The ATP moves fast. It was only yesterday that Novak Djokovic hoisted the trophy at the ATP Tour Finals — or so it seems. But in two short weeks, the 2023 ATP campaign is set to get underway with the Australian swing of the tour kicking off proceedings – a series of warmup events leading up to the pièce de resistance, the 2023 Australian Open.
This is the perfect time to look back at the highlights of the 2022 season and remind ourselves how the Top 8 players bagged their invites to the exclusive, year-ending Nitto ATP Tour Finals in Turin. We’ll also look at some players that deserve an honorable mention for their accomplishments over the 2022 ATP season.
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2022 ATP Tour Top Players & Highlights
Carlos Alcaraz – Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz finished the 2022 season as the No. 1 ranked player with a 57-13 record and five titles. Although he would ultimately miss the year-end event in Turin due to an abdominal injury, his meteoric rise through the rankings establishes him as one of the players to spot in the coming year’s tennis betting markets.
The 19-year-old started the year ranked No. 31, but on the back of his first four titles, he skyrocketed inside the Top 10. Most notably, wins at the Miami Open (his maiden Masters’ title) and the Madrid Open (his second Masters’ title) propelled him into the upper echelons of the sport.
The best was yet to come, however. At the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, the 2022 US Open. When the teen phenom joined the illustrious circle of champions by claiming his maiden Grand Slam title in Flushing Meadows on Sunday, September 11, and became the youngest player to ascend to the world number one.
⏪ 2022 look-back: Nineteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz rocketed to the pinnacle of men's tennis at the US Open with his first Grand Slam title 🏆 pic.twitter.com/3GCYj5znaE
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 10, 2022
Rafael Nadal – Nadal had a record-setting 2022, highlighted by back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and French Open to set an all-time record of 22 titles at this level, including a record 14 French Open titles.
The Spaniard finished with a 39-8 record and four titles, albeit all came in the first half of the season. Injuries derailed the 36-year-old in the second half, most notably forcing him out of the Wimbledon Championships before his semifinal against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.
Nadal competed in Turin, but a 1-2 record in the round-robin eliminated him from the knockout stages. He finished the season as the World No.2, climbing four rankings spots after starting the season as the World No.6.
Nadal’s first real test in 2023 will come Down Under as he attempts to defend his Australian Open title. With question marks surrounding his fitness, Nadal is priced as the +900 bet to repeat in Melbourne as we look at the latest tennis odds.
Casper Ruud – The Norwegian started the season ranked No. 8 after breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in his career in 2021. He continued his steady progress up the ladder with a banner 2022 run, highlighted by two Grand Slam finals. Ruud lost to Nadal at the French Open and then to Alcaraz at the US Open.
In total, the 23-year-old went 51-22 and picked up three titles – all on clay. He capped off his season with a runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic in Turin. Ruud is among the NextGen stars to pay close attention to next season, especially for the 2023 French Open as one of the tour’s most efficient clay-court specialists.
Stefanos Tsitsipas – The Greek No.1 has established himself as one of the ATP Tour’s most consistent performers, finishing inside the Top 10 four years in a row.
The 24-year-old finished the season with a staggering 61-24 record and picked up two titles along the way – a second-straight Monte-Carlos Masters and a first-ever grass-court title in Mallorca. His highlights include semi-finals at the Australian Open and Paris Masters and finals at the Rome Masters and the Cincinnati Open. Tsitsipas finished with a 1-2 record in Turin, failing to advance into the knockout stages.
Novak Djokovic – The Serbian star had a roller-coaster campaign in 2022 due in large part to his unvaccinated status, which resulted in his ignominious deportation from Australia after flouting the country’s COVID-19 rules, and then denied him entry into the United States. Despite those setbacks, the 35-year-old still managed to have an incredible run, going 42-7 and lifting five titles.
Most notably, he picked up his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon to close the gap on Nadal in the history books. He also won a record-setting 38th Masters title in Rome and a record-tying sixth ATP Tour Finals triumph.
Djokovic is gunning for his 22nd Grand Slam title, and now that he has been cleared to play Down Under, he’s tipped as the player to beat at +110 in the 2023 Australian Open.
2023 will be the year of Novak Djokovic and it will be magical.
The year where hopes and dreams come alive.
It is his destiny. pic.twitter.com/AwXyryq8xf
— Danny 🐊 (@DjokovicFan_) December 12, 2022
Felix Auger-Aliassime – Auger-Aliassime reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 in November and clinched his first-ever invite to the year-end finals. The Canadian’s 1-2 record in Turin wasn’t good enough to propel him into the knockouts, but he more than made up for it a week later by leading Canada to Davis Cup glory.
Overall, the 22-year-old finished with a 60-27 record and four titles, three of which came in a row during the indoor hard-court swing (Florence, Antwerp and Basel). He made the second week in two majors – the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the R16 in Roland Garros.
Daniil Medvedev – Arguably, of the Top 8 players, Medvedev’s season seesawed the most, from a career-high ranking of World No. 1 to a year-ending World No. 7.
The 2021 US Open champion began the year brightly, reaching his second straight Grand Slam final in Melbourne. After going up two sets on Nadal, he looked poised to win a second major in a row – until he wasn’t. Nadal stormed back and denied the Russian in an epic five-set marathon.
Injuries derailed the 26-year-old in the spring. While upon his return in the summer, he would win his first title in Los Cabos (hard), he could never find consistency. Overall, he went 45-19 and added a second title in Vienna (indoor hard court). His run in Turin resulted in a 0-3 record in the round-robin stage.
Andrey Rublev – Rublev is a dogged player and one of the tour’s most consistent performers as evinced by his 51-20 record and four titles. He was one of few players to beat Djokovic, accomplishing the feat in the final of the Serbian Open. His best Grand Slam finish was a quarterfinal appearance, which he achieved at the 2022 French Open and US Open.
The 2022 Newcomer of the Year:
Holger Rune 👏💥🥇 pic.twitter.com/NVufuo4rEj
— Mario Boccardi (@marioboc17) December 13, 2022
Honorable Mentions: Fritz, Rune and Kyrgios
Taylor Fritz – The American finished the year as the World No. 9 and squeaked into the ATP Nitto Tour Finals following Alcaraz’s withdrawal. The 25-year-old seized the opportunity and reached the Turin semi-final, where he lost to the eventual champion Djokovic. Fritz finished the year with a 46-21 record and three titles, including the Indian Wells Masters.
Holger Rune – Danish teenager Rune stole headlines when he defeated Djokovic to win his maiden Masters title in Paris. It marked his third straight title after picking up wins in Basel and Stockholm. He went 39-24 on the season and finished with a No. 11 ranking.
Nick Kyrgios – The Australian enjoyed a breakthrough summer when he reached his first-ever Grand Slam final in Wimbledon. The 27-year-old finished with a 37-10 record and one title in Washington. He also reached the quarterfinals at the US Open.