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Nadal Paced The Tour In These Two Categories In 2018

  • Posted: Nov 20, 2018

Nadal Paced The Tour In These Two Categories In 2018

Infosys ATP Beyond the Numbers analyses the difference between winning and losing on the ATP World Tour

Imagine losing almost 50,000 points and 160 matches and calling it one of the best seasons of your life.

That’s exactly what the Top 10 combined to produce in the 2018 season, earning them north of $64 million in prize money in the process.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the Top 10 players in the ATP Rankings at the completion of the 2018 season sheds light on all the winning and losing that go hand-in-hand with reaching the pinnacle of our sport.

Total Points Won / Lost
The Top 10 combined to lose 48,501 points in the 2018 season. They averaged winning just 53.0 per cent (54,424/102/925) of total points, highlighting that their real advantage is not as much as we perceive. Kevin Anderson won the most points (6151) and also lost the most points (5726) of the Top 10 in the 2018 season.

Top 10: 2018 Season – Points Won & Lost / Prize Money



Points Won

Points Lost


Win %

Prize Money


N. Djokovic







R. Nadal







R. Federer







A. Zverev







J. M. Del Potro







K. Anderson







M. Cilic







D. Thiem







K. Nishikori







J. Isner












Rafael Nadal = Best Win Percentage
Rafael Nadal finished at No. 2 in the ATP Ranking- in the 2018 season, but he actually had the highest win percentage of points won at 55.4 per cent, which was his second best performance in the past four seasons.

Rafael Nadal 2015-2018 – Percentage Of Points Won
• 2018 = 55.4% (4281/7728)
• 2017 = 55.5% (6519/11743)
• 2016 = 53.7% (3733/6947)
• 2015 = 53.4% (6517/12215)

Nadal also had the best match-record winning percentage of Top 10 players in 2018, at 91.8 per cent (45-4).

Top 10: 2018 Season – Matches Won & Lost



Matches Won

Matches Lost

Total Matches

Win %


N. Djokovic






R. Nadal






R. Federer






A. Zverev






J. M. Del Potro






K. Anderson






M. Cilic






D. Thiem






K. Nishikori






J. Isner





Total / Average





The Top 10 averaged to win right at 75 per cent (471/631) of their matches in the 2018 season, with Alexander Zverev winning the most matches with 58 victories, including capturing the biggest title of his career by winning the Nitto ATP Finals in London on Sunday.

Reaching the Top 10 is one of the most prized goals in our sport. It’s important to consider that they still lose, on average, one out of every four matches and are only able to create a separation of just six points out of every 100 (53% won / 47% lost) from their opponents.

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Much At Stake In Challenger Season Finale

  • Posted: Nov 20, 2018

Much At Stake In Challenger Season Finale

Tournaments in Andria, Italy and Pune, India conclude the ATP Challenger Tour season

On Sunday, the Nitto ATP Finals celebrated its newest champion under the bright lights of The O2 in London. Alexander Zverev gave the tennis world a fresh glimpse into the future as he claimed his biggest title.

Zverev’s victory marked the conclusion of the ATP World Tour season, but one week remains on the ATP Challenger Tour. Players have one last opportunity to jockey for position in the year-end ATP Rankings, with a handful continuing their quest for coveted Top 100 spots.

A pair of $50,000 tournaments cap the season on the Challenger circuit, with the carpet courts of Andria, Italy and outdoor hard courts of Pune, India thrust into the spotlight. The Andria e Castel del Monte Challenger is back for a sixth straight year, maintaining its traditional season-ending spot on the calendar. And in Pune, the KPIT MSLTA Challenger ends a two-week Indian swing, marking a celebration of tennis in the country.

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Ugo Humbert leads a strong field in Andria, which also includes home favourites Lorenzo Sonego and Paolo Lorenzi, as well as fellow #NextGenATP stars Corentin Moutet and Liam Caruana. Caruana is coming off an appearance in the Next Gen ATP Finals after winning the Italian wild card competition.

The 20-year-old Humbert will be one to watch in 2019 after registering a dominant second half of the season. He earned a nomination for Newcomer of the Year in the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards Presented By Moët & Chandon. The top seed in Andria, he enters the week at No. 100 in the ATP Rankings and will be looking to finish the year as the youngest Frenchman in the Top 100.

