2008 ATP Tour

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2008 ATP Tour
Rafael Nadal at the 2008 French Open. Nadal won eight titles in 2008 including two Grand Slam tournaments. He finished the year ranked No. 1 and was voted Player of the Year.
Rafael Nadal at the 2008 French Open. Nadal won eight titles in 2008 including two Grand Slam tournaments. He finished the year ranked No. 1 and was voted Player of the Year.
Details
Duration 31 December 2007 – 9 November 2008
Tournaments 68
Categories Grand Slam (4)
ATP Masters Series (9)
ATP International Series Gold (10)
ATP International Series (42)
Achievements
Most tournament titles Spain Rafael Nadal (8)
Most tournament finals Spain Rafael Nadal (10)
Prize money leader Spain Rafael Nadal ($6,773,773)
Points leader Spain Rafael Nadal (6,675)
Awards
Player of the year Spain Rafael Nadal
Doubles Team of the year Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Canada Daniel Nestor
Most improved player of the year France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Newcomer of the year Japan Kei Nishikori
Comeback player of the year Germany Rainer Schüttler
2007
2009

The ATP Tour is the elite tour for professional tennis organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals. The ATP Tour includes the four Grand Slam tournaments, the Tennis Masters Cup, the ATP Masters Series, the International Series Gold and the International Series tournaments.

Schedule[edit]

This is the complete schedule of events on the 2008 ATP Tour, with player progression documented until the quarter-final stage.[1]

Key
Grand Slam tournaments
Tennis Masters Cup
ATP Masters Series
ATP International Series Gold
ATP International Series
Team events

January[edit]

Novak Djokovic, holding the Australian Open trophy.

The opening week of the year featured three tournaments, across the regions of Oceania, South East Asia, and the Middle East. All three of these events began on December 31, 2007. One of the semi-finals in Chennai, India, between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moyá featured a notable match in the history of the ATP Tour, with Nadal coming out on top, 6–7, 7–6, 7–6. The contest was significant because it was the longest three-set match since 1993, when Andrei Cherkasov defeated Andrea Gaudenzi, 6–7, 7–6, 7–5 at the ATP Tel Aviv. Both matches ran for three hours and fifty-four minutes.[2] Two further tournaments were played in the week prior to the Australian Open; both were in close proximity to the Grand Slam tournament, in Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia.

The Australian Open saw Novak Djokovic claim his first Grand Slam title, and also saw him becoming the first representative of Serbia to win a Grand Slam title.[3] Djokovic was able to beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals and consequently broke up his monopoly of hard court slam titles, of which he had won the last five. The event also saw the shock emergence of French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who reached the final and drew comparison with Muhammed Ali due to his appearance and audacious style of play.[4] This was the first Australian Open to take place on the new Plexicushion surface, which was designed to have lower heat retention and a more predictable bounce.[5]

On January 28, the Viña del Mar tournament commenced in Chile. This was the first event in a series of South and Central American clay court tournaments.

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
31 December Hopman Cup
Perth, Australia
Hopman Cup
A$1,000,000 – Hard (i) – 8 teams (RR)
 United States
2–1
 Serbia
Round Robin losers (Group A)
 France
 Chinese Taipei
 Argentina
Round Robin losers (Group B)
 India
 Australia
 Czech Republic
Adelaide International
Adelaide, Australia
International Series
$465,000
Hard
France Michaël Llodra
6–3, 6–4
Finland Jarkko Nieminen France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Australia Joseph Sirianni
Australia Lleyton Hewitt
United States Vince Spadea
Germany Benjamin Becker
France Paul-Henri Mathieu
Argentina Martín García
Brazil Marcelo Melo

6–3, 3–6, 10–7
Australia Chris Guccione
Australia Robert Smeets
Chennai Open
Chennai, India
International Series
$436,000
Hard
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
6–0, 6–1
Spain Rafael Nadal Spain Carlos Moyá
Croatia Marin Čilić
Spain Guillermo García-López
France Florent Serra
Belgium Xavier Malisse
Netherlands Robin Haase
Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana

6–4, 7–5
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
France Marc Gicquel
Qatar Open
Doha, Qatar
International Series
$1,049,000
Hard
United Kingdom Andy Murray
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
Sweden Thomas Johansson
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Czech Republic David Škoch

6–4, 4–6, 11–9
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
7 January 2008 Heineken Open
Auckland, New Zealand
International Series
$464,000
Hard
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
7–6(4), 7–5
Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero France Julien Benneteau
Argentina Juan Mónaco
Spain David Ferrer
Chile Nicolás Massú
France Michaël Llodra
Germany Florian Mayer
Peru Luis Horna
Argentina Juan Mónaco

6–4, 3–6, 10–7
Belgium Xavier Malisse
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Medibank International
Sydney, Australia
International Series
$465,000
Hard
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
7–6(3), 7–6(4)
Australia Chris Guccione France Fabrice Santoro
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
France Sébastien Grosjean
Russia Evgeny Korolev
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Argentina Agustín Calleri
France Richard Gasquet
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

4–6, 6–4, 11–9
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
14 January
21 January
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
A$ 9,609,870
Hard
Serbia Novak Djokovic
4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(2)
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Switzerland Roger Federer
Spain Rafael Nadal
United States James Blake
Spain David Ferrer
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram

7–5, 7–6(4)
France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
Mixed Doubles:
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
China Sun Tiantian

7–6(4), 6–4
India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Sania Mirza
28 January Moviestar Open
Viña del Mar, Chile
International Series
$462,000
Clay
Chile Fernando González
W/O
Argentina Juan Mónaco Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain Santiago Ventura
Argentina Carlos Berlocq
Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Juan Pablo Brzezicki
Italy Fabio Fognini
Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Sebastián Prieto

6–1, 3–0 ret.
Argentina Máximo González
Argentina Juan Mónaco

February[edit]

The month of February saw Andy Murray and Michaël Llodra sustain their good form from the start of the season, with both picking up their second titles of the year.[6][7] Nicolás Almagro became the third player to win a second title, with both his wins coming during February. He completed the month with a win-loss record of 14–1 (including two Davis Cup ties for Spain).[8]

Elsewhere, several players continued to lay down important milestones in the history of the ATP Tour. Kei Nishikori, world number 244, shocked number 1 seed James Blake at Delray Beach and became the first Japanese man in nearly 16 years to win an ATP title (the last to do so was Shuzo Matsuoka, at the ATP Seoul in 1992).[9] Sergiy Stakhovsky, playing at the Zagreb Indoors, became the first man since Christian Miniussi, at the São Paulo event in 1991, to win an ATP Tour event after entering the tournament as a lucky loser. The feat had only been achieved a total of four times since the inception of the tour.[10] Stakhovsky's win-loss record on the main tour prior to the final had been 6–13.

