Tennis records of the Open Era – men's singles

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The Open Era in tennis began in April 1968, when the Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to compete with amateurs. A professional tennis tour was created for the entire year, where everyone could compete in. This meant that the division that had existed for many years between these two groups had finally come to an end, which made the tennis world into one unified competition. The first event to go "open" started on April 22, 1968 at The West Hants Club in Bournemouth, England,[1] while the first Grand Slam tournament to do so was the 1968 French Open (Roland Garros)[2] starting May 27. Records and titles from before this date are difficult to compare with those of the Open Era, since many of the best players were not allowed to participate in the respective tournaments.

For a complete list of all time records (1877–present) see the article Tennis records of All Time - Men's Singles.

These are some of the important records since the start of the Open Era.

All statistics are based on the data at the ATP World Tour website.[3][4]

The names of active players appear in boldface for their career totals and currently active streaks.

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Career totals[edit]

Consecutive totals[edit]

Consecutive per year totals

Per event career totals[edit]

3+ titles

5+ finals

Match wins

Match record

Consecutive titles

Consecutive matches won

Consecutive sets won

Per court type career totals[edit]

Match wins

Match record

Career achievements[edit]

Winning a tournament without losing a set

# Player Event
3 Sweden Björn Borg 1976 Wimbledon, 1978 French Open, 1980 French Open
2 Spain Rafael Nadal 2008 French Open, 2010 French Open
1 Australia Ken Rosewall 1971 Australian Open
Romania Ilie Năstase 1973 French Open
Switzerland Roger Federer 2007 Australian Open

Calendar year achievements[edit]

All 4 quarterfinals Year
Australia Rod Laver 1969
Australia Tony Roche
Australia John Newcombe
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl 1983
United States John McEnroe 1985
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl (2) 1987
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl (3) 1988
Sweden Mats Wilander
Sweden Stefan Edberg 1991
United States Pete Sampras 1993
United States Andre Agassi 1995
United States Andre Agassi (2) 2001
All 4 quarterfinals Year
Switzerland Roger Federer 2005
Switzerland Roger Federer (2) 2006
Switzerland Roger Federer (3) 2007
Switzerland Roger Federer (4) 2008
Spain Rafael Nadal
Switzerland Roger Federer (5) 2009
Switzerland Roger Federer (6) 2010
Spain Rafael Nadal (2)
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Switzerland Roger Federer (7) 2011
Spain Rafael Nadal (3)
Serbia Novak Djokovic (2)
United Kingdom Andy Murray
All 4 quarterfinals Year
Switzerland Roger Federer (8) 2012
Serbia Novak Djokovic (3)
United Kingdom Andy Murray (2)
Spain David Ferrer
Serbia Novak Djokovic (4) 2013
Spain David Ferrer (2)
Serbia Novak Djokovic (5) 2014
United Kingdom Andy Murray (3)

All tournaments[edit]

Career totals[edit]

Titles, finals, semifinals[edit]

Matches played, won, win rate[edit]

Playing top 10 ranked opponents[edit]

Per court type career totals[edit]

Titles

Matches won

Match win rate

Hard % * W–L
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 83.05 627–128
2. Serbia Novak Djokovic 82.95 399–82
3. United States Jimmy Connors 82.88 547–113
4. Czechoslovakia/United States Ivan Lendl 82.60 394–83
5. United States John McEnroe 81.11 292–68
6. United States Pete Sampras 80.41 427–104
7. United States Andre Agassi 79.00 598–159
8. Sweden Stefan Edberg 78.60 382–104
9. United Kingdom Andy Murray 77.73 342–98
10. Spain Rafael Nadal 77.65 337–97
* minimum 250 wins
Clay % * W–L
1. Spain Rafael Nadal 92.79 322–25
2. Sweden Björn Borg 86.32 246–39
3. Czechoslovakia/United States Ivan Lendl 81.44 329–75
4. Australia Ken Rosewall 79.85 107–27
5. Argentina Guillermo Vilas 79.80 644–163
6. Serbia Novak Djokovic 78.26 144–40
7. United States Jimmy Connors 77.65 198–57
8. Argentina José Luis Clerc 77.38 301–88
9. Romania Ilie Năstase 77.28 330–97
10. Spain Manuel Orantes 76.89 489–147
* minimum 100 wins
Grass % * W–L
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 87.33 131–19
2. United States John McEnroe 85.61 119–20
3. Sweden Björn Borg 84.72 61–11
4. United States Pete Sampras 83.47 101–20
5. United States Jimmy Connors 83.33 170–34
6. Australia Rod Laver 83.14 148–30
7. United Kingdom Andy Murray 82.98 78–16
8. Germany Boris Becker 82.27 116–25
9. Australia Ken Rosewall 80.49 194–47
10. Serbia Novak Djokovic 80.00 60–15
* minimum 50 wins
Carpet % * W–L
1. United States John McEnroe 84.39 346–64
2. Czechoslovakia/United States Ivan Lendl 82.66 267–56
3. Sweden Björn Borg 82.63 176–37
4. United States Jimmy Connors 82.04 338–74
5. Germany Boris Becker 80.12 258–64
6. United States Arthur Ashe 79.60 230–61
7. Australia Rod Laver 76.64 128–39
8. United States Pete Sampras 76.60 144–44
9. Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 73.66 165–59
10. Switzerland Roger Federer 72.46 50–19
* minimum 50 wins (not used since 2009)

