The ATP season is officially over and what a bizarre year of tennis it was.
recap of the 2017 ATP season pic.twitter.com/ca2UB9vnaT
— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) November 19, 2017
Let’s dish out a few awards to make sense of it all.
Trollope: Roger Federer – pretty much every time he stepped on the court, he won. Four of the game’s seven biggest titles and a 4-0 record over Rafa didn’t hurt, either.
Rogers: Based on consistency over the full season, Rafael Nadal deserves it.
Briscomb: The Bull of Spain, Rafael Nadal.
Trollope: Until the ATP Finals I would have said Zverev. But now I’d go with Dimitrov. Victories in London and Cincy plus his AO run were fabulous.
Rogers: Based on consistency, no-one else is deserving.
Briscomb: Two Masters (Sascha) vs One Masters & ATP Finals (Dimi) crown. Grigor gets the nod for semi-decent Slam results.
Trollope: Probably Goffin. Quietly consistent and at times brilliant. What a finish to the season.
Rogers: Diego Schwartzman. The Argentinean might be small in stature, but he has a big heart. Only eight players won more matches this season.
Briscomb: Lucas Pouille. Only player to win a title on all three surfaces.
Trollope: Rafa at the US Open – any time the Spaniard opts for the all-black kit, it’s a winner. (I’m ignoring that highlighter-pink jacket)
Rogers: Alexander Zverev’s Indian Wells-Miami outfit was simple, yet still vibrant and fun.
Briscomb: Sascha’s Borg-esque outfit from Pharrell’s Adidas Statement collection was phenomenal.
Trollope: For me, it’s a tie between Goffin and Jack Sock.
Rogers: Grigor Dimitrov. Four titles, including winning his first Masters and ATP Finals on debut, is a mightily impressive turnaround for a player ranked No.40 in mid-2016.
Trollope: I was impressed with how Kevin Anderson rebounded from an injury-plagued 2016, and even his struggles in the early stages of 2017.
Rogers: Kevin Anderson. After falling to a ranking low of No.80 in January after a horror injury run, the 31-year-old’s return to make a first Grand Slam final was remarkable.
Briscomb: Juan Martin del Potro.
Trollope: Denis Shapovalov. What an exciting find! His performance at the Montreal Masters – and that victory over Nadal – was pretty special.
Rogers: Russian Andrey Rublev. He’s determined, talented and refreshingly humble.
Briscomb: Heart says Shapo, head says Rublev and my gut says Hyeon.
Trollope: Del Potro’s five-set comeback against Thiem at the US Open. Epic.
Rogers: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal, Australian Open final. The anticipation and build-up was something else – and the two champions delivered an unforgettable match.
Briscomb: Nadal vs Dimitrov, Australian Open. I felt exhausted just watching it.
Trollope: Seeing Roger back to his highest level, with a more potent backhand, was lovely.
Rogers: Nick Kyrgios. He brings an exciting level of unpredictability to every match – and at his best, his tennis is simply sensational.
Briscomb: NK Rising. Always NK Rising.
Trollope: Rafa’s iconic quote, when asked YET AGAIN to talk about what makes Roger so great: “I don’t want to look like I am gonna be his boyfriend.” Laughter ensues.
Rogers: When Next Gen star Alexander Bublik turned interviewer and spoke to stars like Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Bublik’s wit is as sharp as his game.
Briscomb: Watching Roger take over coaching duties from a comatose Bjorn Borj at the Laver Cup was so unintentionally funny.
Trollope: Most of the players in the top 20. But Dominic Thiem especially.
Rogers: Milos Raonic. I thought the Canadian was ready to step up and deliver on his Grand Slam potential.
Briscomb: Kyrgios. What the heck is this man doing outside the top 20?!
Trollope: Nadal v Kyrgios. They’ve had better matches than their meetings in 2017, but you genuinely don’t know who’s going to win before each match, and they’re polar opposites in every respect.
Rogers: Alexander Zverev v Nick Kyrgios. Their four meetings in 2017 were hotly-contested and featured some brilliant shot-making. It’s exciting for the future.
Briscomb: Roger vs Rafa.
Trollope: Carlos Moya. The former world No.1 joined Nadal’s team in December 2016 and from the get-go Rafa looked more invigorated and aggressive. A great addition.
Rogers: Ivan Ljubicic. Roger Federer’s revamped backhand sparked an incredible revival that has redefined history.
Briscomb: Ivan Ljubicic coached a 36-year-old to two Grand Slams among many other titles.
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