Three Major Tennis Rivalries Marked in 2015 – Novak Versus Roger and Andy, Rafa Against…

We have seen some truly great matches in 2015, a year that was dominated by Serbian Novak Djokovic. Although he won three of four Grand Slams and clinched the first position in the ATP ranking, his opponents made it as hard as possible for him. Let’s look at major tennis rivalries of 2015.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer – The Swiss is close to the retirement, but he plays as good as ever. However, Djokovic has proved to be better during 2015. They met on eight occasions, of which seven finals. Serbian won five of them, including winning in Wimbledon and US Open finals, as well as celebrating the win in the last match of the season – in ATP World Tour Finals. The most important win for Federer was the one on Cincinnati Masters when he stopped Djokovic from completing Career Golden Masters. Both players agree that their rivalry has developed greatly and look forward to their future matches.

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Eight Richest Tennis Players in History of the Game

Tennis is a sport in which you can not only become really popular but also win a lot of money. We present to you the richest tennis players in history.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer – The Swiss player is a recorder in lots of categories, and definitely leads on the richest tennis players list, too. He has won a little bit under $100 million just from the prize money from the tournaments, without counting the money from sponsors.

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Top Ten Tennis Female Players Who Marked 2015

Serena Williams

Serena Williams – Similar to Novak Djokovic, she was two matches short of completing all four slams, but Roberta Vinci stopped her in the US Open semifinal. However, Serena has managed to win three Grand Slams in a year for the second time in his career, the first time being in 2002, and claimed her domination in the women tennis world.

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Top Ten Tennis Male Players Who Marked 2015

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic – The Serbian had one of the best seasons in tennis’ history, he won three of four Grand Slams, and was just a win short of completing them all. Won 11 titles in total and became the first player to win four consecutive ATP World Tour Finals titles.

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Best Female Tennis players to look out for in future

Caroline Garcia

Elina Svitolina – This Ukranian tennis star finished into top 30 this season stepping on 29th position. In singles she holds the ranking of 26 and in doubles she is on 128th spot.

Casey Dellacqua – The Australian professional tennis is currently ranked number 27th in singles and in doubles she holds World No 33 in doubles. In 2014, Dellacqua agains finished on the top 30.

Belina Bencic – This Swiss player was in the vicinity of Top 30 season. Her current WTA ranking is 37 and in doubles she holds 226 position. She is still to win a single career title.

Zarina Diyas – She made her place in the top 100 for the first time. This player from Kazakhstan holds 33rd position in WTA singles and in doubles she has 109th rank. Diyas is still to win any single title in her career.

Camila Giorgi – This French tennis player made her place in the top 50 for the first time. In singles, she holds 31st rank and in doubles she has not achieved any rank. Giorgi has still not won any single career title.

Varavara Lepchenko – Tennis player from USA has second best season till date. She is still to win any single career title along with the doubles. Her WTA single rank is 29 and in doubles it is 177.

Sloane Stephens – Stephens finished in the top 40 for the third straight time. In WTA ranking Stephens has got 41st rank and in doubles she holds 697 rank.  This United States player has not won any single WTA title yet and in doubles also she is still to make a mark.

Caroline Garcia – She finished within the top 40 and won her first WTA title at Bogota. In current WTA ranking she holds 30th and in doubles she held 30th spot. In her career till now she won single title.

Coco Vandeweghe – She entered into first top 40 for the first time. In singles she holds 32nd spot and in doubles she has 192 spot. Till now she has won 1 career title.

Klara Koukalova – This tennis player from Czech Republic entered into top 50 for the fifth season. Till now in her career she has won three titles. Koukalova sits on 43rd position and in doubles she holds 48th position.

Irina-Camelia Begu – The Romanian Tennis player posted her second best season till date finishing at number 42. At present she has won one WTA single title in her career. Her current WTA ranking is 34 and in doubles she holds 49th position.

Mona Barthel – Barthel finished in the top 50 for the third straight time.  At present she has total of 3 WTA single titles. She holds 42nd room in WTA single career title and 110th position in doubles.