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 February Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round
Moscow, Russia – Hard (i)
Ostrava, Czech Republic – Carpet (i)
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Clay (Red)
Ramat HaSharon, Israel – Hard
Braunschweig, Germany – Clay (Red) (i)
Lima, Peru – Clay (Red)
Sibiu, Romania – Hard (i)
Vienna, Austria – Clay (Red) (i)
First Round winners
 Russia 3–2
 Czech Republic 3–2
 Argentina 4–1
 Sweden 3–2
 Germany 3–2
 Spain 5–0
 France 5–0
 United States 4–1
First Round losers
 Serbia
 Belgium
 Great Britain
 Israel
 South Korea
 Peru
 Romania
 Austria
11 February Brasil Open
Costa do Sauípe, Brazil
International Series
$485,000
Clay
Spain Nicolás Almagro
7–6(4), 3–6, 7–5
Spain Carlos Moyá Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti
Italy Fabio Fognini
Spain Óscar Hernández
Argentina Eduardo Schwank
Czech Republic Ivo Minář
Italy Filippo Volandri
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá

4–6, 6–2, 10–7
Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Santiago Ventura Bertomeu
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
Delray Beach, United States
International Series
$436,000
Hard
Japan Kei Nishikori
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
United States James Blake United States Robby Ginepri
United States Sam Querrey
Russia Igor Kunitsyn
United States Mardy Fish
United States Vincent Spadea
United States Bobby Reynolds
Belarus Max Mirnyi
United Kingdom Jamie Murray

6–4, 3–6, 10–6
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
Open 13
Marseille, France
International Series
€534,000
Hard (indoor)
United Kingdom Andy Murray
6–3, 6–4
Croatia Mario Ančić
France Paul-Henri Mathieu
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
France Gilles Simon
France Nicolas Mahut
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Sweden Robin Söderling
Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner

7–6(0), 7–5
Switzerland Yves Allegro
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
18 February Copa Telmex
Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Series
$485,000
Clay
Argentina David Nalbandian
3–6, 7–6(5), 6–4
Argentina José Acasuso Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela
Italy Filippo Volandri
Italy Potito Starace
Spain Nicolás Almagro
Russia Igor Andreev
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Peru Luis Horna

6–0, 6–7(6), 10–2
Austria Werner Eschauer
Australia Peter Luczak
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, Netherlands
International Series Gold
€765,000
Hard (indoor)
France Michaël Llodra
6–7(3), 6–3, 7–6(4)
Sweden Robin Söderling France Gilles Simon
Croatia Ivo Karlović
Italy Andreas Seppi
Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili
Germany Mischa Zverev
Netherlands Robin Haase
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Russia Dmitry Tursunov

7–5, 3–6, 10–7
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
SAP Open
San José, United States
International Series
$436,000
Hard (indoor)
United States Andy Roddick
6–4, 7–5
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek Spain Guillermo García-López
United States Robby Ginepri
United States Mardy Fish
United States John Isner
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun
United States James Blake
United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin

7–6(4), 7–5
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
25 February Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico
International Series Gold
$794,000
Clay
Spain Nicolás Almagro
6–1, 7–6(1)
Argentina David Nalbandian Peru Luis Horna
Argentina José Acasuso
Italy Potito Starace
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Spain Marcel Granollers
Chile Nicolás Massú
Austria Oliver Marach
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák

6–2, 6–7(3), 10–7
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Peru Luis Horna
Morgan Keegan Championships
Memphis, United States
International Series Gold
$769,000
Hard (indoor)
Belgium Steve Darcis
6–3, 7–6(5)
Sweden Robin Söderling Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Sweden Jonas Björkman
United States Andy Roddick
Australia Chris Guccione
Germany Benjamin Becker
United States Donald Young
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles

7–6(5), 6–2
Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
PBZ Zagreb Indoors
Zagreb, Croatia
International Series
€370,250
Hard (indoor)
Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
7–5, 6–4
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić Croatia Mario Ančić
Italy Simone Bolelli
Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili
Netherlands Robin Haase
Belgium Olivier Rochus
Serbia Janko Tipsarević
Australia Paul Hanley
Australia Jordan Kerr

6–3, 3–6, 10–8
Germany Christopher Kas
Netherlands Rogier Wassen

March[edit]

Novak Djokovic endured a month of mixed fortunes, but stayed atop the ATP Race.

In March, fewer tournaments were competed, with two of them (Indian Wells and Miami) taking place over a two-week period and being played in conjunction with Women's Tennis Association (WTA) events. These were the first Masters Series events of the year. Novak Djokovic, a finalist at Indian Wells in 2007, was able to go one better there, defeating surprise finalist Mardy Fish. However, Djokovic was unable to maintain his good form, and lost to Kevin Anderson in his first match at the Miami event.[11] Aside from this victory, Anderson had made an earlier breakthrough in Las Vegas, reaching the final before losing to Sam Querrey. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Andy Roddick was in impressive form, dispatching Rafael Nadal and Djokovic before defeating Feliciano López in the final.[12]

World number 1 Roger Federer's slump in form continued, with the Swiss making a first round exit in Dubai, and failing to the reach the final of either Indian Wells or Miami. This was the first time since the year 2000, long before Federer became number 1, that he had not won a title in the first three months of the year.[13] Rafael Nadal's coinciding trophy drought meant that this was the first time since 1999, when Pete Sampras and Carlos Moyá occupied the world number 1 and 2 spots, that neither of world's top two players had won a tournament prior to the start of the European clay court season.[14]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 March Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, UAE
International Series Gold
$1,426,000
Hard
United States Andy Roddick
6–7(8), 6–4, 6–2
Spain Feliciano López Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Serbia Novak Djokovic
United Kingdom Andy Murray
Spain David Ferrer
Russia Igor Andreev
Spain Rafael Nadal
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles

7–5, 7–6(7)
Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
Channel Open
Las Vegas, United States
International Series
$500,000
Hard
United States Sam Querrey
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
South Africa Kevin Anderson United States Robby Ginepri
Argentina Guillermo Cañas
Russia Evgeny Korolev
Latvia Ernests Gulbis
United States Amer Delic
France Julien Benneteau
France Julien Benneteau
France Michaël Llodra

6–4, 4–6, 10–8
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
10 March
17 March
Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells, United States
Masters Series
$3,589,000
Hard
Serbia Novak Djokovic
6–2, 5–7, 6–3
United States Mardy Fish Switzerland Roger Federer
Spain Rafael Nadal
Germany Tommy Haas
Argentina David Nalbandian
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
United States James Blake
Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram

6–4, 6–4
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
24 March
31 March
Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, United States
Masters Series
$3,770,000
Hard
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
6–4, 6–2
Spain Rafael Nadal United States Andy Roddick
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
Switzerland Roger Federer
Serbia Janko Tipsarević
Russia Igor Andreev
United States James Blake
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan

6–2, 6–2
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles

April[edit]

April was a month that augured better for out-of-form world number 1 Roger Federer, who won his first title of the year in Estoril, and reached the final of Monte Carlo for the third year in a row. However, it was Rafael Nadal who proved to be most efficient, winning both tournaments he played on his favoured clay surface. By the end of the month, Nadal had taken his overall record on clay to 108 wins out of his last 109 matches.[15] Countryman David Ferrer also had a successful month, winning in Valencia and reaching the final of Barcelona.

