38 tennis players have won at least one title in the 2018 season
A total of 38 tennis players have lifted a trophy in the ATP tournaments in 2018. In that large number, 23 won on hard court tournaments, 13 in clay court and 10 in grass. No player has managed to win at title in three surfaces, but a few have in two: Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev have lifted trophies on hard court and clay this year, Nikoloz Basilashvili did it on grass and hard court and Steve Johnson on grass and clay.
Nadal, with five titles, is the leader in this department. His two top rivals, Djokovic, who has recently recovered the No.1 world ranking of the ATP, and Roger Federer, have won four. With three titles we have Zverev, Fognini, Thiem and the Russians Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, one of the great revelations of the season. We still have to wait for the outcome of the last event of the year: the Nitto ATP finals.
In view of these stats, the king of clay could not be other than Nadal. On hard court there are four players who have won three titles (Djokovic, Federer, Medvedev and Khachanov) and on grass, 10 tournaments and 10 different winners.
Nadal’s five tournament victories took place at the time of his greatest physical splendour, between April and August: Monte Carlo, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Rome and Roland Garros on clay and Toronto on hard court.
Among the Spaniards, in addition to Nadal, we must not forget Roberto Bautista’s two titles (Dubai and Auckland), both on hard court, and Roberto Carballés (Quito) and Pablo Andújar (Marrakech) on clay. Nine titles in total.