Alison Riske – The US tennis player has finished in top 50 by winning first WTA title in Tianjin. Her current ranking is 45 in singles and holds 101th position in Doubles.  She has won her first WTA single title.

Roberta Vinci – Italian tennis player has entered into top 50 for the sixth straight time. Her current ranking is 40 in the WTA single and in doubles she ranks number 1. Till now Vinci has won 9 career title in singles and 25 WTA doubles titles.

Kurumi Nara – Nara entered into top 50 for the first time. Till now she has won single career title and currently ranks 44th spot in the current WTA ranking and in 239th spot in doubles.

Monica Niculescu – The Romanian player finished in top 50 for the third time. In singles, she is ranked at 57th spot and in doubles her rank is 44. In her single career till now she has won 2 titles and in doubles tally is of 4 titles.

Timea Bacsinszky – She reached in top 50 spot for the first time. In singles Bacsinszky holds 36th position and in doubles she holds the 149th position.  In her career till now she has won one single title.

Magdalena Rybarikova – This Slovakian player reached in the vicinity of top 50 spot. In singles she held the 47th position and in doubles her rank is 74th. Overall, Rybarikova has won 4 titles in the WTA singles.

Kirsten Flipkens – This Belgium tennis star reached top 50 spot for the consecutive second time. In singles Flipkens holds 59th rank and in doubles she is at 210th spot.  Till now in her career she has won single WTA title.

Heather Watson – Watson has ended in top 50 for the straight second time. In singles she has been entitled the rank of 38 and in doubles she is at 89th spot. Year to date she has won 1 title and in all tally is 2 titles.  In doubles she has won 3 titles.

Christina Mchale – The United States tennis player has reached near top 50 spot. In singles she has is on 52nd spot and in singles she holds 176th rank. Mchale is still to win any title in her career in both singles and doubles.

Kaia Kanepi – Estonian player finished near top 50 seasons this year. Kanepi ranks 48th in the WTA single and 228 in doubles.  Till now, this Estonian player has won 4 titles in singles and in doubles she is still to win one.

Lauren Davis – This US tennis player has once again equalled her own best reaching the 57th spot in the WTA single ranking. At present she holds 57th spot in singles and 309th in doubles. Davis is still to win any single or doubles title.

Annika Beck – This German tennis player has reached near top 50 in the current season. At present she holds 63rd spot in the singles and 138th in doubles.

Bojana Jovanovski – Serbian tennis upcoming player has finished near top 50 in this season. Currently she holds 65th spot in singles and 204th spot in doubles. Jovanovski has won two titles in the WTA singles.

Jana Cepelova – The Slovakian player reached near top 50 this season. In singles she holds 58th spot and 231st spot in doubles. She is still to win any single or double title.

Petra Cetkovska – The Czech Republican player has finished near top 50 this season.  In singles she has won 61st position and in doubles she holds 156th spot. In singles she has not won any title and in doubles she has won 2 titles.

Monica Puig – Puig has finished in the top 100 players for the second time. She has won 60th position in the WTA single ranking and 414th position in the doubles.  Overall, she has won single title and still to win in doubles.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni – This German player has finished in top 100 for the first time in 15 years. In singles she won 58th position and in doubles she holds 85th position. Baroni has won 3 titles in her career in singles and 3 in doubles.

Shuai Zhang – This Chinese player has finished her second best season to date. In singles she holds 64th position and in doubles 107th position. Overall, she has won single career title and in doubles she is still to win any title.

Daniela Hantuchova – The Slovakian player has finished in top 100 for the 14 time in line. In singles, she holds 73rd rank and in doubles it is 105th spot. Till now Hantuchova has won 6 single career title in singles and 9 double career titles.

Ajla Tomljanovic – Year 2014 has been her best season to date. In singles she holds 68th position and in doubles it is 69th spot.  Tomljanovic is still to win any single and double title in her career.

Elena Vesnina – This Ukrainian tennis player has finished in top 100 for the ninth time. Vesnina holds 72nd spot in singles and 8th spot in doubles. In singles she has won 2 titles till date and 11 double titles.

