ATP Year in Review: 20-16–Including Andy Murray

In this edition of ATP Year in Review we take a look at the players who finished ranked from 16-20, including 2016 World #1 Andy Murray.

20. Roberto Bautista Agut

Roberto Bautisa Agut’s 2017 season was what we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old Spaniard. He was 48-21 on the year, but wasn’t able to get past the round of 16 at any Slam (and still hasn’t in his career). Bautista-Agut won two ATP 250 titles on the year: the first week of the season in Chennai, and the week before the US Open in Winston-Salem. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup in Montreal before falling to Roger Federer.
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19. Tomas Berdych

This season was the start of what many suspect will be the downfall of Tomas Berdych. It was the first time he finished a season outside the top 10 since 2009. He reached a 250 final in Lyon the week before the French Open and fell to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the final. His best result on the year was reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon. It was an impressive run at the All-England Club defeating David Ferrer, Dominic Thiem, and Novak Djokovic before losing to Roger Federer. His season was cut short due to a back problem, and was unable to play the European indoor swing.
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18. Lucas Pouille

2017 was Lucas Pouille’s best year on tour so far. He won two 250s in Budapest and Stuttgart, and won an ATP 500 level event for the first time in his career in Vienna, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final. Winning the fifth rubber in the Davis Cup final capped off what was already going to be considered a successful season. He defeated Belgian Steve Darcis, giving France their first Davis Cup title in 16 years. Winning that match has to give him a ton of confidence heading in to 2018 as he’ll try to build on his success from last year.
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17. John Isner

If it weren’t for winning back-to-back titles over the summer in Newport and Atlanta, I don’t think you’d be able to consider Isner’s season a success. His struggles at Grand Slams continued as he didn’t reach the second week at any Slam this year. He reached the semifinals at three masters 1000 events in Rome, Cincinnati, and Paris. In Paris he had an opportunity to qualify for the Nitto ATP finals by winning the tournament, but fell to Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic.
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16. Andy Murray

Former World #1 Andy Murray’s 2017 season was plagued by hip issues, causing him to miss the entire US hard court swing including the US Open. His season started off on a good note, reaching the finals in Doha before falling to Novak Djokovic in what was one of the highest quality matches on the year. An ATP 500 title in Dubai was his lone title of the year. Even with the injuries, Murray still managed to reach the semifinals at the French Open before losing to Stan Wawrinka in five sets. 2018 presents a ton of opportunities for Murray if he’s able to stay healthy, since he doesn’t have much to defend.
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