Roger Federer’s 1000 career win. ATP Brisbane 2015
In Brisbane Roger Federer managed to claim his 83rd ATP title by beating Milos Raonic in the final - 6/4, 6/7 (2), 6/4. However, his main achievement that day was scoring his 1000th career victory, which made Federer the third tennis player in history with so many wins. First in this list goes the American Jim Connors with 1253 victories followed by his compatriot Ivan Lendl with 1071 wins. Thus, the Swiss has once again demonstrated that he is worthy of his legendary status.
Stan Wawrinka’s first indoors title. ATP Rotterdam 2015
Stan Wawrinka arrived in Rotterdam with hardly any hopes for success, as until then he has never won indoors tournaments. However, this time things went differently. The Swiss had a troublesome way to the final, where his was due to play with the defending champion Tomas Berdych. After Wawrinka had lost the first set, many believed that it was all over for him. Surprisingly for everyone Stan was able to turn the tables on Berdych in the next set and eventually closed out the match 4/6, 6/3, 6/4. This long-awaited title became Wawrinka’s ninth title in his professional career.
Novak Djokovic's fifth AO title. Australian Open 2015
By beating Andy Murray in the AO final Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era who managed to win this tournament 5 times. Nevertheless, we should admit that this might have never happened as it was one of those matches where Murray was stronger than Djokovic but lost anyway. Andy managed to improve towards the final, not only physically but also psychologically, which he had proved in his previous matches. Unfortunately, at the crucial moment the Briton could not withstand all the pressure that surrounded him and was beaten by the cool-headed and consistent Djokovic (throughout the season we will see many times how hard it is still for Andy to play Novak). The final was very tense and lasted for 3h 39min! The score was 7/6 (5), 6/7 (4), 6/3, 6/0. Perhaps, it was the victory which helped the Serb to achieve such unprecedented success this season.
Ivo Karlovic’s title in Delray Beach
Ivo Karlovic won the title in Delray Beach to become the oldest champion since Jimmy Connors, aged 37 who won in Tel Aviv in 1989 and the oldest ATP champion in 26 years! In the final the Croat outplayed Donald Young, having saved 7 breakpoints throughout the match! Ivo scored 91 aces during the tournament. Karlovic had a solid season and now can enjoy a well-deserved rest. Keep up the good work, Ivo!
Roger Federer’s title in Istanbul. ATP Istanbul 2015
What a hard week for Roger it was! Nevertheless, despite all difficulties the Swiss managed to get his 85th ATP title by defeating Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay 6/3, 7/6 (11) in the final. It made Roger the first ever Istanbul Open champion. Federer was really satisfied by such а great result, as he said: "It's been a tough week; four tough matches. I think the final was my best one. I'm very happy. I'm very proud to be the first champion at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I've had a wonderful week. On and off the court, I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoy the crowd support and experience Turkey.” This event will remain in the history of tennis and a great memory for Roger Federer.
Andy Murray’s two clay titles: ATP Munich, ATP Madrid
All tennis fans know how the Brit hates playing on clay. Therefore, no one, including us, expected to see him winning two clay tournaments this spring. Moreover, if the title in Munich at the mediocre tournament seemed logical (due to the lack of strong opponents), than victory in Madrid and defeated Rafael Nadal in the final surprised everyone. Maybe it was his marriage, which inspired him to play better or a new coach Jonas Bjorkman, who helped him build confidence. Whatever it was, this two victories deserve to be named as the highlights of the year.
Stan Wawrinka’s French Open title
Wawrinka’s victory at the French Open was probably the most sensational moment of 2015. He claimed his first French Open title by defeating no one else but Novak Djokovic in the final – 4/6, 6/4, 6/3, 6/4. With the power of his lucky shorts Stan left Novak one title away from his career Grand Slam. Well, maybe next year Djokovic will be more successful in Paris, until then he can only dream about this trophy.
Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon 2015 title
It became Djokovic’s second consecutive Wimbledon title and third one in his career. Many predicted Federer’s triumph, as he was showing the best game at the tournament. However, in the final against Novak, Roger was able to show resistance only in the first two sets. The final score was 7/6, 6/7, 6/4, 6/3. It was a classy win by Novak, but maybe Federer’s age also played its role too. Djokovic looked much stronger than his rivals this season, so it will be interesting to see what will bring the next year…
Benoit Paire’s title in Bastad
It was surprising for our team to see Benoit Paire winning in Bastad. It became the first ATP title in his short career, so this year Paire will remember forever. In the final match he was playing Tommy Robredo. However, even the Spanish veteran could not stop extra-motivated Paire. The Frenchman won 7/6, 6/3. We believe that it was not the last title for the talented French player.
Dominiс Thiem victories in Umag and Gstaad
Dominiс Thiem is a very promising athlete, whom you can safely name the breakthrough of the year. The Austrian managed to win two clay tournaments in Umag and Gstaad, which is a huge accomplishment for the player of his age. His first victory came in Umag, where he outplayed Joao Sousa in the final encounter – 6/4, 6/1. Then, without any rest, elated by success Thiem claimed another title in Gstaad, beating top-seed Goffin 7/5, 6/2. In addition to the victories in Gstaad and Umag Thiem managed to win the tournament in Nice in May.
Novak Djokovic losses in Cincinnati again
It happened so that in the Cincinnati final met players with drastically different performance at this tournament. Federer has never lost the final match here, while for Djokovic this Masters is the only ATP 1000 tournament, which he has not conquered yet. This time everything happened according to the usual scenario – Federer lifted the trophy in Cincinnati for the seventh time, while Novak tasted the bitterness of defeat once again– 6/7, 3/6. Therefore, Cincinnati Masters remains the only major tournament after the French Open, which Novak has never won.
Djokovic’s multiple victories in New York, Beijing, at the ATP World Tour Finals
This season Djokovic demonstrated truly perfect game and uncompromising will to win. Sometimes it seemed as if he was a player from another planet. Maybe it’s simply the change of generations in tennis (aging Federer, Nadal's loss of form). Maybe his success is just a coincidence. Next year should bring us the answers to all this questions, while now we can only wait and hope that in the future season there will be players able to resist Novak. In 2015 Djokovic really showed the highest level of tennis and deserves to be ranked the world No. 1!
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