Another tennis season has drawn to a close, so have a look at the report cards for the leading men’s and women’s players and tell us who you think was the ‘player of the year’.
Roger Federer (world No.1)
Highs: Finally winning the French Open to complete career Grand Slam, Regaining Wimbledon title to overtake Pete Sampras as most prolific Grand Slam champion, regaining world number one title, reaching all four Grand Slam finals.
Lows: Losing Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal and breaking down at trophy presentation, losing US Open final to Juan Martin Del Potro, losing three times to Novak Djokovic and twice to Andy Murray, five month title drought at start of the year.
Rafael Nadal (world No.2)
Highs: Winning Australian Open title with epic five-set victory of Federer, knocked Fed from world number one ranking, suffered first loss at French Open with commendable grace, won three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles
Lows: Beaten at French Open by Robin Soderling ending 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros, couldn’t defend Wimbledon title because of injury, missed two months because of injury, 46-week reign as world number one ended.
Novak Djokovic (world No.3)
Highs: Won five titles and reached a career-high 10 season finals, finished season with most wins on tour (76)
Lows: Retired from Australian Open due to heat, lost in three-sets to Nadal at final of Monte Carlo despite playing his best clay court tennis, lost in quarter-finals at Wimbledon
Andy Murray (world No.4)
Highs: Won six titles, reached world number two rank, first British player since 1938 to win at Queen’s, won heroic five-setter against Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon was latest finish at Championships, posted 12-5 win-loss against Top 10 opponents.
Lows: Poor return at Grand Slams given his form, accused of being too negative in losing Wimbledon semi-final to Andy Roddick, lost in fourth round at US Open – his favourite Grand Slam, questions remain over his second serve.
Juan Martin Del Potro (world No.5)
Highs: Won first Grand Slam at US Open beating Federer in final, reached first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, reached career-best number five ranking, first player to beat Nadal and Federer in a Grand Slam tournament at US Open.
Lows: Lost to unseeded Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon
Serena Williams (world No.1)
Highs: Won Australian Open and beat sister Venus in Wimbledon final, finished season as world number one, won three WTA tour titles, semi-final victory over Elena Dementieva was arguably women’s game of the year.
Lows: Lost US Open semi-final to Kim Clijsters and unleashed a rant at a line judge – punishment pending, running battle with authorities a she claimed she was rightful world number one.
Dinara Safina (world No.2)
Highs: Reached Australian and French Open finals and Wimbledon semi-final, On April 20 became world number one, won three singles titles.
Lows: Still couldn’t crack first Grand Slam title, demolished by Venus Williams in Wimbledon semi-final, lost number one ranking.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (world No.3)
Highs: Won French Open title, won three WTA tour titles
Lows: Lost in third round at Wimbledon to unseeded Sabini Lisicki, lost in fourth round at US Open
Caroline Wozniacki (world No.4)
Highs: Reached career-high ranking of four, reached first Grand Slam final at US Open, won three WTA tour titles
Lows: Lost fourth round at Wimbledon to Lisicki, lost in third round at Australian and French Open.
Elena Dementieva (world No.5)
Highs: Won three WTA tour finals, reached semi-finals at Australian Open and Wimbledon,
Lows: Lost second round at US Open and third round at Roland Garros,
* Match records up to date till 23 November (source http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com)