Open Era tennis records – men's singles

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The Open Era is the current era of professional tennis. It began in 1968 when the Grand Slam tournaments allowed professional players to compete with amateurs, ending the division that had persisted since the dawn of the sport in the 19th century. The first "open" event was the British Hard Court Championships, held in Bournemouth, England,[1] followed by the inaugural open Grand Slam event, the French Open, a month later.[2]

Note the following:

  • Unless otherwise sourced, all records are based on data from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP),[3] the International Tennis Federation (ITF),[4] and the official websites of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
  • All rankings-related records are based on ATP Rankings, which began in 1973.
  • The names of active players appear in boldface for their career totals, currently active streaks, and in-progress season totals.

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Career totals[edit]

Consecutive records[edit]

These streaks span consecutive events unless noted.

Consecutive per year totals

Per event career totals[edit]

3+ titles

5+ finals

Match wins

Match record (minimum 20 wins)

Per event consecutive records[edit]

Titles

Matches won

Sets won

Per court type career totals[edit]

Match wins

Match record (minimum 20 wins)

Career achievements[edit]

Note that Agassi and Nadal both won an Olympic singles gold medal prior to completing their Career Grand Slams. Some consider this combination a "Career Golden Slam".

# Won the tournament without losing a set
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)
Serbia Novak Djokovic (6) 2015
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka
United Kingdom Andy Murray (4) 2016

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: Borg withdrew prior to a scheduled match in the midst of both streaks,[8][9] which the ITF does not consider as ending the streak. Likewise, a 1980 news article considered them valid streaks.[10]

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 that Grand Slams are in boldface, and ties are sorted chronologically.

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 three prominent year-end championships during the Open Era, each involving only top performers for the given year.

(1970–present) This is a combination of the year-end championship for two separate tours: the ITF Grand Prix that ran until 1989, and the ATP Tour that replaced it. For record-keeping purposes, the ATP has incorporated the entire history of the ITF Masters Grand Prix alongside its ATP World Tour Finals; thus they are both listed as "ATP" here. In total, these year-end events have been held at numerous venues around the globe and played on several surfaces (indoor hard courts since 2006).

(1971–89) 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.

(1990–99) The Grand Slam Cup (GSC) was an ITF event for the top performers in the year's Grand Slam events. It was held in Munich, Germany and played on indoor carpet courts.

Note that WCT and GSC events are specifically indicated in the Overall titles table.

Overall totals[edit]

ATP totals[edit]

WCT totals[edit]

Masters tournaments[edit]

(1970–present)

These are a collection of 9 annual tournaments[14] that 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 Tour began 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 event slots[14]

Consecutive records[edit]

These streaks span consecutive events.

Single season records[edit]

Olympic tournaments[edit]

Tennis became an official Olympic sport in 1988, so there have been eight events in the Open Era. Andy Murray has won two titles,[15] while Fernando González and Juan Martín del Potro, with one silver and bronze medal each, are the only other players to have won more than one singles medal.

ATP Rankings achievements[edit]

Main article: ATP Rankings

ATP Rankings began in August 1973. These weekly rankings determine tournament eligibility and seedings. At the end of each year they also become the official ATP season rankings.

Total weeks as of 24 April 2017 with currently-ranked players in boldface[16]

Top 4 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 669
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 658
3. Serbia Novak Djokovic 513
4. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 510
Spain Rafael Nadal
Cons. top 4 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 651
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 522
3. Serbia Novak Djokovic 512
4. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 501
5. United States Pete Sampras 403
Top 5 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 705
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 685
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 574
4. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 524
5. Serbia Novak Djokovic 518
Cons. top 5 #
1. United States Jimmy Connors 658
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 548
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 524
4. Spain Rafael Nadal 522
5. Serbia Novak Djokovic 516

Year-end totals through 2016

Other 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
Serbia Novak Djokovic September 2015
Youngest No. 1 Australia Lleyton Hewitt 20y 9m (2001)
Youngest year-end top 10 United States Michael Chang 17y 9m (1989)
Youngest year-end top 100 United States Aaron Krickstein 16y 4m (1983)
Oldest No. 1 United States Andre Agassi 33y 4m (2003)
Oldest year-end top 10 Australia Ken Rosewall 41y 1m (1975)
Oldest year-end top 100 Australia Ken Rosewall 44y 1m (1978)

Prize money[edit]

Note the following:

  • Prize money has increased throughout the era, in some cases greatly in a short time span. For example, the Australian Open winner received $916,000 in 2004 and $2,800,000 in 2017.
  • Career totals include doubles prize money, which is negligible for all of the listed players.
Career Prize money Ending
1. Serbia Novak Djokovic $108,218,048 2017
2. Switzerland Roger Federer $103,990,195 2017
3. Spain Rafael Nadal $81,815,522 2017
4. United Kingdom Andy Murray $59,613,739 2017
5. United States Pete Sampras $43,280,489 2002
6. United States Andre Agassi $31,152,975 2006
7. Spain David Ferrer $29,885,457 2017
8. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka $29,184,010 2017
9. Czechoslovakia Tomáš Berdych $26,964,409 2017
10. Germany Boris Becker $25,080,956 1999
Single season Prize money Year
1. Serbia Novak Djokovic $21,146,145 2015
2. United Kingdom Andy Murray $16,349,701 2016
3. Spain Rafael Nadal $14,570,935 2013
4. Serbia Novak Djokovic $14,250,527 2014
5. Serbia Novak Djokovic $14,130,464 2016
6. Serbia Novak Djokovic $12,803,737 2012
7. Serbia Novak Djokovic $12,619,803 2011
8. Serbia Novak Djokovic $12,447,947 2013
9. Spain Rafael Nadal $10,171,998 2010
10. Switzerland Roger Federer $10,130,620 2007

Miscellaneous[edit]

Youngest and oldest title winners

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[17]

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 4 July 2008. 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
  4. ^ ITF website
  5. ^ "Borg still seeking US Open title". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h listed at Rod Laver career statistics
  7. ^ a b listed at Ken Rosewall career statistics
  8. ^ "Bjorn Borg ATP player activity 1978". 
  9. ^ "Bjorn Borg ATP player activity 1979". 
  10. ^ "Vilas snaps Borg's 49 match win streak at Nations Cup" (PDF). Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "1969: Rod Laver wins his second Grand Slam". Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Douglas, Perry. "Can Roger Federer top the great major-free seasons of Andre Agassi and Rod Laver?". www.oregonlive.com. Oregonian Media Group. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Barcays ATP World Tour Finals – Historical Stats". ATP Tour. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c refer to Tennis Masters Series records and statistics for a complete list of Masters events and champions
  15. ^ Clarey, Christopher (14 August 2016). "Andy Murray's Big Year Now Has Olympic Gold". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "ATP World Tour – Singles Rankings". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "ATP World Tour - Rafael Nadal 2008 Activity". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Career aces on all surfaces from all countries". www.atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). 
  19. ^ "Jarkko Nieminen breaks Greg Rusedski's fastest win record in Miami". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  20. ^ <http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Groth-flashe-a-263-km-h/283347>
  21. ^ Roger Federer. "Roger Federer hails 'perfect reaction' to Andy Murray London Olympics defeat with Cincinnati Masters triumph". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  22. ^ "Federer wins 7th Cincinnati title; Djokovic denied again". tennis.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015.