Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have each beforehand received the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in the identical yr.
The enterprise finish of the 2022 season is upon us, with solely two huge tournaments but to be performed on the ATP tour, specifically the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals.
A number of of the world’s high gamers are set to compete within the closing Masters 1000 occasion of the season and it is going to be fascinating to see who comes out on high.
The ATP Finals will happen quickly after, with Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic having already booked their respective spots within the event. Whereas Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are nicely heading in the right direction to guide their locations within the year-end championships, the likes of Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Hubert Hurkacz and Alexander Zverev are additionally in competition to qualify.
Whereas a number of high gamers have received the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals, solely 5 have managed to come back out on high in each tournaments in the identical yr.
On that observe, let’s check out who they’re.
#1. Boris Becker – 1992
Boris Becker was seeded ninth on the 1992 Paris Masters (generally known as the Paris Open again then). The German sealed his spot within the closing with straight units wins over John McEnroe, Brad Gilbert, high seed Jim Courier and sixth seed Goran Ivanisevic.
He confronted eleventh seed Man Neglect within the closing and beat him 7-6(3), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the event.
Becker entered the ATP World Tour Championships because the seventh seed and was drawn into the Ken Rosewall group alongside Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras and Petr Korda. He misplaced to Sampras however defeated Edberg and Korda to complete second within the group and seal his place within the semifinals.
Right here, he got here again from a set all the way down to defeat Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) to arrange a closing conflict in opposition to Jim Courier. Becker beat the American 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 to win the year-end championships for the second time in his profession.
#2. Pete Sampras – 1997
Pete Sampras had a fairly good season in 1997, successful eight singles titles, together with two Grand Slams, two Masters 1000 tournaments and the year-end championships.
The American entered that yr’s Paris Masters as the highest seed and had a shaky begin. He survived scares in opposition to Becker, Korda and Thomas Muster to achieve the semifinals, the place he beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6(2), 6-3 to arrange a closing conflict in opposition to Jonas Bjorkman. Sampras beat the Swede 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win his second profession Paris Masters title.
Sampras was the heavy favourite to win the World Tour Championships, the place he was the highest seed. He misplaced to Carlos Moya however bounced again to defeat Patrick Rafter and Greg Rusedski to high his group and attain the semifinals, the place he beat Jonas Bjorkman to arrange a closing conflict in opposition to Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who he beat 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to efficiently defend his ATP World Tour Championships title.
#3. Roger Federer – 2011
Roger Federer’s solely title on the Paris Masters got here in 2011 when he was seeded third within the event.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner reached the semifinals following straight-set wins over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet and Juan Monaco. Right here, he beat Tomas Berdych to arrange a closing conflict in opposition to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer beat the Frenchman 6-1, 7-6(3) to win his solely Masters 1000 event of the 2011 season.
The Swiss maestro was seeded fourth within the ATP Finals and topped his group by beating Rafael Nadal, Tsonga and Mardy Fish. He beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 to guide his spot within the closing, the place he defeated Tsonga 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 to win a file sixth ATP Finals title.
#4. Novak Djokovic – 2013, 2014, 2015
Novak Djokovic has carried out the Paris Masters and ATP Finals doubles for 3 successive years.
The Serb was the second seed on the 2013 Paris Masters and received the event by defeating David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 within the closing. Djokovic sealed his place within the semifinals of the ATP Finals by topping his group with wins over Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet. He then beat Stan Wawrinka to arrange a title conflict in opposition to Rafael Nadal, who he beat 6-3, 6-4 to efficiently defend his title on the ATP Finals.
The Serb had a terrific title protection on the 2014 Paris Masters as he received the event with out dropping a single set, beating Milos Raonic within the closing.
Djokovic then received all of his matches within the ATP Finals to arrange a title conflict in opposition to Federer. Nevertheless, the Swiss was pressured to withdraw from the match on account of a match damage, thus handing the Serb his fourth triumph on the year-end championships.
In 2015, Djokovic received the Paris Masters with out dropping a single set for the second yr in a row, beating Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 within the closing. The Serb made it to the semifinals of the ATP Finals with two wins within the group stage. Right here, he defeated Nadal to arrange a closing conflict in opposition to Federer, who beforehand beat him within the round-robin stage.
Djokovic defeated the Swiss 6-3, 6-4 to grow to be the primary participant to win the ATP Finals 4 consecutive instances.
#5. Andy Murray – 2016
With 9 titles received, 2016 will go down as the most effective yr of Andy Murray’s profession. The Scotsman was seeded second at that yr’s Paris Masters and reached the semifinals following wins over Fernando Verdasco, Lucas Pouille and Tomas Berdych.
He was imagined to face Milos Raonic within the final 4 however the Canadian withdrew from the match on account of a torn proper quadriceps. In consequence, Murray reached the ultimate, the place he beat John Isner 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4 to win his maiden title on the Paris Masters.
The previous World No. 1 continued his good kind within the ATP Finals, the place he beat Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic to high his group and attain the semifinals. Right here, he got here again from a set all the way down to defeat Milos Raonic and arrange a title conflict in opposition to Novak Djokovic.
Murray beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP Finals and grow to be the year-end World No. 1