Humbert is one of three players vying for Top 100 finishes in Andria, with No. 107 Sonego and No. 109 Lorenzi needing to win the title to achieve the feat. Defending champion Uladzimir Ignatik is also back and could face Humbert in the second round. 

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Meanwhile, in Pune, No. 102 Radu Albot is the top seed and bidding for a third straight year-end Top 100 berth. He is joined by freshly minted Indian No. 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who is coming off a title in nearby Bengaluru. Just one month ago, Gunneswaran was sitting at No. 170, but a 12-3 stretch has since moved him to the precipice of a Top 100 breakthrough, soaring to No. 110. He needs to win the title in Pune to have a chance.

Albot and Gunneswaran are accompanied by last year’s runner-up Ramkumar Ramanathan, who reached his first ATP World Tour final earlier this year in Newport, as well as 18-year-old Spaniard Nicola Kuhn, 20-year-old Brit Jay Clarke and rising Aussies Marc Polmans and Max Purcell.

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Infosys ATP Fan Meter Reveals Top 10 Loudest Moments Of The Nitto ATP Finals

  • Posted: Nov 19, 2018

Infosys ATP Fan Meter Reveals Top 10 Loudest Moments Of The Nitto ATP Finals

Crowds at The O2 reached as high as 110 decibels during the season-ending event

After eight days of thrilling Nitto ATP Finals action at The O2 in London, Alexander Zverev earned the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old German defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday, but which moment did fans inside the world famous venue in South East London connect most with? Infosys ATP Fan Meter has the answer.

Recording decibel levels inside Centre Court throughout the tournament, the Top 10 moments from the elite eight-man event have been confirmed. Six of the eight players competing for the trophy at the season finale made the Top 10 winning list, with all eight man featuring in matches containing Top 10 moments.

Leading the way, with three entries in the Top 10, is Roger Federer. The six-time champion was responsible the loudest reaction of the tournament in his opening match against Kei Nishikori, with the crowd reaching 110dB as they rallied behind the 16-time Fans’ Favourite award winner after an exquisite forehand lob in the second set. That level of sound isn’t unfamiliar to regular visitors to The O2, but this time there were no microphones, drums or guitars.


The opening singles match of the tournament provided the second loudest moment of the event, as Dominic Thiem fired a cross-court forehand winner late in his epic second-set tie-break against Kevin Anderson. Despite falling to the South African in straight sets, Thiem won the hearts of the crowd, who responded with an impressive 108dB for his fearless efforts. Thiem almost beat that figure in his following match, notching 106 dB with a solid overhead under pressure in the second set against Federer.

Runner-up Novak Djokovic makes two appearances in the list, hitting 107dB and 106dB in his first and final Group Guga Kuerten encounters, respectively. The five-time champion impressed the London crowd with a backhand winner down the line against Isner in his opening match, before stunning Marin Cilic with his phenomenal defensive skills as he completed group play with a 3-0 record.

No list would be complete without an entry from the champion in the final match of the ATP World Tour season. With 104 dB, Zverev earned his spot in the Top 10 late in the first set of the championship match. The German became the first man to break Djokovic’s serve throughout the tournament as the World No. 1 misfired on his forehand side.

Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori complete the Top 10, lifting the crowds in their fourth appearances at The O2. The 2014 US Open finalists proved finesse can be just as effective as power, with Cilic clocking 105dB for a stellar drop volley against Zverev and Nishikori hitting 104dB for an imaginative slice backhand in his round-robin loss to Anderson.

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Where Were Federer, Nadal, Djokovic & Murray At Zverev's Age?

  • Posted: Nov 19, 2018

Where Were Federer, Nadal, Djokovic & Murray At Zverev’s Age?

On Sunday, Zverev won his 10th title and first Nitto ATP Finals crown at 21 years, 212 days old

Alexander Zverev hit the high point of his still-young career on Sunday, defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to lift his first Nitto ATP Finals title at 21 years, 212 days old. It is the German’s 10th tour-level triumph, and his biggest yet.

