As 2018 draws to a close, a new man has arrived on the scene, beaten the best players in the world and won the biggest title of his life. His name is Karen Khachanov.
In a Tennis Podcast to review the Paris Masters, the team analyse the performance of the big Russian, break down how he ended the 22-match winning run of Novak Djokovic in the final, and wonder what he could do next. Might he win a Grand Slam title before Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas?
An encouraging week for Roger Federer is also discussed. The 20-time Grand Slam champion seemed to find top form in Paris, but did he choke at the crucial moment in the semi-final? Elsewhere, what does a rare defeat mean for Djokovic? Does it make him less of a favourite to win the ATP Finals?
The 2018 WTA season ended with Ashleigh Barty winning the Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. Next year, that event will take place before the WTA Finals. Will that help to increase its importance?
Finally, presenters Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video, Eurosport) and David Law (BT Sport, BBC 5 Live) preview the Next Gen Finals and ATP Finals, and lament the lack of top Americans taking part in this weekend’s Fed Cup Final.
The Tennis Podcast is uploaded weekly throughout the year and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments. It is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.