At the Munich event, Fernando González won the tenth title of his career. The event also saw the re-emergence of Younes El Aynaoui, who was the oldest man (36) to reach the semi-final stage of an ATP level event since Jimmy Connors at the SAP Open in 1993. Connors was 40 at the time of his achievement.[16]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 April Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinals
Moscow, Russia – Hard (i)
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Clay (Red)
Bremen, Germany – Hard (i)
Winston-Salem, USA – Hard (i)
Quarterfinal winners
 Russia 3–2
 Argentina 4–1 Spain 4–1
 United States 4–1
Quarterfinal losers
 Czech Republic
 Sweden
 Germany
 France
14 April Estoril Open
Estoril, Portugal
International Series
€370,000
Clay
Switzerland Roger Federer
7–6(5), 1–2 ret.
Russia Nikolay Davydenko Germany Denis Gremelmayr
France Florent Serra
Portugal Frederico Gil
Czech Republic Jiří Vaněk
Italy Flavio Cipolla
France Marc Gicquel
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie

6–2, 4–6, 10–8
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
US Men's Clay Court Championships
Houston, United States
International Series
$436,000
Clay
Spain Marcel Granollers Pujol
6–4, 1–6, 7–5
United States James Blake Spain Óscar Hernández
United States Wayne Odesnik
Argentina Agustín Calleri
United States Mardy Fish
Brazil Marcos Daniel
Argentina Sergio Roitman
Latvia Ernests Gulbis
Germany Rainer Schüttler

7–5, 7–6(3)
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Spain Marcel Granollers
Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana
Valencia, Spain
International Series
€370,000
Clay
Spain David Ferrer
4–6, 6–2, 7–6(2)
Spain Nicolás Almagro Spain Tommy Robredo
Russia Evgeny Korolev
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Italy Potito Starace
Netherlands Robin Haase
Argentina Juan Mónaco
Argentina Máximo González
Argentina Juan Mónaco

7–5, 7–5
United States Travis Parrott
Slovakia Filip Polášek
21 April Monte-Carlo Masters
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Masters Series
€2,270,000
Clay
Spain Rafael Nadal
7–5, 7–5
Switzerland Roger Federer Serbia Novak Djokovic
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Argentina David Nalbandian
United States Sam Querrey
Russia Igor Andreev
Spain David Ferrer
Spain Rafael Nadal
Spain Tommy Robredo

6–3, 6–3
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
28 April Barcelona Open
Barcelona, Spain
International Series Gold
€824,000
Clay
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–1, 4–6, 6–1
Spain David Ferrer Germany Denis Gremelmayr
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela
Spain Nicolás Almagro
Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Tommy Robredo
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan

6–3, 6–2
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
BMW Open
Munich, Germany
International Series
€370,000
Clay
Chile Fernando González
7–6(4), 6–7(4), 6–3
Italy Simone Bolelli France Paul-Henri Mathieu
Morocco Younes El Aynaoui
Croatia Marin Čilić
South Korea Lee Hyung-taik
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Russia Marat Safin
Germany Michael Berrer
Germany Rainer Schüttler

7–5, 3–6, 10–8
United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin

May[edit]

Eventual champion Rafael Nadal (r) against Potito Starace in the Am Rothenbaum stadium in Hamburg. In 2009, the Hamburg tournament will be downgraded from a Masters Series event.[17]

May saw the culmination of the European clay court swing, with Rafael Nadal adding two further titles to his tally (including the French Open). Nadal had three titles to defend, in Barcelona (held in April), Rome, and Monte Carlo (in addition to playing in Hamburg) in consecutive weeks, and criticized the ATP Tour for scheduling this way, calling it "impossible".[18] Nadal said that his second defeat in 109 clay court matches, against Juan Carlos Ferrero in Rome, could be partially attributed to a foot injury he sustained as a result of the scheduling. The Rome Masters Series event was beset by injuries, with the semi-final opponents of both Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka retiring; several other high-profile retirements occurred earlier in the tournament. The 2008 clay court season was condensed because American television broadcasters requested that the US spring hard court season finish a week later, due to scheduling requirements. This was as a result of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which started a week later than usual; the Olympics were also a factor in a general restructuring of the tour, and American James Blake suggested that the Davis Cup should not be played in Olympic years.[19][20] Djokovic also called for the ATP to "take care of the players".[19]

The second Grand Slam tournament of the year saw Nadal beat Roger Federer for the fourth year in a row, and for the third year, in the final. Nadal produced his most comprehensive victory over Federer at Roland Garros, and became the first man since Björn Borg (1978–81) to win four French Open titles in a row. Nadal further cemented his place in history by becoming only the seventh man to win a Grand Slam title without losing a set. For Federer, the defeat saw him lose his first set to love in a Grand Slam since the 1999 French Open, against Pat Rafter.[21] Gaël Monfils delighted the French crowd by becoming the first home player to reach the semi-finals since 2001.[22]

Nikolay Davydenko also won his third Hypo Group Tennis International in four years, and in team competition, the Sweden team of Robin Söderling, Thomas Johansson, and Robert Lindstedt won the World Team Cup, thus giving Sweden its first victory since 1995.

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 May Rome Masters
Rome, Italy
Masters Series
€2,270,000
Clay
Serbia Novak Djokovic
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
United States Andy Roddick
Switzerland Roger Federer
Spain Nicolás Almagro
Spain Tommy Robredo
United States James Blake
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan

3–6, 6–4, 10–8
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
12 May Hamburg Masters
Hamburg, Germany
Masters Series
€2,270,000
Clay
Spain Rafael Nadal
7–5, 6–7(3), 6–3
Switzerland Roger Federer Italy Andreas Seppi
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Germany Nicolas Kiefer
Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Carlos Moyá
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić

6–4, 5–7, 10–8
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
19 May Grand Prix Hassan II
Casablanca, Morocco
International Series
€370,000
Clay
France Gilles Simon
7–5, 6–2
France Julien Benneteau France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Spain Santiago Ventura
France Marc Gicquel
Morocco Younes El Aynaoui
Spain Óscar Hernández
Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Santiago Ventura Bertomeu

6–1, 6–2
United States James Cerretani
Australia Todd Perry
Hypo Group Tennis International
Pörtschach, Austria
International Series
€370,000
Clay
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Argentina Juan Mónaco Russia Igor Kunitsyn
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
Italy Andreas Seppi
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Spain Daniel Gimeno-Traver
United States Robby Ginepri
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá

7–5, 6–7(3), 13–11
Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
World Team Cup
Düsseldorf, Germany
World Team Cup
€1,500,000
Clay
 Sweden
2–1
 Russia  Italy
 United States
 Spain
 Germany
 Argentina
 Czech Republic
26 May
2 June
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
€7,077,680
Clay
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–1, 6–3, 6–0
Switzerland Roger Federer France Gaël Monfils
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Chile Fernando González
Spain David Ferrer
Latvia Ernests Gulbis
Spain Nicolás Almagro
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Peru Luis Horna

6–2, 6–3
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Mixed Doubles:
United States Bob Bryan
Belarus Victoria Azarenka

6–2, 7–6(4)
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik

June[edit]

