The current week’s ATP rankings are the year-end rankings, and they’re memorable: the Top 10 incorporates seven players age 30 or over, the most in the 45-year history of ATP rankings.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic (age 31)
No. 2 Rafael Nadal (age 32)
No. 3 Roger Federer (age 37)
No. 4 Alexander Zverev (age 21)
No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro (age 30)
No. 6 Kevin Anderson (age 32)
No. 7 Marin Cilic (age 30)
No. 8 Dominic Thiem (age 25)
No. 9 Kei Nishikori (age 28)
No. 10 John Isner (age 33)
Prior to 2018, the most players age 30 or over in an ATP year-end Top 10 was five. It happened twice: first in 1974 (John Newcombe, Rod Laver, Tom Okker, Arthur Ashe and Ken Rosewall), and again in 2015 (Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).
There’s another pattern building: just multiple times since the ATP rankings started in 1973 has the year-end Top 10 had at least three players age 30 or over—and those were the initial multi year-end Top 10s (1973, 1974 and 1975) and the most recent multi year-end Top 10s (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). For a long time somewhere in the range of 1976 and 2014, there were a greatest of two players age 30 or over in the year-end Top 10.
Third-positioned Federer isn’t only the most established player in 2018’s year-end Top 10, he’s the most seasoned in the year-end Top 100.
“I should let you know, I’m extremely pleased that at 37 I’m still so aggressive thus glad playing tennis,” said Federer. “It’s been a memorable season somehow or another. Returned to world No. 1. For me, that was a tremendous minute in my life and in my profession, since I never figured I would arrive again.
“Here I am having a truly decent season physically, also, won another Slam, as well—so truly, you can consider it to be an, extremely positive season. That is most likely what I’ll look like back on it once I’m in the midst of some recreation.”