Win streaks[edit]

† Note: Sources are not in agreement as to the length of Borg's winning streaks. News articles of the time in question clearly tell of the Borg streaks[5] as does counting the ITF results, yet more sources use the Vilas streak as the record.

Consecutive wins on each type of court

Titles won and finals reached across consecutive tournaments played

Consecutive wins in tournament finals and against top 10 ranked opponents

Individual tournament totals[edit]

Note: Grand Slams are in boldface

Single season records[edit]

Per year cumulative records[edit]

Note: M/Y is average number of matches per year during the streak

Year-end championships[edit]

(1970–present)

  • The best players of all participants on the world tour, within a season, would qualify for the year-end tournament.
  • The world tour event began in 1970 and was originally known as the Masters Grand Prix as part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit. It was organised by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF).
  • In 1990, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) took over the running of the men's tour and replaced the Masters with the ATP Tour World Championship. Between 2000 and 2008, the event was called the Tennis Masters Cup and was endorsed by ITF, ATP and the Grand Slam tournaments (as a result of merging the ATP Tour World Championship with the Grand Slam Cup). In 2009 the Championship was renamed the ATP World Tour Finals.
  • Currently, the tournament is organized at the O2 Arena in London, under efficient lighting conditions of play, on blue, medium fast, low bouncing, hard courts.

(1971–1989)

  • The best players of the season, from a reduced pool of professionals under contract for the WCT circuit, would qualify for the circuit finals.
  • The WCT Finals, as the season-ending championship for the World Championship Tennis circuit, was held annually in Dallas, Texas, and played on indoor carpet courts. The 1971 quarterfinals and semifinals were played in Houston, and final played at Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The 1972–1979 editions were played at Moody Coliseum, and the 1980–1989 tournaments at Reunion Arena in Dallas. The WCT, in 1974, was the first tennis tournament to experiment with electronic line calling.

Overall totals[edit]

Titles # Years
1. United States John McEnroe 8 1978, 1979 (WCT), 1981 (WCT), 1983, 1983 (WCT), 1984, 1984 (WCT), 1989 (WCT)
2. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 7 1981, 1982, 1982 (WCT), 1985, 1985 (WCT), 1986, 1987
3. Switzerland Roger Federer 6 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
4. United States Pete Sampras 5 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999
5. Romania Ilie Năstase 4 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
Germany Boris Becker 1988, 1988 (WCT), 1992, 1995
Serbia Novak Djokovic 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
8. Sweden Björn Borg 3 1976 (WCT), 1979, 1980
United States Jimmy Connors 1977, 1977 (WCT), 1980 (WCT)
10. Australia Ken Rosewall 2 1971 (WCT), 1972 (WCT)
Australia Lleyton Hewitt 2001, 2002
Finals #
1. United States John McEnroe 12
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
3. Switzerland Roger Federer 9
4. Germany Boris Becker 8
Sweden Björn Borg
6. United States Pete Sampras 6
7. Romania Ilie Năstase 5
8. United States Jimmy Connors 4
United States Andre Agassi
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Semifinals #
1. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 17
2. United States John McEnroe 13
3. United States Jimmy Connors 12
Switzerland Roger Federer
5. United States Pete Sampras 10
6. Sweden Björn Borg 9
Germany Boris Becker
8. United States Andre Agassi 6
9. Romania Ilie Năstase 5
Sweden Stefan Edberg
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Appearances #
1. United States John McEnroe 18
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl *
3. United States Jimmy Connors 16
4. United States Andre Agassi 14
5. Switzerland Roger Federer * 13
6. Germany Boris Becker 11
United States Pete Sampras *
8. Sweden Björn Borg 10
9. Sweden Stefan Edberg 9
10. Argentina Guillermo Vilas 8
Serbia Novak Djokovic *
* all consecutive

ATP totals[edit]

WCT totals[edit]

Masters tournaments[edit]

(1970–present)

After the Grand Slams there are nine yearly tournaments that are most important. They have existed under different names. From 1970 until 1993 they were called the Grand Prix Super Series. Then until 1999 they were called the Mercedes-Benz Super 9. The name Tennis Masters started in 2000: until 2004 the Tennis Masters Series, from 2005 until 2008 the ATP Masters Series, and since then they have been held under the name ATP World Tour Masters 1000.