But Zverev has accomplished a lot at his young age. He has already captured three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and earned 23 victories against opponents inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings. And by virtue of his win over Djokovic on Sunday, Zverev became the youngest Nitto ATP Finals champion since Djokovic himself a decade ago.

So one may wonder, where were some of the best players in the game when they were Zverev’s current age? flashes back to take a look at where all four active players who have reached No. 1 in the ATP Rankings were when they were 21 years, 212 days old.

Roger Federer
Considering Federer now has 99 tour-level trophies, one might be surprised that he owned just six when he was Zverev’s age.

The Swiss had climbed to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings, and won an impressive 178 tour-level matches. And Federer had won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title 10 months earlier in Hamburg, beating two opponents inside the Top 10 en route to what was the biggest triumph of his young career.

But it was after he was Zverev’s age that Federer broke out. In March of 2003, when Federer was 21 years, 212 days old, he had already lifted two trophies that season. But the Swiss would go on to win five more that year, including his first Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon and his first of a record six Nitto ATP Finals crowns in Houston, where he would beat World No. 1 Andy Roddick, World No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andre Agassi twice. The following February, Federer ascended to the top of the ATP Rankings for the first of what has been 310 weeks at World No. 1.

 Titles  Masters 1000 Titles  Career-High ATP Ranking  Record  Winning Percentage
 6  1  4  178-97  64.7%

Rafael Nadal
The Spaniard achieved an incredible amount by the time he was Zverev’s age. Nadal had already won 23 tour-level titles, including his first nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns and three Coupes des Mousquetaires at Roland Garros.

Perhaps what stands out the most is that in 2005, when Nadal turned 19 years old, the Spaniard won 11 tour-level titles. To this day, Nadal has not lifted more trophies in a single season since. Nadal claimed the first four of his record 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles that year, and he hasn’t looked back since.

When Nadal was Zverev’s age, he had already amassed more than 250 match wins. And to put that in perspective, there are less than 200 players in history who have earned that many tour-level victories, according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone.

 Titles  Masters 1000 Titles  Career-High ATP Ranking  Record  Winning Percentage
23  9  2  254-66  79.4%

Novak Djokovic
The Serbian, had recently captured his first Nitto ATP Finals trophy when he was 21 years, 112 days old. That was Djokovic’s 11th tour-level title, and it came at the close of his best season to date.

In 2008, Djokovic claimed four victories, all of which were ‘Big Titles’. The current World No. 1 won his first Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open that year, earned his third and fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Rome, and won at least 60 matches for the second consecutive year.

Djokovic spent the entirety of 2008 at No. 3 in the ATP Rankings, and he earned 11 victories against Top 10 opponents that season. And there was no stopping from there, as Djokovic would win five titles in 2009, and the rest is history.

 Titles  Masters 1000 Titles  Career-High ATP Ranking  Record  Winning Percentage
 11  4  3  185-68  73.1%

Andy Murray
The Scot had climbed to a career-best No. 4 in the ATP Rankings when he was Zverev’s age. Murray won an impressive five ATP World Tour titles in 2008, bringing his career total to eight at just 21 years of age.

Murray also claimed his first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles that season, triumphing in Cincinnati and Madrid, when the Spanish event took place later in the year on indoor hard courts. Murray also advanced to his maiden Grand Slam final in 2008, defeating Nadal en route to the championship match at the US Open, where Federer would claim his fifth consecutive trophy.

And while Murray fell short in that match, he won three of his four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Federer that year, and his win against Nadal in Flushing Meadows was his first victory against the Spaniard in six tries.

 Titles  Masters 1000 Titles  Career-High ATP Ranking  Record  Winning Percentage
8  2 4 155-65  70.4%

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Wheelchair Doubles Masters: Louise Hunt & Dana Mathewson lose final

  • Posted: Nov 19, 2018

Great Britain’s Louise Hunt and her American partner Dana Mathewson lost the women’s Wheelchair Doubles Masters final in the Netherlands.

The pair lost 6-3 6-1 to Dutch pair Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot.

Hunt and Mathewson had beaten Buis and Van Koot in a group match but found them too strong in the final.