At the 2008 Queen's Club Championships, defending champion Andy Roddick made a strong showing running to the semifinals. But there, he met number two Rafael Nadal and fell. Third ranked Novak Djokovic reached the final, but fell to the Spaniard Nadal 7-6, 7-5.[23][24] Meanwhile, top-ranked Roger Federer came to the 2008 Gerry Weber Open on grass courts looking for a title. He won the tournament, beating the home-favored Philipp Kohlschreiber in Halle, NRW, Germany, in the final. While Federer played impressive tennis, Kohlschreiber procured a magnificent win over James Blake in the semifinals before falling to Federer.[25] Mikhail Youzhny and Mischa Zverev won their first of two titles together in 2008 as well at the tournament. Nikolay Davydenko stayed behind and won the 2008 Orange Warsaw Open on the Polish red clay, beating a spirited Juan Mónaco in the final.[26] The Russian also reached the doubles final with Yuri Schukin but fell to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, 6-0, 3-6, [10–4].[27]

The following week, with one week until the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. With both tournaments of the week taking place on grass, it would be the only week in the season when all tournaments were played on grass courts. David Ferrer pulled through as the top seed to win the title in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands at the 2008 Ordina Open, beating Marc Gicquel with relative ease in the final.[28] Mario Ančić and Jürgen Melzer won the doubles title. Croatia's Ivo Karlović defended his title for the second successive year at the 2008 Nottingham Open, winning over Fernando Verdasco.

Wimbledon turned out to be a stunning tournament with lots of television coverage. Marat Safin blew out Novak Djokovic in front of millions on television in straight sets. The upset came in the second round, when the former number one Russian continued his run of form all the way through to the semifinals, beating Andreas Seppi, Stanislas Wawrinka and Feliciano López in succession to reach the semifinals against number one and five-time defending champion Roger Federer. Rainer Schüttler defeated James Blake in a rocky five setter that was also televised to go on and make a run to the semifinals. However, Nadal beat Schüttler to race into the final without the loss of more than one set, having had won Hamburg, Roland Garros, Queen's Club, and racing into the Wimbledon final. However, the final that was contested between Federer and Nadal was won by the Spaniard 9-7 in the final set and watched by many. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić beat Jonas Björkman and Kevin Ullyett in a long four set final that saw the first two sets be decided by split tiebreaks, but then the Canadian–Serbian team dominated, also on television. Samantha Stosur and Bob Bryan captured the mixed doubles title, defeating Katarina Srebotnik and Bob's twin Mike Bryan in the final.[29]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 June Gerry Weber Open
Halle, NRW, Germany
International Series
€713,000
Grass
Switzerland Roger Federer
6–3, 6–4
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber Germany Nicolas Kiefer
United States James Blake
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
France Michaël Llodra
Sweden Robin Söderling
Germany Andreas Beck
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Germany Mischa Zverev

6–3, 4–6, 10–3
Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes
Queen's Club Championships
Queen's Club, London, UK
International Series
€713,000
Grass
Spain Rafael Nadal
7–6(6), 7–5
Serbia Novak Djokovic United States Andy Roddick
Argentina David Nalbandian
Croatia Ivo Karlović
United Kingdom Andy Murray
France Richard Gasquet
Australia Lleyton Hewitt
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić

6–4, 7–6(3)
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
Warsaw Open
Warsaw, Poland
International Series
€425,000
Clay
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
6–3, 6–3
Spain Tommy Robredo Italy Fabio Fognini
Argentina Juan Mónaco
Russia Evgeny Korolev
Argentina Guillermo Cañas
Spain Marcel Granollers
Spain Óscar Hernández
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski

6–0, 3–6, 10–4
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Kazakhstan Yuri Schukin
16 June Ordina Open
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
International Series
€370,000
Grass
Spain David Ferrer
6–4, 6–2
France Marc Gicquel Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Argentina Guillermo Cañas
Croatia Mario Ančić
France Arnaud Clément
Serbia Viktor Troicki
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Croatia Mario Ančić
Austria Jürgen Melzer

7–6(5), 6–3
India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
Nottingham Open
Nottingham, UK
International Series
€370,000
Grass
Croatia Ivo Karlović
7–5, 6–7(4), 7–6(8)
Spain Fernando Verdasco France Gaël Monfils
Croatia Marin Čilić
United States Vincent Spadea
Italy Andreas Seppi
France Gilles Simon
Sweden Thomas Johansson
Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett

6–2, 7–6(5)
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
23 June
30 June
Wimbledon
Wimbledon, London, UK
Grand Slam
£5,257,000
Grass
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7
Switzerland Roger Federer Russia Marat Safin
Germany Rainer Schüttler
Croatia Mario Ančić
Spain Feliciano López
France Arnaud Clément
United Kingdom Andy Murray
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić

7–6(12), 6–7(3), 6–3, 6–3
Sweden Jonas Björkman
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
Mixed Doubles:
United States Bob Bryan
Australia Samantha Stosur

7–5, 6–4
United States Mike Bryan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 July Swedish Open
Båstad, Sweden
International Series
€326,000
Clay
Spain Tommy Robredo
6–4, 6–1
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych Spain David Ferrer
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Sweden Robin Söderling
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
Italy Potito Starace
Sweden Björn Rehnquist
Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Robin Söderling

6–2, 6–2
Sweden Johan Brunström
Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer
Suisse Open
Gstaad, Switzerland
International Series
€389,000
Clay
Romania Victor Hănescu
6–3, 6–4
Russia Igor Andreev Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
Spain Guillermo García-López
Argentina Guillermo Cañas
France Jérémy Chardy
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Croatia Marin Čilić
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
Slovakia Filip Polášek

3–6, 6–2, 11–9
Switzerland Stéphane Bohli
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
International Series
$385,000
Grass
France Fabrice Santoro
6–3, 7–5
India Prakash Amritraj Canada Frank Dancevic
United States Vincent Spadea
India Rohan Bopanna
Russia Igor Kunitsyn
Austria Alexander Peya
Spain Iván Navarro
United States Mardy Fish
United States John Isner

6–4, 7–6(1)
India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Mercedes Cup
Stuttgart, Germany
International Series Gold
€568,000
Clay
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
6–4, 7–5
France Richard Gasquet Argentina Eduardo Schwank
Argentina Agustín Calleri
Czech Republic Jan Hernych
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Germany Michael Berrer
Spain Albert Montañés
Germany Christopher Kas
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber

6–3, 6–4
Germany Michael Berrer
Germany Mischa Zverev
14 July Dutch Open
Amersfoort, Netherlands
International Series
€326,000
Clay
Spain Albert Montañés
1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Belgium Steve Darcis France Marc Gicquel
Spain Óscar Hernández
Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili
Belgium Christophe Rochus
Spain Marcel Granollers
Argentina José Acasuso
Czech Republic František Čermák
Netherlands Rogier Wassen

7–5, 7–5
Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung
Netherlands Igor Sijsling
Indianapolis Tennis Championships
Indianapolis, United States
International Series
$525,000
Hard
France Gilles Simon
6–4, 6–4
Russia Dmitry Tursunov United States James Blake
United States Sam Querrey
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun
Chile Paul Capdeville
United States Bobby Reynolds
Germany Tommy Haas
Australia Ashley Fisher
United States Tripp Phillips

