although Gasquet has 10 singles titles to his name, he may feel that he has underachieved somewhat, especially since the competitor has yet to reach a Grand Slam final. He has been a beaten main event semifinalist on two occasions. The French star has been a pro player since 2002 and is known for his powerful and accurate single-hand backhand shot. Gasquet is an all-court player, but is sometimes criticized for being too defensive and was beaten in the third round at the 2014 Australian Open by Tommy Robredo.
This strong and powerful French player has been a pro since 2004 and has 10 tournament wins in men’s singles in his career to date. While Tsonga has yet to win a Grand Slam event, he has come close, namely with his loss at the 2008 Australian Open finals. Tsonga’s serve is one of his most powerful weapons, as he mixes speed with slice shots like few players can. His serve has been recorded a nearly un-returnable 140 mph. While his 2014 record so far is 4-2, he was disappointed to be knocked out of the 2014 Australian Open in the fourth round by Roger Federer.