Briton Lucy Shuker and her partner Diede de Groot won the third place play-off 6-0 6-1 against Katharina Kruger and Michaela Spaanstra.

The Masters is the ITF’s final doubles championship tour event of the year.

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Zverev stuns Djokovic to win ATP Finals – report & highlights

  • Posted: Nov 19, 2018

Alexander Zverev stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career.

Djokovic, 31, was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German.

Zverev, the third seed, broke Djokovic for a 5-4 lead in the first set, then served three big aces to take the set.

The 21-year-old continued to dominate in the second and sealed a memorable victory as Djokovic faltered.

“I’m unbelievably happy. Obviously it is the biggest title I have ever won,” said Zverev, who took home about £2m in prize money.

“How I played today, how I won it, for me it’s just amazing.”

He had lost to Djokovic in straight sets in the round-robin stage but, after beating Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals, produced a more confident performance to stop the Serb equalling Federer’s haul of end-of-season titles.

Zverev missed his first championship point before hitting a sensational backhand down the line for victory, falling to the court in a mixture of disbelief and celebration as Djokovic jumped over the net to congratulate him.

“You definitely played much better than you did the group stage,” Djokovic told him with a laugh. “You deserved to win.”

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Djokovic rattled by courageous Zverev

Zverev has long been heralded as the young player most likely to carry the mantle for the men’s game once the likes of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have retired, with the 6ft 6in German’s booming serve, crunching groundstrokes and improved play around the net showing he has all the facets needed to reach the very top.

Against Djokovic he also showed mental resilience and staying power in gruelling rallies to prove he is the real deal.

A high-quality first set remained on serve in the opening eight games, both players only managing to win three receiving points up to then, before a stray forehand from Djokovic – a rare unforced error this week – brought the first break point of the match in the following game.

Djokovic landed a deep first serve but when it came back over to his side of the court could only crack a forehand into the net.

For the first time in the tournament he had lost his serve, and for the first time he looked rattled.

The true test for Zverev was to keep his nerve and serve out for the first set, a question answered by the German firing down three aces before sealing the set as Djokovic went long with a backhand after a short rally.

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Zverev kept up the attack at the start of the second set, creating two break points in the opening game – one by outlasting Djokovic in a 26-shot rally – and taking the second opportunity.

Djokovic was somewhat gifted the break back as Zverev produced two double faults but any thought that might swing the momentum back to the Serb proved unfounded, Zverev breaking again to hold a lead which he would not relinquish.

Djokovic, who had won 35 of his previous 37 matches, suddenly lost the control he had shown all week and was unable to make Zverev serve out for victory as the German broke again to win in one hour and 19 minutes.

Zverev’s next challenge is to show he can perform over the five-set format at the Grand Slams.

This year he reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open and it looks only a matter of time – especially with eight-time major champion Ivan Lendl now in his corner – that he will go deeper into the biggest tournaments.

My game fell apart – Djokovic

Djokovic started the week as the hot favourite to win at the O2, following a remarkable resurgence which saw him win Wimbledon and the US Open on his way to regaining the number one ranking after being outside the top 20 in July.

Djokovic’s relentless returning has been the hallmark of his game and before the final he stressed the importance of putting the ball back into play on Zverev’s first serve.

Although he managed to do that regularly, Djokovic perhaps did not account for Zverev being able to stick with him in the long rallies.

For once Djokovic was unable to wear down his opponent and, coupled with his below-par service game, was unable to seriously threaten Zverev.

Djokovic appeared to wane mentally as the match slipped away from his grasp, although defeat here cannot take the shine off an extraordinary year.

“He had big serves. I wasn’t returning well,” Djokovic said. “I wasn’t making him move too much. I was making way too many unforced errors.

“From 4-4 in the first set, my game fell apart. But if we put things in perspective it has been an amazing year and a great comeback.”

A big step up for Zverev – analysis

BBC Sport tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Zverev was so good in the first set – serving consistently at over 140mph – that Djokovic looked punch drunk in the second.

The world number one had played an almost perfect match against Kevin Anderson on Saturday, but after his serve was broken three times in a row, his belief drained.