3–6, 6–3, 10–5
United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
Austrian Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
International Series Gold
€571,000
Clay
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
6–2, 6–1
Austria Jürgen Melzer Romania Victor Hănescu
Italy Potito Starace
France Nicolas Devilder
Argentina Brian Dabul
Argentina Eduardo Schwank
Germany Rainer Schüttler
United States James Cerretani
Romania Victor Hănescu

6–3, 7–5
Argentina Lucas Arnold Ker
Belgium Olivier Rochus
Croatia Open
Umag, Croatia
International Series
€326,000
Clay
Spain Fernando Verdasco
3–6, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Russia Igor Andreev Italy Fabio Fognini
Argentina Máximo González
Germany Mischa Zverev
Spain Carlos Moyá
Argentina Guillermo Cañas
Croatia Roko Karanušić
Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
Czech Republic Petr Pála

2–6, 6–3, 10–5
Argentina Carlos Berlocq
Italy Fabio Fognini
21 July Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada
Masters Series
$2,615,000
Hard
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–3, 6–2
Germany Nicolas Kiefer France Gilles Simon
United Kingdom Andy Murray
Croatia Marin Čilić
United States James Blake
Serbia Novak Djokovic
France Richard Gasquet
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić

6–2, 4–6, 10–6
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
28 July Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Cincinnati, United States
Masters Series
$2,615,000
Hard
United Kingdom Andy Murray
7–6(4), 7–6(5)
Serbia Novak Djokovic Croatia Ivo Karlović
Spain Rafael Nadal
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Spain Carlos Moyá
Latvia Ernests Gulbis
Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan

4–6, 7–6(2), 10–7
Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semi finalists Quarter finalists
4 August Countrywide Classic
Los Angeles, United States
International Series
$475,000
Hard
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
6–1, 7–6(2)
United States Andy Roddick Germany Denis Gremelmayr
United States Mardy Fish
France Marc Gicquel
Russia Marat Safin
United States Amer Delic
France Florent Serra
India Rohan Bopanna
United States Eric Butorac

7–6(5), 7–6(5)
United States Travis Parrot
Serbia Dušan Vemić
11 August Olympics
Beijing, China
Olympics
Hard
 Gold  Silver  Bronze Fourth Place Switzerland Roger Federer
France Paul-Henri Mathieu
France Gaël Monfils
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–3, 7–6(2), 6–3
Chile Fernando González Serbia Novak Djokovic
6–3, 7–6(4)
United States James Blake
Switzerland Roger Federer
Stanislas Wawrinka

6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3
Sweden Simon Aspelin
Thomas Johansson
United States Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
France Arnaud Clément
Michaël Llodra
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Washington, D. C., United States
International Series
$508,000
Hard
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
6–3, 6–3
Serbia Viktor Troicki Russia Igor Kunitsyn
Germany Tommy Haas
United States Andy Roddick
India Somdev Devvarman
Colombia Alejandro Falla
United States John Isner
France Marc Gicquel
Sweden Robert Lindstedt

7–6(6), 6–3
Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
18 August Pilot Pen Tennis
New Haven, United States
International Series
$708,000
Hard
Croatia Marin Čilić
6–4, 4–6, 6–2
United States Mardy Fish Spain Fernando Verdasco
Slovenia Luka Gregorc
Germany Mischa Zverev
United States Jesse Levine
Russia Igor Andreev
Italy Andreas Seppi
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá

7–5, 6–2
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
25 August
1 September
US Open
Flushing, New York, United States
Grand Slam
$9,350,000
Hard
Switzerland Roger Federer
6–2, 7–5, 6–2
United Kingdom Andy Murray Spain Rafael Nadal
Serbia Novak Djokovic
United States Mardy Fish
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
United States Andy Roddick
Luxembourg Gilles Müller
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan

7–6(5), 7–6(10)
Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes
Mixed Doubles:
India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black

7–6(6), 6–4
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
United States Liezel Huber

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 September BCR Open
Bucharest, Romania
International Series
€370,000
Clay
France Gilles Simon
6–3, 6–4
Spain Carlos Moyá France Richard Gasquet
Argentina José Acasuso
Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili
Spain Guillermo García-López
Spain Iván Navarro
France Florent Serra
France Nicolas Devilder
France Paul-Henri Mathieu

7–6(4), 6–7(9), 22–20
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
15 September Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Semifinals
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Clay (Red)
Madrid, Spain – Clay (Red)
Semifinal winners
 Argentina 3–2 Spain 4–1
Semifinal losers
 Russia
 United States
22 September Thailand Open
Bangkok, Thailand
International Series
$576,000
Hard (indoor)
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
7–6(4), 6–4
Serbia Novak Djokovic Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
France Gaël Monfils
Sweden Robin Söderling
France Nicolas Mahut
Germany Philipp Petzschner
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes

6–4, 7–6(4)
United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
China Open
Beijing, China
International Series
$524,000
Hard
United States Andy Roddick
6–4, 6–7(6), 6–3
Israel Dudi Sela Germany Rainer Schüttler
Germany Björn Phau
Spain Tommy Robredo
France Richard Gasquet
Chile Fernando González
Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero
Australia Stephen Huss
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins

7–5, 6–4
Australia Ashley Fisher
United States Bobby Reynolds
29 September Open de Moselle
Metz, France
International Series
€370,000
Hard (indoor)
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
7–6(6), 1–6, 6–4
France Paul-Henri Mathieu Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
France Adrian Mannarino
Spain Carlos Moyá
Argentina Eduardo Schwank
Serbia Janko Tipsarević
France Marc Gicquel
France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra

5–7, 6–3, 10–8
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
Japan Open
Tokyo, Japan
International Series Gold
$969,000
Hard
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
6–1, 6–4
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro France Richard Gasquet
United States Andy Roddick
Spain David Ferrer
Germany Rainer Schüttler
Chile Fernando González
Serbia Viktor Troicki
Russia Mikhail Youzhny
Germany Mischa Zverev

6–3, 6–4

Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 October Kremlin Cup
Moscow, Russia
International Series
$1,049,000
Hard (indoor)
Russia Igor Kunitsyn
7–6(6), 6–7(4), 6–3
Russia Marat Safin Germany Mischa Zverev
France Fabrice Santoro
Russia Nikolay Davydenko
Serbia Viktor Troicki
France Paul-Henri Mathieu
France Jérémy Chardy
Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
Italy Potito Starace
7–6(4), 2–6, 10–6
Australia Stephen Huss
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
2008 Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
International Series
€713,000
Hard (indoor)
Argentina David Nalbandian
6–2, 5–7, 6–3
Sweden Robin Söderling Finland Jarkko Nieminen
Japan Kei Nishikori
Spain Albert Montañés
Spain Óscar Hernández
Germany Rainer Schüttler
Croatia Mario Ančić
Sweden Jonas Björkman
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–1, 6–3
Sweden Johan Brunström
Sweden Michael Ryderstedt
Bank Austria-Tennis Trophy
Vienna, Austria
International Series Gold
€674,000
Hard (indoor)
Germany Philipp Petzschner
6–4, 6–4
France Gaël Monfils Spain Feliciano López
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Spain Carlos Moyá
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Chile Fernando González
Belarus Max Mirnyi
Israel Andy Ram
6–1, 7–5
Germany Philipp Petzschner
Austria Alexander Peya
13 October Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open
Madrid, Spain
Masters Series
€2,270,000
Hard (indoor)
United Kingdom Andy Murray
6–4, 7–6(6)
France Gilles Simon Spain Rafael Nadal
Switzerland Roger Federer
Spain Feliciano López
Croatia Ivo Karlović
France Gaël Monfils
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski

