Big names stay big, but we might as well highlight the smaller ones who aspire to become bigger, and at stealing a glance at the new ATP rankings, we observe the changes that always remind us why we love tennis.
Tennis icon and legend Roger Federer pushed his way through Paris Masters to become the only second player to win a century of professional career tour titles, after Jimmy Connors, following his 99th win in his homeland Basel.
The Swiss fell short in a 3 set thriller against Novak Djokovic in a high fineness semi final 7-6(6) 5-7 7-6(3) in three hours and 2 minutes, delaying his 100 career titles celebration.
The Serb man had been on a high quality form since he picked up himself back from injury, with a 22 match winning streak and collecting two Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai and picking his second Grand Slam of the year at US Open.
After being kicked out of the top 20 in early May, Novak Djokovic’s current form makes him the favorite to return to the number 1 spot after Rafa Nadal is set to lose 1,100 points as a consequence to not participating in Shanghai and Beijing, on the other hand Novak has no points to defend as his 2017 season ended earlier than Shanghai and Beijing.
Karen Khachanov; The Russian underdog in this tournament knocked out Dominic Thiem in a 6-4 6-1 semi final, to save himself a seat in his first Masters final against Novak.
Khachanov’s finals experience were in the 250 level, and having won them all, he managed to add his fourth final home as his biggest ever career title in the French capital. Khachanov managed to steal Novak’s thunder in a 7-5 6-4 victory over the Serb to prevent Novak from equaling Nadal’s 33 Masters titles record, delay Novak’s celebration of ending the year as World’s number one, become the first Russian ever to win a Masters title since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009, and proceed to his highest career ranking as the world’s number 11.