Silvia Soler-Espinosa – This Spanish finished in the top 100 for the fourth consecutive time. In singles Espinosa holds 67th spot and in doubles she is at 56th number. She is still to win a single title in her career but won one in doubles.

Yaroslava Shvedova – This Russian tennis player finished in the top 100 for the seventh time. In singles she holds  51st spot and in doubles it is 31st. Till now she has won single title in her single career and 10 titles in doubles.

Kristina Mladenovic – Kristina finished in top 100 season for the third time. In singles she holds 74th spot and in doubles she is on 20th spot.  Till now she has not won any single title but clinched 8 titles in doubles.

Kiki Bertens – She finished in the top 100 season for the straight third time. In Current WTA ranking she holds 70th spot in singles and80th position in doubles. Until now she has won 1 single title and  1 double titles.

Tereza Smitkova – The Czech Republic player reached top 100 for the first time in her career. In current WTA ranking she holds 62nd spot and in doubles it is 286 rank.  She is yet to win any single or current title for now.

Jarmila Gajdosova – Slovakian tennis player has finished in the top 100 season for the first time since 2011. She is on 54th spot in current single ranking and 51st spot in doubles. In her career till now she has won 2 titles in singles.

Johanna Larsson – This is her fifth straight top 100 season. In current WTA single ranking Larsson holds 71st rank and in doubles she is on 66th spot.  Larsson has not won any singles till now but clinched 3 double titles.

Shelby Rogers –  It’s her first top 100 season and in current WTA ranking she holds 77th spot whereas in doubles she is on 243rd spot. She is still to win any single or double titles.

Talented Tennis players from current era

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Ivo Karlovic – He is the oldest player in the Top 50 and for the first time made his place in top 30.  His latest titles include (1) Bogota (Outdoor/Hard) and (1) Nottingham (Outdoor/Grass).

Leonardo Mayer – This Argentine won 28 matches that happen to be his personal best as well. His latest title include 2014 (1) Hamburg (Outdoor/Clay), 2014 (1) Vina del Mar (Outdoor/Clay) and 2011 (1) Buenos Aires (w/Marach, Outdoor/Clay).

Pablo Cuevas – Cuevas has reached his year end high of number 30th after recuperating from the Knee injury. His most recent title is 2014 (2) Umag (Outdoor/Clay) and Bastad (Outdoor/Clay).

Lukas Rosol – He has reached No 31 spot in this season, qualifying for 3 ATP World Tour finals during the year. His latest title include 2014 (1) Winston-Salem (Outdoor/Hard) and 2013 (1) Bucharest (Outdoor/Clay).

Jeremy Chardy – Chardy who is a French tennis professional made his place in the Top 30 for the first time attaining the ranking of 29th. His latest titles include 2009 (1) Stuttgart (Outdoor/Clay) and 2009 (1) Johannesburg (Outdoor/Hard).

Martin Klizan – During the year end this Slovak tennis player reached 34th spot escalating 77 rankings.  His latest titles include 2014 (1) Munich (Outdoor/Clay) and 2012 (1) St. Petersburg (Indoor/Hard).

Sam Querrey – He holds number 2 spot in America and finished in Top 30 for the 3rd year in the row. His current titles include 2012 (1) Los Angeles (Outdoor/Hard), 2010 (4) Los Angeles (Outdoor/Hard), London / Queen’s Club (Outdoor/Grass), Belgrade (Outdoor/Clay), Memphis (Indoor/Hard).

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez – This Spanish player reached in the top 40 spot for consecutive second year. His latest title includes 2014 (1) Casablanca (Outdoor/Clay), 2010 (1) Bangkok (Indoor/Hard) and 2009 (1) Kitzbnhel (Outdoor/Clay).

Steve-Johnson – Johnson turned out to be one player who made maximum improvements in his play to finish within Top 50 at a yearend high.

Yen-Hsun Lu – Chinese professional player ended in top 50 attaining total of 24 matches in the season which is his career best. He reached single career final in 2014 (1) Auckland (Outdoor/Hard).