Zverev has already won three Masters events, but this title is a step up. The next step is a Grand Slam: Ivan Lendl is now helping his dad with the coaching and, for the record, Roger Federer had not won a Grand Slam at the age Zverev is now.

There should be a lot to look forward to in 2019. Djokovic has dominated the second half of the season, but the only three players to have beaten him since the beginning of Wimbledon are no more than 22 years old.

‘Surpass Djokovic? Let’s chill out a bit’

Djokovic believes Zverev’s win could have deeper significance for the men’s game, with the world number one saying he “deserves everything he gets”.

“There’s a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory of professional tennis in our careers,” added Djokovic. “Hopefully he can surpass me. I mean, I sincerely wish him that.”

But Zverev played down catching the 14-time major champion, who has won 72 career titles – five of those coming at the ATP Finals.

“I hope I can do great. But just chill out a little bit,” said the German.

“I mean, I’ve won one of those. He won five. He’s won, I don’t know what, 148 titles more than me. Let’s not go there for now.”

And Zverev talked up the presence of the only other players to have beaten Djokovic since the start of this year’s Wimbledon – 22-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20.

“Us young guys, we’re coming through. Khachanov winning the Masters in Paris was a big thing. I was very happy for him. I wasn’t happy that he beat me, but I was happy for the victory that he had because I’m quite good friends with him,” he said.

“The victory for Tsitsipas in Toronto, I felt like Novak wasn’t playing his best there, but obviously all the credit to Tsitsipas. You have to beat someone like Novak because he’s not going to give you the match.

“It’s great, but the future, we still got multiple and multiple years for all of us ahead. A lot of things can happen. A lot of things can change. I’ll do everything I can to be on top. But the other guys are playing great tennis as well.”

Game, set and stats…

  • Zverev is the first player to beat both Djokovic and Federer in the same ATP Finals
  • He is also the first to beat the top two seeds in the semi-finals and final of the event since Andre Agassi in 1990
  • Zverev, aged 21 years and six months, is the youngest champion at the ATP Finals since Djokovic in 2008
  • Zverev is the first German winner since Boris Becker in 1995
Recent ATP finals
2017: Grigor Dimitrov beat David Goffin
2016: Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic
2015: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer
2014: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer
2013: Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal
2012: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer

Doubles victory for Bryan & Sock

Mike Bryan and Jack Sock won the doubles title in thrilling fashion, coming from a set down to beat French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7 6-1 13-11.

Bryan, 40, only paired up with Sock in June because brother Bob, with whom he has won 16 Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold, is currently recovering from a hip injury.

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Challenger Q&A: Opelka Caps Top 100 Climb With Champaign Crown

  • Posted: Nov 19, 2018

Challenger Q&A: Opelka Caps Top 100 Climb With Champaign Crown

21-year-old sits down with broadcaster Mike Cation to discuss his victory in Champaign and Top 100 breakthrough

Finishing the season inside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings is a special achievement for those competing on the ATP Challenger Tour. It marks the culmination of a year of hard work and often signals a turning point in a player’s career.

But few Top 100 ascents are as dramatic as this. Reilly Opelka opened the month of September at No. 173, with a mountain to climb to crack the century mark. Having struggled with a bout of mononucleosis over the U.S. summer, the 21-year-old needed to find his form in a hurry. What resulted will go down as one of the most memorable storylines of the Challenger season.

Opelka had claimed just 17 match wins during the year, as he stepped on the hard courts of windy Chicago in the first week of September. He would double that total in the coming months, capping his Top 100 ascent with a stunning 17-4 stretch. It all kicked off with back-to-back finals in Chicago and Cary and culminated with consecutive titles in Knoxville and Champaign. That’s four final appearances in just six tournaments following the US Open. 

On Saturday, Opelka blasted to a career-high No. 98 in the ATP Rankings behind a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Ryan Shane in the final of the JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana. He needed to sweep both indoor events in Knoxville and Champaign to conclude his season and he did just that, reeling off nine straight matches with aplomb. Playing with poise and maturity from the baseline, the 6’11” American did not only rely on his seismic serve. Armed with a more consistent and patient ground game, coaches Jay Berger and Jean-Yves Aubone have guided their young charge to new heights.