6–4, 6–2
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
20 October Davidoff Swiss Indoors
Basel, Switzerland
International Series
€891,000
Hard (indoor)
Switzerland Roger Federer
6–3, 6–4
Argentina David Nalbandian Spain Feliciano López
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Italy Simone Bolelli
United States James Blake
Russia Igor Andreev
Germany Benjamin Becker
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles

6–3, 6–3
Germany Christopher Kas
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon
Lyon, France
International Series
€713,000
Carpet (indoor)
Sweden Robin Söderling
6–3, 6–7(5), 6–1
France Julien Benneteau France Gilles Simon
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
United States Andy Roddick
France Josselin Ouanna
Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero
Belgium Steve Darcis
France Michaël Llodra
Israel Andy Ram

6–3, 5–7, 10–8
Australia Stephen Huss
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
St Petersburg Open
Saint Petersburg, Russia
International Series
$1,049,000
Hard (indoor)
United Kingdom Andy Murray
6–1, 6–1
Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev Spain Fernando Verdasco
Romania Victor Hănescu
Serbia Janko Tipsarević
Germany Rainer Schüttler
Germany Mischa Zverev
Russia Michail Elgin
United States Travis Parrott
Slovakia Filip Polášek

3–6, 7–6(4), 10–8
India Rohan Bopanna
Belarus Max Mirnyi
27 October BNP Paribas Masters
Paris, France
Masters Series
€2,270,000
Hard (indoor)
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Argentina David Nalbandian Russia Nikolay Davydenko
United States James Blake
Spain Rafael Nadal
United Kingdom Andy Murray
United States Andy Roddick
Switzerland Roger Federer
Sweden Jonas Björkman
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett

6–2, 6–2
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Round Robin
2 November
No tournaments scheduled.
9 November Masters Cup
Shanghai, China
Tennis Masters Cup
$4,450,000
Hard (indoor)
Serbia Novak Djokovic
6–1, 7–5
Russia Nikolay Davydenko United Kingdom Andy Murray
France Gilles Simon
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
United States Andy Roddick
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
Switzerland Roger Federer
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić

7–6(3), 6–2
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
16 November Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final
Mar del Plata, Argentina – Hard (i)
 Spain 4–1  Argentina

Statistical information[edit]

List of players and titles won (Grand Slam, Masters Cup and Olympic titles in bold), listed in order of number of titles won:

The following players won their first title:

Titles won by nation:

  • Spain Spain 16 (Costa do Sauipe, Acapulco, Valencia, Houston, Monte-Carlo Masters, Barcelona, Hamburg Masters, French Open, London, 's-Hertogenbosch, Wimbledon, Båstad, Amersfoort, Umag, Canada Masters, and Beijing Olympics)
  • France France 8 (Adelaide, Rotterdam, Casablanca, Newport, Indianapolis, Bucharest, Bangkok, and Paris Masters)
  • Russia Russia 7 (Sydney, Chennai, Miami Masters, Portschach, Warsaw, Metz and Moscow)
  • Argentina Argentina 6 (Buenos Aires, Stuttgart, Kitzbühel, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and Stockholm)
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom 5 (Doha, Marseille, Cincinnati Masters, Madrid Masters, and St. Petersburg)
  • Serbia Serbia 4 (Australian Open, Indian Wells Masters, Rome Masters and Tennis Masters Cup)
  • Switzerland Switzerland 4 (Estoril, Halle, US Open, and Basel)
  •  United States 4 (San Jose, Dubai, Las Vegas and Beijing)
  • Chile Chile 2 (Viña del Mar and Munich)
  • Croatia Croatia 2 (Nottingham and New Haven)
  • Germany Germany 2 (Auckland and Vienna)
  • Belgium Belgium 1 (Memphis)
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic 1 (Tokyo)
  • Japan Japan 1 (Delray Beach)
  • Romania Romania 1 (Gstaad)
  • Sweden Sweden 1 (Lyon)
  • Ukraine Ukraine 1 (Zagreb)

Entry rankings[edit]

Singles[edit]

As of 31 December 2007[30]
Rk Name Nation Points
1 Roger Federer   SUI 7,180
2 Rafael Nadal  ESP 5,735
3 Novak Djokovic  SRB 4,470
4 Nikolay Davydenko  RUS 2,825
5 David Ferrer  ESP 2,750
6 Andy Roddick  USA 2,530
7 Fernando González  CHI 2,005
8 Richard Gasquet  FRA 1,930
9 David Nalbandian  ARG 1,775
10 Tommy Robredo  ESP 1,765
11 Andy Murray  GBR 1,755
12 Tommy Haas  GER 1,720
13 James Blake  USA 1,710
14 Tomáš Berdych  CZE 1,685
15 Guillermo Cañas  ARG 1,653
16 Marcos Baghdatis  CYP 1,600
17 Carlos Moyá  ESP 1,585
18 Ivan Ljubičić  CRO 1,580
19 Mikhail Youzhny  RUS 1,570
20 Juan Ignacio Chela  ARG 1,425
As of 17 November 2008[31]
Rk Name Nation Points High Low Change
1 Rafael Nadal  ESP 6,675 1 2 Increase 1
2 Roger Federer   SUI 5,305 1 2 Decrease 1
3 Novak Djokovic  SRB 5,295 3 3 Steady
4 Andy Murray  GBR 3,720 4 22 Increase 7
5 Nikolay Davydenko  RUS 2,715 4 6 Decrease 1
6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  FRA 2,050 6 38 Increase 37
7 Gilles Simon  FRA 1,980 7 36 Increase 22
8 Andy Roddick  USA 1,970 6 9 Decrease 2
9 Juan Martín del Potro  ARG 1,945 8 81 Increase 35
10 James Blake  USA 1,775 7 15 Increase 3
11 David Nalbandian  ARG 1,725 7 11 Decrease 2
12 David Ferrer  ESP 1,695 4 12 Decrease 7
13 Stanislas Wawrinka   SUI 1,510 9 35 Increase 23
14 Gaël Monfils  FRA 1,475 14 65 Increase 24
15 Fernando González  CHI 1,420 7 25 Decrease 8
16 Fernando Verdasco  ESP 1,415 11 31 Increase 10
17 Robin Söderling  SWE 1,325 17 59 Increase 24
18 Nicolás Almagro  ESP 1,270 11 31 Increase 10
19 Igor Andreev  RUS 1,245 18 37 Increase 14
20 Tomáš Berdych  CZE 1,215 9 28 Decrease 6

Point distribution[edit]

Points are awarded as follows:

Tournament category Total financial
commitment
W F SF
(3rd/4th)
QF R16 R32 R64 R128 Additional
qualifying points
Grand Slam $6,784,000 to $9,943,000 1000 700 450 250 150 75 35 5 15
Tennis Masters Cup $4,450,000 750^
550m
500^
300m
300^
100m
(100 for each round robin match win,
+200 for a semifinal win, +250 for the final win)
ATP Masters Series $2,450,000 to $3,450,000 500 350 225 125 75 35 5 (20) (5) 15*
Olympics 400 280 205/155 100 50 25 5
International Series Gold $1,000,000 300 210 135 75 25 0 (15) (0) 10*
International Series Gold $800,000 250 175 110 60 25 0 (15) (0) 10*
International Series $1,000,000 250 175 110 60 25 0 (15) (0) 10*
International Series $800,000 225 155 100 55 20 0 (10) (0) 10*
International Series $600,000 200 140 90 50 15 (20) 0 (10) (0) 5
International Series $400,000 175 120 75 40 15 0 5
Challenger $150,000+H 100 70 45 23 10 0 3
Challenger $150,000 90 63 40 21 9 0 3
Challenger $125,000 80 56 36 19 8 0 3
Challenger $100,000 70 49 31 16 7 0 3
Challenger $75,000 60 42 27 14 6 0 3
Challenger $50,000 or $35,000+H 55 38 24 13 5 0 2
Futures $15,000+H 24 16 8 4 1 0
Futures $15,000 18 12 6 3 1 0
Futures $10,000 12 8 4 2 1 0

Glossary[edit]

(€): All prize money and fees for ATP Masters Series, International Series, and Challengers played in Europe must be paid in euros (€). In most cases they are calculated at the 0.85 USD/EUR exchange rate, but it varies and is often rounded throughout the 2008 ATP Official Rulebook.

(^): Tennis Masters Cup: maximum number of points that can be assigned to the player at this round (after he qualified to the semifinal with 3 round-robin wins)

(m): Tennis Masters Cup: minimum number of points that can be assigned to the player at this round (after he qualified to the semifinal with 1 round-robin win)

+H: Any Challenger or Futures providing hospitality shall receive the points of the next higher prize money level in that category. Monies shown for Challengers and Futures are on-site prize amounts.

Points are assigned to the losers of the round indicated. Any player who reaches the second round by drawing a bye and then loses shall be considered to have lost in the first round and shall receive first round loser's points (5 for Grand Slams and all AMS events). Wild cards at Grand Slams and AMS events receive points only from the 2nd round. No points are awarded for a first round loss at International Series Events, Challenger Series, or Futures Series events.

Players qualifying for the Main Draw through the qualifying competition shall receive qualifying points in addition to any points earned, as per the following table, with the exception of Futures.

(*): 5 points only if the Main Draw is larger than 32 (International Series) or 64 (ATP Masters Series)

In addition to the points allocated above, points are allocated to losers at Grand Slam, Tennis Masters Series, and International Series Gold Tournaments qualifying events in the following manner:

  • Grand Slams: 8 points for a last round loser, 4 points for a second round loser
  • Tennis Masters Series: 8 points for a last round loser(**), 0 points for a first round loser
  • International Series Gold: 5 points for a last round loser(**), 0 points for a first round loser,

(**): 3 points only if the Main Draw is larger than 32 (International Series Gold) or 64 (ATP Masters Series).

Sources[edit]

ATP race[edit]

Singles[edit]

Grand Slams and Masters Series in bold. Points are shown in order of scoring. The second row shows the result and the week in which it was achieved. Italics indicate that a player is not yet eliminated from a tournament.

18 events count towards the race, split as follows:

  • 4 Grand Slam events
  • 9 Masters Series events
  • 5 other events

If a player has a valid forfeit or may not enter the Grand Slam or Masters Series, he may count the other events towards the race. ATP RACE

Race updated: 2008-10–27

Rk Name Nation Grand Slams Masters Series Best other Total
AUS RGA WIM USO IND MIA MON ROM HAM TOR CIN MAD PAR 1 2 3 4 5
1 Rafael Nadal  ESP 90
SF
200
W
200
W
90
SF
45
SF
70
F
100
W
1
R32
100
W
100
W
45
SF
45
SF
25
QF
80
W
60
W
45
W
24
F
15
QF
1335
2 Roger Federer   SUI 90
SF
140
F
140
F
200
W
45
SF
25
QF
70
F
25
QF
70
F
1
R32
15
R16
45
SF
25
QF
50
W
45
W
35
W
20
QF
0
R32
1041
3 Novak Djokovic  SRB 200
W
90
SF
7
R64
90
SF
100
W
1
R64
45
SF
100
W
45
SF
25
QF
70
F
15
R16
15
R16
41
3rd
31
F
27
SF
24
F
3
R16
929
4 Andy Murray  GBR 1
R128
15
R32
50
QF
140
F
15
R16
1
R64
15
R16
7
R32
15
R16
45
SF
100
W
100
W
25
QF
50
W
50
W
40
W
15
QF
0
R32
684
5 Nikolay Davydenko  RUS 30
R16
15
R32
1
R128
30
R16
7
R32
100
W
45
SF
15
R16
15
R16
15
R16
1
R32
1
R32
45
SF
35
W
35
W
27
SF
24
F
22
SF
463
6 Andy Roddick  USA 15
R32
7
R64
50
QF
1
R64
45
SF
45
SF
15
R16
15
R16
25
QF
60
W
35
W
35
W
24
F
22
SF
394
7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  FRA 140
F
15
R32
15
R16
7
R32
1
R64
7
R32
15
R16
100
W
35
W
20
SF
15
SF
15
SF
5
R16
390
8 Juan Martín del Potro  ARG 7
R64
7
R64
7
R64
50
QF
4
R64
4
R64
25
QF
15
R16
50
W
50
W
35
W
35
W
80 369*
9 Gilles Simon  FRA 15
R32
15
R32
1
R128
15
R32
4
R64
1
R128
1
R64
7
R32
7
R32
45
SF
7
R32
70
F
15
R16
36
W
35
W
35
W
27
SF
20
SF
356
10 James Blake  USA 50
QF
7
R64
7
R64
15
R32
25
QF
25
QF
25
QF
1
R32
25
QF
15
R16
1
R32
45
SF
31
4th
24
F
24
F
20
SF
15
SF
355
11 David Nalbandian  ARG 15
R32
7
R64
1
R128
15
R32
25
QF
1
R64
25
QF
1
R34
15
R16
70
F
45
W
35
W
35
F
35
F
20
SF
345
12 David Ferrer  ESP 50
QF
50
QF
15
R32
15
R32
7
R32
1
R64
25
QF
1
R32
15
R16
15
R16
1
R32
1
R32
1
R32
42
F
35
W
35
W
15
QF
15
SF
339
13 Stanislas Wawrinka   SUI 7
R64
15
R32
30
R16
30
R16
25
QF
1
R64
1
R64
70
F
7
R32
15
R16
15
R16
1
R32
35
F
27
SF
15
SF
5
2R
3
R16
302
14 Fernando González  CHI 15
R32
50
QF
7
R64
30
R16
1
R64
7
R32
15
R16
7
R32
1
R64
1
R32
56
F
35
W
35
W
12
QF
12
QF
284
15 Fernando Verdasco  ESP 7
R64
30
R16
30
R16
15
R32
7
R32
1
R64
1
R64
15
R16
25
QF
7
R32
15
R16
1
R32
15
R16
35
W
24
F
22
SF
18
SF
15
SF
283
16 Gaël Monfils  FRA 90
SF
30
R16
1
R128
4
R64
15
R16
1
R64
7
R32
25
QF
15
R16
35
F
20
QF
15
SF
15
SF
6 279*
17 Robin Söderling  SWE 15
R32
7
R64
1
R128
4
R64
7
R32
7
R32
1
R64
15
R16
15
R16
15
R16
7
R32
7
R32
45
W
42
F
35
F
31
F
11
QF
265
18 Igor Andreev  RUS 15
R32
7
R64
7
R64
30
R16
1
R64
25
QF
25
QF
15
R16
1
R64
15
R16
15
R16
1
R64
7
R32
24
F
24
F
15
QF
12
QF
10
R16
249
19 Nicolás Almagro  ESP 1
R128
50
QF
7
R64
15
R32
1
R64
7
R32
15
R16
25
QF
1
R64
50
W
35
W
24
F
15
QF
0 246
20 Tomáš Berdych  CZE 30
R16
7
R64
15
R32
1
R128
1
R64
45
SF
1
R32
7
R32
7
R32
7
R32
15
R16
50
W
24
F
15
SF
10
R16
8
QF
243