Dominic Thiem – This Austrian tennis player is the youngest one to finish in the top 50 after having an exciting season. Thiem is yet to win a single career title but reached the finals of Kitzbühel  (Outdoor/Clay) tournament.

Benjamin Becker – Also known as Benni managed to finish this year within Number 40. His recent title include 2009 (1) s-Hertogenbosch (Outdoor/Grass).

Pablo Andujar –This Spanish tennis player finished in the Top 50 for the fourth consecutive time. His latest titles include 2014 (1) Gstaad (Outdoor/Clay), 2012 (1) Casablanca (Outdoor/Clay), 2011 (1) Casablanca (Outdoor/Clay).

Jack Sock – Sock is an American player who escalated almost 50 spots to reach within top 50 for the first time.

Jerzy Janowicz – For the third consecutive year Janowicz reached within top 50, qualifying 2nd ATP final at Winston-Salem in August. He is yet to win his first single career title yet but looks quite promising.

Adrian Mannarino – Mannarino who belongs to France entered into Top 50 for the first time achieving career high ranking of Number 44. Mannarino is still to win his any career single title.

Andreas Seppi – Italian Number 2, Seppi has once again entered into top 50 for the 4th straight year. His latest titles include 2012 (2) Moscow (Indoor/Hard), Belgrade (Outdoor/Clay), 2011 (1) Eastbourne (Outdoor/Grass).

Gilles Muller – Muller finished in the top 50 for the first time and make incredible journey of crossing 319 spot to reach top 100. He has not yet won any career titles single yet.

Mikhail Youzhny – In Russia, he is number one but could not manage to stay in top 40 for the first time since 2005. His recent titles include 2013 (2) Valencia (Indoor/Hard) , Gstaad  (Outdoor/Clay), 2012 (1) Zagreb  (Indoor/Hard).

Denis Istomin – This Uzbekistan player ended in top 50 for the straight third year. Istomin is yet to win any titles in singles but made into the finals in 2012 and 2010.

Pablo Carreno Busta – Youngest tennis player from Spain ended in top 51 and is still to win any major title but looks promising in his career growth.

Joao Sousa – Sousa is a Portuguese player who finished in the top 100 for the third time in a row. Wining a streak of 24 matches which is also his personal best. His recent title includes 2013 (1) Kuala Lumpur  (Indoor/Hard).

Simone Bolelli – In Italy, he is the third ranked tennis player and for the second straight season he finished in the top 60 and is still to win a career single title but holds lots of potential to unlock.

Bernard Tomic – He won his second ATP World tour title in Bogota in July and his recent titles include 2014 (1) Bogota (Outdoor/Hard), 2013 (1) Sydney (Outdoor/Hard).  In Australia, he is ranked number 3 tennis player.

Donald Young – This number 5th American finished in the top 60 for the straight second time. Young has not still bagged any single title but reached the singles career finals in 2011 at Bangkok open.

Marcel Granollers – This Spanish player entered the 7th ATP World Tour final in Casablanca and finished in the Top 50 for the 5th year in the row.  His recent titles include 2013 (1) Kitzbühel  (Outdoor/Clay), 2011 (2) Valencia  (Indoor/Hard) , Gstaad  (Outdoor/Clay).

Vasek Pospisil – Canadian Tennis player finished in top 60 for the 2nd straight year and entered the final of Canadian ATP World Tour final in Washington.  Pospisil has still not on any single career titles yet.

Sergiy Stakhovsky – This second best tennis player from Ukraine finished in top 60 for the first time since 2010 and his recent titles include 2010 (2) New Haven  (Outdoor/Hard) , s-Hertogenbosch  (Outdoor/Grass).

Jan-Lennard Struff – Struff is a German tennis player who finished in the top 100 for the 1st time, attaining the year high of 59. Struff has not yet won single title in his career but the German has lot of potential to unleash.

Federico Delbonis – Delbonis is an Argentine Tennis player and achieved a ranking under top 60 for the second consecutive year.  His recent career titles include 2014 (1) Sao Paulo  (Indoor/Clay).

