The three greatest seasons by a player in tennis history

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns against France’s Gilles Simon during their men’s singles game on day seven of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK– IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE / AFP / PAUL CROCK (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP via Getty Images)

3. Novak Djokovic – 2015

This was easily one of the best seasons in recent memory. Djokovic finished with an 82-6 record and 11 titles, which included 3 major championships, 6 Masters 1000 Series wins, and the ATP Finals victory. He reached the finals in every tournament he entered that year except one (a quarterfinal loss in Qatar). He also defeated every other player in the top ten during this season, the only player in history to accomplish such a feat.

Djokovic’s pure dominance over his opponents was clearly shown, and his quality of wins is why he makes this list. A large comparison that’s drawn to this season is Roger Federer’s 2006 run, where he finished with a 92-5 record and won 12 titles. The reason why Djokovic’s season trumps Federer’s is because of the quality of tournament wins that the Serbian had over Federer.

If you factor in only Grand Slam tournaments, Masters 1000 Series’, and the ATP Finals, then Federer’s list goes down to 8, whereas Djokovic’s only goes down to 10. They both collected 3 Grand Slams, but where Djokovic stands out is his 6 Masters 1000 Series wins to Federer’s 4. Federer also didn’t capture a tournament victory on clay; Djokovic won twice in Monte Carlo and Rome.

This wasn’t the most statistically great seasons in tennis history, but it was arguably the most dominant. It’s locked at third on the list but won’t get higher than that.

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