Winning two slams in a year but not finishing the year as number one

clout

Hall of Fame
For the 3rd time in the last 4 years, a player wins multiple slams in the same season without finishing number one. Historically:

1973: Newcombe won the AO and USO; Nastase won RG and finished number one

1977: Vilas won RG and USO; Connors won no slams but finished number one

1978: Borg won RG and WI; Connors won USO and finished number one

1982: Connors won WI and USO; McEnroe won no slams but finished number one

1989: Becker won WI and USO; Lendl won AO and finished number one

2016: Djokovic won AO and RG; Murray won WI and finished number one

2017: Federer won AO and WI; Nadal won RG and USO and finished number one

2019: Djokovic won AO and WI; Nadal won RG and USO and finished number one

In the first 10 years of the ranking system, this occurrence happened four times, but from 1983-2015, this only happened once in 1989. However, since 2016, it’s happened three times.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
For the 3rd time in the last 4 years, a player wins multiple slams in the same season without finishing number one. Historically:

1973: Newcombe won the AO and USO; Nastase won RG and finished number one

1977: Vilas won RG and USO; Connors won no slams but finished number one

1978: Borg won RG and WI; Connors won USO and finished number one

1982: Connors won WI and USO; McEnroe won no slams but finished number one

1989: Becker won WI and USO; Lendl won AO and finished number one

2016: Djokovic won AO and RG; Murray won WI and finished number one

2017: Federer won AO and WI; Nadal won RG and USO and finished number one

2019: Djokovic won AO and WI; Nadal won RG and USO and finished number one

In the first 10 years of the ranking system, this occurrence happened four times, but from 1983-2015, this only happened once in 1989. However, since 2016, it’s happened three times.
And your point is?
 

clout

Hall of Fame
1977, 1978, 1982 and 1989 are the worst, the other should have finished number 1.
Yea all of them besides the last 3 were bad. Murray had a better season than Djokovic in 2016 from start to finish and the same can be said for Nadal against Federer and Djokovic in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The other ones from decades ago were highway robbery
 
Happened to Djokovic twice already, but to be fair he also ended as YE#1 with 1 slam twice. Nadal's YE#1 seasons are exactly the seasons when he won more than 1 slam, I already mentioned it here.
 
How is 1989 "the worst"? The ranking system was well-built by then, no more irregularities that plagued it before circa 1984. Lendl was only one match worse than Becker in slams, i.e. they had similar consistency (W+F+SF+4R vs W+W+SF+4R), but he was much better otherwise, 9 non-slam titles to Becker's 3.
 
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