The 2020 tennis season concluded last week with Daniil Medvedev defeating Dominic Thiem in the finals of the Nitto ATP Finals to end the year on a high. The 2020 season has been remarkable and exceptional in all circumstances. The coronavirus pandemic played a spoilsport, halting the tennis season from March to June. However, a few players have managed to continue doing well on the ATP Tour, inspite of the unprecedented times, consistently performing throughout the year.
In this article, we will have a look at the top 5 players who have registered the most wins on ATP tour in 2020.
Andrey Rublev: 41 wins
Andrey Rublev has had an incredible 2020 season, winning 5 ATP titles, the most by any player in the year. The Russian reached the quarterfinals at the US Open and the French Open, and registered 41 wins on the tour in 2020. Rublev had a busy season on tour, playing at 14 tournaments inspite of the shortened season. The Russian broke into the top 10 rankings for the first time in October.
The Russian won titles at Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg, Petersburg and the final one coming at Vienna. Unfortunately, he could not end his season on a high as he was knocked out in the round-robin stage of his maiden Nitto ATP Finals after losing to Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, the Russian did manage to win a match against the eventual runner-up, Dominic Thiem.
Novak Djokovic: 41 wins
Novak Djokovic is level with Andrey Rublev for most wins on ATP Tour in 2020, with 41 wins to his name. The Serb won 4 individual titles this year with wins at Cincinnati Masters, Italian Open, Dubai Tennis Championships and a eight Australian Open to begin the year with.
At one point of time, the Serbian looked as if he was going to finish the year unbeaten as he had a record of 26-0 until his default at the US Open in the 4th round. From then on, the Serb lost in the finals of the French Open to Rafael Nadal, quarterfinals in Vienna to Lorenzo Sonego and suffered two losses at the Nitto ATP Finals, which includes a nail biting semifinal loss to Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.
Stefanos Tsitsipas: 29 wins
Stefanos Tsitsipas, has by no means played up to his potential in 2020. The Greek won only one title all year at the Open 13 earlier this year. Yet he has managed to pile on 29 wins this year, which is still an impressive number. His best run of form came in the clay court season where he reached the Hamburg Open final and French Open semifinal.
The Greek also played well in two consecutive tournaments at Open 13 and Dubai Tennis Championships, in which he won the former tournament and ended as a runner-up in the latter to Novak Djokovic. He was knocked out in the round robin stage of Nitto ATP Finals, and was unable to defend his crown in London.
Alexander Zverev: 28 wins
Alexander Zverev ended the year with 28 wins, which is an impressive number given how well he played in the second half of the season. The German ended as a runner-up to Dominic Thiem at the US Open, losing in a 5 set thriller and won the titles at Cologne 1 and Cologne 2 in consecutive weeks.
The German also made a semi-final appearance at the Australian Open earlier this year, again losing to Dominic Thiem in 4 sets. Zverev also suffered a final defeat at the hands of Medvedev in the finals of the Paris Masters. He could not end the year well as was knocked out in the round-robin stage of the Nitto ATP Finals after losing his matches to Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic.
Daniil Medvedev: 28 wins
Nothing seemed to be going the Russian’s way up until the Paris Masters 2020. Medvedev lost in the early rounds at the French Open, Hamburg Open and the Petersburg Open. His form before the lockdown was also disastrous, as he was knocked out in the fourth round of the Australian Open and first round at Rotterdam.
Things took a turn for the better as the Russian won back to back titles in Paris and London. He started out defeating Alexander Zverev in the finals of the Paris Masters. The Russian did not look back from there on and went unbeaten at the Nitto ATP Finals on his way to the title. He defeated the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic, all top 3 scalps, in the same week. The Russian will be hoping to carry on his momentum in the 2021 season.
Rafael Nadal is one of the notable absentees in the list as he has just 27 wins to his name in the 2020 season. However, the Spaniard has not played much tennis this year, competing at just 6 tournaments in 2020. He won the Mexico Open title and his 13th French Open title, defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. One cannot give the Spaniard a lot of stick for missing from the list as he had skipped the entire American hard court season in August-September owing to coronavirus fears.