ATP 2016 Season Preview

It is never too soon to look ahead.

stahr magazine

The 2015 ATP season has come and gone. There were mini-episodes throughout, such as Andy Murray’s emergence on clay and as a Davis Cup leader, Roger Federer’s insane immortality, the sudden decline/minor indoor re-birth of Rafa Nadal, and the second strike of the disappearing act that is Stanislas Wawrinka.

But the big story, of course, was Novak Djokovic, a man who put up unconscionable numbers: 3-1 in major finals, 6-2 in masters finals (he only played 8), an 82-6 overall record, and 11 titles — including an unprecedented fourth consecutive World Tour Finals crown.

The jubilant dominance of one fan boy, however, is the eternal ‘et. al.’ of the rest; in layman’s terms, 2015 was not exactly the most entertaining season. In addition to indefatigable Djokovic, mid-card guys like Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic took visible steps backwards, while the positive impressions left by youngsters like Coric and Zverev were, in…

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