Career totals[edit]

Titles per court type

Achievements per the 9 annual tournaments

Consecutive totals

  • Titles: 4 – Rafael Nadal in 2013 and Novak Djokovic in 2013–14
  • Finals: 5 – Rafael Nadal in both 2011 and 2013
  • Titles in non-consecutive events: 5 – Novak Djokovic in 2011
  • Finals in non-consecutive events: 7 – Roger Federer in 2005–06 and Rafael Nadal in 2012–13

Single season totals[edit]

Olympic tournaments[edit]

(1988–present)

Tennis Rankings[edit]

ATP rankings (since 1973)[edit]

Total Weeks as of February 23, 2015[7][8] with currently-ranked names in boldface

No. 1 #
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 302
2. United States Pete Sampras 286
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 270
4. United States Jimmy Connors 268
5. United States John McEnroe 170
6. Spain Rafael Nadal 141
7. Serbia Novak Djokovic 135
8. Sweden Björn Borg 109
9. United States Andre Agassi 101
10. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 80
Cons. No. 1 #
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 237
2. United States Jimmy Connors 160
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 157
4. United States Pete Sampras 102
5. United States Jimmy Connors 84
6. United States Pete Sampras 82
7. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 80
8. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 75
9. United States John McEnroe 58
10. Spain Rafael Nadal 56
Top 2 #
1. Switzerland Roger Federer 438
2. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 409
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 403
4. United States Pete Sampras 376
5. United States Jimmy Connors 356
Top 3 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 595
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 550
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 499
4. United States Pete Sampras 457
5. Spain Rafael Nadal 455
Top 10 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 817
2. United States Andre Agassi 747
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 664
4. Switzerland Roger Federer 656
5. United States Pete Sampras 586
Cons. top 10 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 788
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 646
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 612
4. United States Pete Sampras 565
5. Spain Rafael Nadal 514

Year-end totals through 2014

Other ranking achievements Player Record
Earliest to clinch year-end No. 1 Switzerland Roger Federer September 2004
Switzerland Roger Federer September 2006
Spain Rafael Nadal September 2010
Youngest No. 1 player Australia Lleyton Hewitt 20y 9m (2001)
Youngest player to end a year in the top 10 United States Michael Chang 17y 9m (1989)
Youngest player to end a year in the top 100 United States Aaron Krickstein 16y 4m (1983)
Oldest No. 1 player United States Andre Agassi 33y 4m (2003)
Oldest player to end a year in the top 10 Australia Ken Rosewall 41y 1m (1975)
Oldest player to end a year in the top 100 Australia Ken Rosewall 44y 1m (1978)

Prize money leaders[edit]

Career earning as of November 17, 2014.[9] A column with the inflation adjustment is included to have an idea of the real magnitude of prizes at different times. The retirement year of players is used to perform the adjustment. This is still not an accurate representation of career earnings, as earnings won early in a player's career would not take inflation into account until they retire.[10] Monetary inflation over time is not the only factor, many tournaments have tremendously increased prize money in the last decade; for example when Roger Federer won his first Australian Open in 2004 he earned $916,000 and by 2014 the winner received $2,650,000.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Most aces hit in a match (since 1991)

Aces Player W/L Opponent Round Year Event Surface Sets
113[11] United States John Isner W France Nicolas Mahut 1R 2010 Wimbledon Grass 5
103[11] France Nicolas Mahut L United States John Isner 1R 2010 Wimbledon Grass 5
78[12] Croatia Ivo Karlović L Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek SF 2009 Davis Cup Clay 5
55[13] Croatia Ivo Karlović L Australia Lleyton Hewitt 1R 2009 Roland Garros Clay 5
51 Sweden Joachim Johansson L United States Andre Agassi 4R 2005 Australian Open Hard 4
Croatia Ivo Karlović L Italy Daniele Bracciali 1R 2005 Wimbledon Grass 5
50 Switzerland Roger Federer W United States Andy Roddick F 2009 Wimbledon Grass 5
49 Netherlands Richard Krajicek L Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov QF 1999 US Open Hard 5
48 Switzerland Marc Rosset L France Arnaud Clément QF 2001 Davis Cup Carpet 5
Croatia Ivo Karlović L Croatia Ivan Dodig 1R 2011 Australian Open Hard 5
Spain Nicolás Almagro W Belgium Olivier Rochus 1R 2012 Wimbledon Grass 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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