With two dominant year-end No. 1s in Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, many see clear choices here. But, surprise Slam winners on the men’s side and a retirement of Li Na while the reigning Australian Open champion, gives our readers more choices. Plus, Roger Federer came one set from adding another Wimbledon crown to a growing resume that now includes a Davis Cup win.
Marin Cilic: The big and tall Croatian struggled up and down until August, but after reaching the second week he played perfectly, knocking down Berdych, Federer and Nishikori to win the US Open title. He needs to be more consistent overall, but he’s improved huge amount.
Novak Djokovic: The Serbian finished No. 1 again and pulled off the most spectacular in the Grand Slam final when he survived Roger Federer 7-5 in the fifth set. However, he only one Slam – was that good enough after losing some other huge matches in Australia, Roland Garros and the Us Open?
Roger Federer: The Swiss was unable to win a Slam, but the 33 year old was oh so close at Wimbledon and helped win Davis Cup for the first time.
Rafael Nadal: Yes the Spaniard barely played after early July, but he won Roland Garros for the ninth time – a record – and nearly won at Australia again. However he is constanly getting hurt and that’s is painful
Kei Nishikori: The super fast 24 year old from Japan didn’t win a Sla, but he reached the final of the US Open and put together big wins to start the year until the finish, ending ranked No. 5.
Stan Wawrinka: The Swiss finally won a Slam, knocking down Djokovic and Nadal to win at the Aussie. He put on some of the most fun matches, but he’s been way up and down after January.
Eugenie Bouchard: In so many ways, she came out of nowhere … the little kid reached the Australian Open and Roland Garros semis and the Wimbledon final. Sure, she fell apart after July, but she was extremely fast and aggressive.
Simona Halep: The Romanian was so close to being able to win Roland Garros in the final against Sharapova, But in the last two games, she was overwhelmed. However, she was been much more consistent overall and now loves to attack from inside the baseline.
Petra Kvitova: The Czech want to be become No.1 next year, and she was excellent winning Wimbledon, and grabbing the Fed Cup for the third time in the last four years. Yes, she can get frustrated, but the tall girl is faster now and is tougher overall.
Li Na: Unfortunately, Li retired during this fall. But, who can forget about the best Chinese player ever and who knocked off her foes by winning the Australian Open?
Maria Sharapova: Yes, she has had a lot of trouble against Williams over the years, but she has become so smart and faster recently. She won another Roland Garros, her fifth Slam, and pushed hard all year long.
Serena Williams: One of the all-time greats was upset when she wasn’t nailing down against the other top players, But, then, she went on a tear since mid-July, winning the US Open and the WTA final.
Caroline Wozniacki: We have all been waiting for the former No. 1 to be able to start beating the best again. Since this summer, she was as good as anyone except for Serena Williams, her great friend whom she still can’t find a way to outlast her.