Tennis records of the Open Era – men's singles

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The Open Era of 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 every eligible athlete could play. Thus the division that had existed for many years between these two groups had finally ended, unifying the tennis world. 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.

All records are based on data from the ATP,[3] the ITF, and the official sites of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

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

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Career totals[edit]

Consecutive records[edit]

Consecutive per year totals

Per event career totals[edit]

3+ titles

5+ finals

Match wins

Match record

Per event consecutive records[edit]

Titles

Matches won

Sets won

Per court type career totals[edit]

Match wins

Match record

Career achievements[edit]

Won a title 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

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[4] as does counting the ITF results, yet more sources use the Vilas streak as the record.

Consecutive matches won on each court type

Titles won and finals reached across consecutive tournaments played

Consecutive wins in tournament finals and against top 10 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]

There have been two prominent men's tours during the Open Era, each with a year-end championship involving only its top players for that year.

(1970–present) Originally called the Masters Grand Prix and organised by the ILTF, the ATP World Tour Finals became the premier year-end tournament in 1990 when the ATP started running the fully consolidated men's tour. It has been held at numerous venues around the globe and played on several surfaces (indoor hard courts since 2006).

(1971–1989) The WCT Finals, as the season-ending championship for the World Championship Tennis tour, was held in Dallas, Texas and played on indoor carpet courts.

Overall totals[edit]

ATP totals[edit]

WCT totals[edit]

Masters tournaments[edit]

(1970–present)

This collection of 9 annual tournaments are the most important after the Grand Slams and the year-end championships. They have existed in two phases, first as the Super Series of ITF's Grand Prix tour. When the ATP took over the men's tour in 1990 they became the Super 9 and then the Masters; their official name is now the 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 both 2013–14 and 2014–15
  • Finals: 5 – Rafael Nadal in both 2011 and 2013
  • Titles in non-consecutive events: 5 – Novak Djokovic in both 2011 and 2014–15
  • Finals in non-consecutive events: 7 – Roger Federer in 2005–06 and Rafael Nadal in 2012–13

Single season totals[edit]

Olympic tournaments[edit]

Tennis became an official Olympic sport in 1988.

ATP rankings (since 1973)[edit]

The ATP computes weekly rankings used to determine tournament eligibility and seedings. At the end of each year they also become the official ATP season rankings.

Total Weeks as of May 18, 2015[6][7] with currently-ranked names in boldface

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.[8] 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.[9] Monetary inflation over time is not the only factor, as many tournaments have tremendously increased prize money this century; for example, the Australian Open winner received $916,000 in 2004 and $2,650,000 in 2014.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Instances of winning titles on 3 surfaces across consecutive tournaments played

# Player Years
5 United States Jimmy Connors 1972, 74 (2), 75, 76
3 United States John McEnroe 1981, 83, 84
Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 1985 (2), 89
1 Sweden Björn Borg 1979
Switzerland Roger Federer 2004
Spain Rafael Nadal 2008

Most aces hit in a match (since 1991)

Aces Player W/L Opponent Round Year Event Surface Sets
113[10] United States John Isner W France Nicolas Mahut 1R 2010 Wimbledon Grass 5
103[10] France Nicolas Mahut L United States John Isner 1R 2010 Wimbledon Grass 5
78[11] Croatia Ivo Karlović L Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek SF 2009 Davis Cup Clay 5
55[12] 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

Other

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Jon (15 June 2008). "Now I'd choose tennis". The Observer. 'Yes, "open" tennis has come at last and Bournemouth has been entrusted with the task of a world shaking launching,' said the programme notes for the 1968 Hard Court Championships of Great Britain, which brought an end to the sport's segregation of amateur and professional players. 
  2. ^ "Event Guide / History: Roland-Garros, a never-ending story". Roland Garros Official Website. IBM Corporation and Fédération Française de Tennis. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Another significant turning point came in 1968 when the French Internationals became the first Grand Slam tournament to join the "Open"" era. 
  3. ^ ATP statistics
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  9. ^ "CPI Inflation Calculator". Bureau of Labor Statistics. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  10. ^ a b "2013 Wimbledon Championships Website – Official Site by IBM". Wimbledon.org. 1998-09-21. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  11. ^ "Articles – Can the Czechs cash in on Davis Cup final?". Davis Cup. 2009-09-19. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  12. ^ "Hewitt Sizes Up Karlovic and Keeps His Distance". The New York Times. May 24, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  13. ^ Roger Federer. "Roger Federer hails 'perfect reaction' to Andy Murray London Olympics defeat with Cincinnati Masters triumph". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  14. ^ "Jarkko Nieminen breaks Greg Rusedski's fastest win record in Miami". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
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