Diego Schwartzman – Another Tennis emerging player from Argentine who has not made a mark yet but showcases lots of potential and talent in the court. He finished in top 100 for the first time.

Juan Monaco – Monaco slipped out of top 50 for the first time since 2006. The Number 4 Argentine player recently won 13 (1) Dusseldorf (Outdoor/Clay), 2012 (4) Kuala Lumpur (Indoor/Hard), Hamburg (Outdoor/Clay).

Albert Ramos-Vinolas – This Spanish tennis player took a spot in the top 100th for the 4th consecutive year. Vinolas has still not won any single career title but qualified for the single career finals in 2012.

Paolo Lorenzi – Italian player Lorenzi has finished the top 100 for the third straight year after qualifying to ATP World Tour final for the first time. Lorenzi has still not won any single title in  his career.

Thomaz Bellucci – This German tennis player entered into top 40 which is equal to his performance in year 2009. His recent titles include 2012 (1) Gstaad (Outdoor/Clay), 2010 (1) Santiago (Outdoor/Clay), 2009 (1) Gstaad (Outdoor/Clay).

Jiri Vesely- The tennis player is ranked number 3 in Czech and took a place in top 100 for 2nd year for the consecutive second year. His most recent title includes 2015 (1) Auckland  (Outdoor/Hard).

Teymuraz Gabashvili – This Russian player finished in the top 70 for the second time in a row and entered three ATP World tour quarter finals. GABASHVILI has not won a single career yet but shows immense potential ahead.

Radek Stepanek – Stepanek is ranked number 4 Czech tennis player and made aplace for himself in Top 70 for 13th year in a row. His recent titles include 2011 (1) Washington  (Outdoor/Hard),2009 (2) San Jose  (Indoor/Hard) , Brisbane  (Outdoor/Hard).

Dusan Lajovic – This Serbian tennis player is behind number 1 Djokovic and ended in top 100 for the 1st time attaining the 69th position.  Lajovic has not won any single career title yet.

Mikhail Kukushkin – This player from Kazakhstan entered into top 100 for the 4th time in straight 5 years.  His recent title includes 2010 (1) St. Petersburg  (Indoor/Hard).

Nicolas Almagro – This Spanish player finished outside top 50 for the first time since 2005 and his recent titles include 2012 (2) Nice  (Outdoor/Clay) , Sao Paulo  (Indoor/Clay),2011 (3) Nice  (Outdoor/Clay) , Buenos Aires  (Outdoor/Clay) , Costa Do Sauipe  (Outdoor/Clay).

Popular female tennis players of current era

Simona Halep

Simona Halep – Halep is a Romanian tennis player who holds third spot currently in the World ranking.  She made her place in top 50 for the first time in the year 2012, top 20 in August 2013 and then reached top 10 in January 2014.  Year to date she has bagged one WTA single title and in her career till now title totals to nine.

Petra Kvitova – Czech superstar is best known for her mighty left handed shots and variety. Kvitova has in her kitty two career single titles including two Grand slam titles at Wimbledon. He current WTA ranking is 4th  and winning 1 year to date WTA Title and total of 15 in career till now.

Agnieszka Radwanksa –  The Might and thoroughly skilled player from Poland is current number 6th and achieved career highest ranking of number 2 in 2012.  In her career till date she has clinched 14 titles and year to date has failed to win any.

Angelique Kerber – Kerber is a German player and is of Polish origin. She has won three titles in singles and eleven singles and three doubles on the ITF tour during her career.  In singles, Kerber is ranked 10th in the World and in doubles she holds the 407th rank.

Ekaterian Makarova – This player belongs to Russia and holds number 2 spot in the country at present. Makarova reached to number 10 spot in January 2015 which is also her career high ranking. Her current worldwide ranking is number 9 and doubles ranking is 8th.  Year to date Makarova has won no titles and in her career till now she has won 2 titles in all.

