Contrary to what this photo shows, it was the year of Nadal, as he won three of the four grandslams. Just five male players reached at least the third round of all four grand slams: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Albert Montañés. Only Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic reached the fourth round at all four major, but all three also reached all four quarterfinals. The year began well for Federer as he won the Australian Open, but the French challenger won all the other three as the year progressed: French Open, Wimbledon & US Open. By winning the 2010 French Open, Rafael Nadal became the first man to qualify for the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, as well as becoming the first man to complete 'the Clay Slam', by winning all 3 Masters 1000 titles (Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid), as well as the French Open, in the same calendar year. By successfully defending his title in Monte Carlo, Nadal became the first player in the open era to win six back to back titles at a single tournament. ***
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates as he holds the trophy after beating Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, to win the singles final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.