Starting the season ranked 45th, the 34-year-old Stan Wawrinka returned where he belongs and finished in the top-20 for the eighth time in the last nine years! The Swiss delivered a rock-solid season that saw him competing for the ATP title in Rotterdam and Antwerp, losing those to Gael Monfils and Andy Murray but doing enough to become year-end no.
16 only year and a half after dropping out from the top-250 for the first time in 15 years. Stan had to finish the 2017 season already at Wimbledon, suffering a nasty knee injury that required two surgeries. The Swiss couldn't find his best tennis in 2018, struggling to find the form and excel his game to the level he had before.
As always, the three-time Major champion wanted to show his A-game at the biggest tennis scene and that was the case in the season behind us, reaching the quarter-final at Roland Garros after one of the best matches of the year against Stefanos Tsitsipas and again at the US Open, cracking the top-20 and making a complete comeback after one of the darkest periods of his career.
Stan will not play at the ATP Cup, choosing Doha as his first stop in the new season and training in Monte Carlo with another top-20 returner Grigor Dimitrov before heading to Qatar. The Bulgarian is another player who will finish in the top-20 after many ups and downs recently, winning the title at the ATP Finals in 2017 but failing to claim the top-20 triumph between Monte Carlo 2018 and Roland Garros 2019, dropping out from the top-70 for the first time since 2012.
Dealing with a shoulder injury and the lack of form, Grigor experienced some terrible losses like the one against world no. 405 Kevin King in Atlanta before making a sensational comeback at the US Open, beating Roger Federer and advancing into the first semi-final at Majors since the Australian Open 2017.
Finishing the season with the semi-final at Paris Masters, Grigor did enough to find himself in the top-20 for the fifth time in the last six years, working hard on preparations for the new season that starts at the ATP Cup, serving as Bulgaria's captain and leading player.