After an eventful 2017, where we saw arguably the best two to have ever played tennis, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer re-emerge and dominate the tour by winning two grand slams each and occupy the top two positions in the yearend rankings, the 2018 season is expected to be more eventful as we see the return of numerous ATP players who abruptly ended their 2017 season with injuries.
Novak Djokovic, the winner of twelve grand slam titles, is expected to make his return, after a lengthy six months off, at the Qatar Open in Doha. Djokovic is eying a three-peat in Doha, after lifting the title in both 2016 and 2017. Tomas Berdych, the 2015 Qatar Open runner-up and the last player to defeat Djokovic, is also set to make a comeback in Doha.
While the Qatar Open is underway, Andy Murray, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon, will be making his return to the Tour in Brisbane, a tournament which he has won on two previous occasions in 2012 and 2013. Brisbane will also see the return of the 2016 Champion, Milos Raonic. Both Murray and Raonic will have to up their game if they want to lift the trophy once more, as Brisbane will see the return of the 2017 Champion Grigor Dimitrov. Dimitrov ended a career best season with a tournament win at the ATP Nitto Finals.
After an injury prone season, Djokovic, Berdych, Murray and Raonic, will all be looking to commence the year with a win and re-affirm themselves amongst the elite top 10, after having seen their ranking dwindle from the top 10 to inside the top 25.