Masters Cup entrants[edit]

The top eight players who qualify on the ATP Race (8 teams for doubles) will compete in the year-ending finale, in Shanghai, China, from November 9 through November 16. World no. 1 Rafael Nadal has withdrew his name due to a foot injury.

As of October 5, the following entrants remain entered in the competition:[32]

# Singles Entrant Doubles Team Entrant
1. Switzerland Roger Federer United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2. Serbia Novak Djokovic Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
3. United Kingdom Andy Murray India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
4. Russia Nikolay Davydenko Sweden Jonas Björkman
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
5. United States Andy Roddick South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes
7. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
8. France Gilles Simon Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Peru Luis Horna

Doubles[edit]

Unlike the ATP Singles Race, the Stanford ATP Doubles Race uses only the best fourteen tournaments on a team's ranking with no mandatory tournaments counting towards the ranking.

Rk Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
1 United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
200
W
100
W
100
W
100
W
90
SF
70
F
70
F
60
W
50
QF
50
QF
25
QF
25
QF
25
QF
24
F
989
2 Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
200
W
140
F
100
W
100
W
70
F
70
F
50
QF
45
W
45
SF
30
R16
27
SF
25
QF
12
QF
12
QF
926
3 India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
90
SF
70
F
70
F
70
F
60
W
45
SF
40
W
30
R16
28
F
25
QF
25
QF
22
QF
15
SF
8
QF
593
4 Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
200
W
100
W
70
F
50
QF
30
R16
27
SF
25
QF
15
SF
15
R32
11
QF
8
QF
551
5 Sweden Jonas Björkman
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
140
F
50
QF
45
W
45
SF
45
SF
45
SF
25
QF
25
QF
15
R16
15
SF
15
R32
11
QF
476
6 Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes
140
F
90
SF
45
SF
35
W
35
F
31
F
30
R16
25
QF
431
7 Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
100
W
42
F
35
W
30
R16
25
QF
25
QF
24
F
24
F
15
R32
15
R16
15
R16
15
R16
15
QF
15
SF
395
8 South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Wesley Moodie
90
SF
45
SF
45
SF
45
SF
42
F
35
W
20
SF
15
R32
15
R16
15
R16
15
R32
375
9 Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
40
W
35
W
35
W
31
F
30
R16
30
R16
22
SF
15
R32
15
R16
15
R16
15
R16
15
SF
15
R16
14
SF
328
10 Sweden Simon Aspelin
Austria Julian Knowle
30
R16
27
SF
27
SF
27
SF
25
QF
25
QF
25
QF
25
QF
20
QF
18
SF
15
R32
12
QF
10
QF
8
QF
294

Points Distribution (Singles & Doubles)[edit]

Tournament category Total financial
commitment
W F SF QF R16 R32 R64 R128 Additional
qualifying points
Grand Slam $6,784,000 to $9,943,000 200 140 90 50 30 15 7 1 3
Tennis Masters Cup $4,450,000 150 if undefeated (20 for each round robin match win,
+40 for a semifinal win, +50 for winning finalist)
ATP Masters Series $2,450,000 to $3,450,000 100 70 45 25 15 7 1(4) (1) 3*
Olympic Games $0 80 56 413rd
314th
20 10 5 1 -
International Series Gold $1,000,000 60 42 27 15 5 3 1 2*
International Series Gold $800,000 50 35 22 12 5 3 1 2*
International Series $1,000,000 50 35 22 12 5 3 1 2*
International Series $800,000 45 31 20 11 4 2 1 2*
International Series $600,000 40 28 18 10 3(4) 1(2) (1) 1
International Series $400,000 35 24 15 8 3 1 1

(*) 1 point only if the Main Draw is larger than 32 (International Series) or 64 (Tennis Masters Series).[33]

Prize money leaders[edit]

As of 17 November 2008
1. Spain Rafael Nadal $6,773,773
2. Switzerland Roger Federer $5,886,879
3. Serbia Novak Djokovic $5,689,077
4. United Kingdom Andy Murray $3,705,648
5. Russia Nikolay Davydenko $2,317,082
6. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga $1,695,138
7. France Gilles Simon $1,425,489
8. United States Andy Roddick $1,337,888
9. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro $1,322,497
10. Spain David Ferrer $1,170,008

Retirements[edit]

Following is a list of notable players (winners of a main tour title, and/or part of the ATP Rankings top 100 (singles) or top 50 (doubles) for at least one week) who announced their retirement from professional tennis, became inactive (after not playing for more than 52 weeks), or were permanently banned from playing, during the 2008 season:

  •  SWE Jonas Björkman (born 23 March 1972 in Alvesta, Sweden) He turned professional in 1991 and became world no. 4 in singles and world no. 1 in doubles. He won three Australian Open doubles titles, two French Open doubles titles, three Wimbledon doubles titles, and one US Open doubles title, in addition to being a doubles finalist in six Grand Slam tournaments. He also won two doubles year-end championships. He retired from professional tennis after competing at the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Doubles championships.
  •  BRA Gustavo Kuerten (born September 10, 1976 in Florianópolis, Brazil) He turned professional in 1995. He reached the world no. 1 ranking, won the French Open three times (1997, 2000, and 2001), and was the Tennis Masters Cup champion in 2000. He played his last match against Paul-Henri Mathieu at the French Open.[34]
  •  ESP Félix Mantilla (September 23, 1974 in Barcelona, Spain) He turned professional in 1993 and reached a career-high ranking of world no. 10. He reached the semifinals of the French Open and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and earned 10 career titles. He played his last career match in July 2007 in Umag against Robin Haase.[35]

See also[edit]

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