by Tatenda Ziyambi

It’s been a while since we last saw this. The traditional “Big 3” of tennis once again finished in the top 3 of the ATP men’s year end rankings.

Novak Djokovic ended the year in top spot, Rafael Nadal came in at number 2 while Roger Federer finished at number 3, marking the seventh time that trio lead the season's final ATP rankings.

Djokovic won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, while Federer took the Australian Open, and Nadal earned the French Open title.

They accounted for Nos. 1-3 in the final rankings from 2007 to '11 and 2014, too.

This is the first time, though, that each of those three men spent some time at No. 1 during the same year. The seven changes there were the most since 1999, when there were eight.

On the women’s side, Simona Halep ended the season at No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the second consecutive year; she clinched that spot more than a month ago. Angelique Kerber was No. 2 among women, followed by Caroline Wozniacki.


The rest of the men’s ATP top 10 for 2018:

4. Alexander Zverev

5. del Potro

6. Kevin Anderson

7. Marin Cilic

8. Dominic Thiem

9. Kei Nishikori

10. John Isner.


The rest of the women’s ATP top 10 for 2018

4. Elina Svitolina

5. Naomi Osaka

6. Sloane Stephens

7. Petra Kvitova

8. Karolina Pliskova

9. Kiki Bertens

10. Daria Kasatkina