Most Improved Player Of The Year Nominees(by ATP staff)
This year's nominees are (Year-end 2012 Ranking and 14 October 2013 Ranking):
Pablo Carreno Busta (715-66)
Ivan Dodig (73-29)
Fabio Fognini (45-17)
Stanislas Wawrinka (17-9)
Ivan Dodig will finish his season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after qualifying with partner Marcelo Melo, but his success has extended beyond the team game, with a banner year on the singles court. "I did great in doubles reaching the final in Wimbledon and I'm looking forward to the Masters in London," he said. "I had great results in singles. Doubles also helped improve my singles game."
From a year-end Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 73, the 28-year-old Croat climbed to a career-high No. 29. He reached the third round of a major for the first time at the Australian Open, and one-bettered that at Wimbledon. He also reached the semi-finals on all three surfaces: on clay at the BMW Open, on grass as the Aegon International and on hard courts at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, which included an upset win over World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Dodig, who aspires to stay inside the Top 50 in 2014, attributed his accomplishments this season to consistency and a strong support team. "At this high level tennis, especially these top guys, you can see they're playing very consistent during the whole year. I think I did it much better this year than in the years before," said Dodig, the 2011 PBZ Zagreb Indoors champion. "At the same time, for this, you need to have a real good team... I have to thank them a lot for my big progress and big improvements in the rankings and my tennis.
"When I saw that I'm nominated, I was really happy because this is something special to every player to see himself in the nominations. For me it's most important that I had a great season and I was really playing some good, stable tennis during the whole year."