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Djokovic, Melbourne, January 2012© AFP/Getty ImagesWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic won three major titles last year. How will he fare in 2012?

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories of the ATP World Tour.

Most Singles Matches Played (active players)
Roger Federer is four matches away from becoming the first active player with 1,000 matches played in his career. Here are the Top 10 players on the ATP World Tour with the most matches played:

Player No. of Matches W-L Record
1) Roger Federer (SUI) 996 810-186
2) Andy Roddick (USA) 786 589-197
3) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 756 551-205
4) Tommy Haas (GER) 737 470-267
5) Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 724 474-250
6) Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) 716 426-290
7) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 705 430-275
8) Tommy Robredo (ESP) 680 417-263
9) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 661 544-117
10) David Ferrer (ESP) 643 412-231

Note: Jimmy Connors has played the most matches (1,519) in the Open Era


The Season After...

All eyes will be on Novak Djokovic in 2012 to see how he follows up on his historic 2011 season. The chart below details how players fared following years in which they won three or more majors in the one season, showing the number of Grand Slam titles won and overall match record in the next year.

Year-Player Grand Slam Titles W-L Next Year
1969- Rod Laver (AUS) 4 N/A 0, N/A
1974-Jimmy Connors (USA) 3 93-4 0, 78-7
1988-Mats Wilander (SWE) 3 53-11 0, 34-18
2004-Roger Federer (SUI) 3 74-6 2, 81-4
2006-Roger Federer (SUI) 3 92-5 3, 68-9
2007-Roger Federer (SUI) 3 68-9 1, 66-15
2010-Rafael Nadal (ESP) 3 71-10 1, 69-15
2011-Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3 70-6 ???


Most Consecutive Finals Won
Andy Murray opened the season by winning his sixth consecutive ATP World Tour final since a runner-up effort at the Australian Open last year. Roger Federer is the all-time leader with 24 consecutive finals won from 2003-05. Here are the players with six or more final wins in a row:

Player No. Years
1) Roger Federer (SUI) 24 2003-05
2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 14 2005-06
3) Roger Federer (SUI) 10 2006-07
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 10 2001-02
5) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9 2011 (current)
6) Andy Roddick (USA) 8 2003-04
7) Tommy Haas (GER) 7 2004-09 (current)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7 2010
9) Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 6 2006-08, 2009-10
Andy Murray (GBR) 6 2010-11 (current)
David Nalbandian (ARG) 6 2005-08


Most Consecutive Years With Grand Slam Title
Rafael Nadal enters the 2012 season having won at least one Grand Slam title for seven consecutive years. Last year Federer's streak of eight years in a row with a Slam crown came to an end. Here are the Open Era leaders:

Player No. Years
1) Bjorn Borg (SWE) 8 1974-81
Roger Federer (SUI) 8 2003-10
Pete Sampras (USA) 8 1993-2000
4) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7 2005-11
5) Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA) 4 1984-87
Mats Wilander (SWE) 4 1982-85
7) Jim Courier (USA) 3 1991-93
Stefan Edberg (SWE) 3 1990-92
John McEnroe (USA) 3 1979-81
Ken Rosewall (AUS) 3 1970-72
Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 3 1977-79


- With special assistance from Pablo Juarez

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