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Opelka Fast Facts
– Concludes the season in second place among Challenger win-loss percentage leaders (.756), behind only Vasek Pospisil (.784).
– One of six players to win at least three titles in 2018, joining Guido Andreozzi (4), Pablo Andujar (3), Hugo Dellien (3), Christian Garin (3) and Jordan Thompson (3).
– First American to win three titles in a single season since 2014 (Bradley Klahn and Sam Querrey).
– Joins Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz as Americans aged 21 & under to feature in the year-end Top 100.

After winning in Champaign, Opelka spoke to broadcaster Mike Cation…

You said last week that Top 100 didn’t really matter to you, because of the long-term goals. That being said, now you’re there and you’ve guaranteed yourself Australian Open main draw. That has to mean something at this point.
Yeah, being in the main draw of Australia is huge. It allows me to go there and play two tournaments before the Australian Open. Usually I’ll have to play qualies the week before and it’s a long trip over there just for that. You might just play one match and then qualifying, which is brutal. From that standpoint, it’s huge. Like I said last week, Top 100 is not something I’m celebrating, but yes, I’m stoked to be there.

Two straight titles to get there is pretty hard to do. In your first couple matches in Champaign, your game wasn’t entirely there. What turned on as the week progressed?
I was focused, but I just played another guy [Lloyd Glasspool] with a big serve. And then [Kaichi] Uchida was playing insane in the second round. The tough moments in the tournament were early on and then in the quarter-finals it was just a great match-up for me. On Friday, it was extremely physical [against Tommy Paul], so I wasn’t 100 per cent confident in my body today. But I knew that playing Ryan, he would be serving big and looking to end points quick. I didn’t have to rely on moving and being physical to win the match.

Tommy Paul is a very close friend of yours. How awkward was it to play him for the first time as pros, in the semi-finals?
I didn’t feel it was awkward, actually. We know each other so well and have practised a ton together. We know each other’s games, but it did take me a while to get going in that match. I started slow. Once that happened, we played great tennis. From 2-all in the second set until the end of the match, it was high quality. I didn’t serve my best, so I won a lot of points from the baseline and was just scrapping. We had a 40-ball rally on the first match point. I had to win in a different way from how I’m used to winning. 

It was completely different in the final against Ryan. He’s playing some incredible tennis this week and showing everyone what he’s capable of, reaching his first final. What did you see from him and how did you combat that?
I think he’s just disrupted a lot of guys. He was playing much more consistent with the same aggression. That’s huge. In baseline points, I didn’t feel comfortable at all. I’d hit a huge shot and he responded right back. Granted, he missed some big shots that he shouldn’t have, including that break point that gave me the first break. Maybe that’s the downside to his style, where you can’t control it in the big points. But that’s what won me the match today.

You played pretty well under pressure the past two weeks. How do you bring that into next year? What will you do with a six-week off-season in front of you?
I actually don’t think it’s something I can bring into next year. I have six weeks off and I’ll take a short break and then it’s five weeks of getting better. We looked at a lot of stats and watched a lot of my matches last year. We’ll do the same this year. Putting this year behind us what we need to do and we’ll look at what flaws need to be fixed for next year.

If you take out the struggles with mono and you look at the year as a whole, what you’ve done is pretty important. Just in terms of your growth and your development. You are at the point where you can start playing more and more ATP events so you are not at the Challenger level. How important is that for you in 2019?
It’s huge. I hope I can make a nice transition on the ATP World Tour. I’m not saying I will or it will be easy, but it’s definitely not my last Challenger. I have the opportunity to go to Australia and train with a couple tour events and prepare for the Aussie Open. I’ve never had that chance before.

Last week you said you weren’t going to celebrate your title in Knoxville, but now you don’t have anything to worry about with a complete week off coming up. How are you going to celebrate with your team, family and friends?
My favourite restaurant is in Chicago. It’s called Boca. I’m going to try to take my talents there and probably won’t be able to walk out because I’ll be eating so much. I went there every night with Michael Mmoh during the Chicago Challenger. He’ll also confirm that it’s the best restaurant we’ve been to. It’s on the agenda.

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