Dominika Cibulkova – Cibulkova who belongs to Slovakia is popular for her quick and aggressive style of shots. Currently, she is at number 18 spot in World and in doubles her ranking is 221. There are four WTA single titles with Cibulkova and year to date there is none. She has qualified for four careers in all four Grand slam tournaments.

Flavia Pennetta – She is Italian professional player and became first woman from Italy to be ranked in top 10 female single players along with first Italian player to be number one in doubles. At present she is number 14th in the WTA ranking and at number 10 position in the doubles. Till now in his career she has won 10 titles and year to date she has not won any title.

Andrea Petkovic – The German tennis player is a baseliner whose best shot is forehand and prefers to play on the clay court. Petkovic holds 12th spot in the career singles at WTA ranking and in doubles she ranks to 58. In her career till now she has won 5 titles and year to date she has not win any title yet.

Sara Errani – The skilled Italian player is the current number 2 Italian player. Errani’s favourite shot is forehand and favourite surface is clay court.  In singles WTA ranking Errani is at 13th spot and in doubles she ranks number 1st. she has bagged total 7 titles in her career and year to date has not won any.

Lucie Safarova – Professional Czech player is fond of playing on the clay court. Safarova has won 5 WTA career titles in singles and 5 in doubles. The admirer of Steffi Graf and Lindsay Devenport is number 15th in the WTA ranking for singles and in doubles she holds 22nd position. Born on February 4, 1987 she has once reached the quarterfinals of Australian Open in 2007.

Carla Suarez Navarro – This Spanish tennis player loves to play on the clay court and fond of hitting crosscourt backhand shot. In her WTA single career she has won one title till now and 1 in doubles. In singles WTA ranking she stands on 17th spot and in doubles she holds 15th spot. Her career highest ranking is 14th which she attained on September 16th, 2013.

Alize Cornet – Cornet is a French professional player, who has bagged total of four single titles in WTA tour during her career and two double titles in WTA tour. Her favourite surface is clay and favourite shot is backhand. She holds 19th rank in the singles WTA tour and 170 in doubles. Her most popular performances are defeating number 1 as well as 18 times Grand slam winner Serena Williams three times.

Garbine Mugurza – A Venezuelan-Spanish professional tennis player who holds the ranking of 24th in the singles and 18th in doubles assigned by the Women’s tennis association. In her career has won single title. Muguruza is known for her aggressive shots and her favourite surface is hardcourts. Favourite shot of Muguruza is serve.

Samantha Stosur – Popularly known as Sam, Stosur is an Australian player who was formerly holding number one ranking for consecutive 61 weeks. At present she holds 25th spot and in doubles she is on the 64th spot. Stosur has won 6 career titles in her WTA career till now and 24 double titles.

Shuai Peng – She is a Chinese professional player to attain the ranking of number 1 in the WTA doubles by the Women’s Tennis association. Peng’s favourite surface is hard court and favourite shot is forehand. Peng is still to win any single titles although she has won 17 titles in doubles. Peng has immense stamina and prefers to play with both hands and takes flat shots.

Karolina Pliskova – This Czech tennis player has won 3 WTA career titles till now and 4 double titles. She has achieved 22nd spot assigned by WTA in singles and 41 spot in doubles. Her best single ranking was number 20 that she achieved on January 19th 2015.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – A Russian tennis star who has won various junior grand slam championships. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her career high ranking of Number 13th on July 4th 2011. Her favourite shot is forehand down the line and favourite court is surface clay court. In singles she holds 39th rank and in doubles it is 34. In her career till now Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has won 7 titles ad in doubles she has won total of 4.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova – She is a professional tennis player who achieved her career high ranking of number 23 on 19th January 2015 and holds current single ranking of 23. In doubles she holds ranking of 26.  Till now in her career Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has won 1 WTA single titles and in doubles she has bagged 17 titles.

Sabine Lisicki – Lisicki is a German professional player and achieved a breakthrough in her career when she qualified for the Wimbledon Championship. Her current WTA ranking is 28 and in doubles she has ranking of 43. In WTA single titles she has won 4 titles and in doubles she holds 4 titles in total.

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