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US Open 2007

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer© Getty ImagesSpaniard Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer have met in more finals than tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe.

ATP stats guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP circuit .

MOST FINAL MEETINGS IN OPEN ERA

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have met 13 times since their first match-up in 2004, including in 10 finals. The young rivalry is already among the game’s all-time greats and their four Grand Slam finals is third in the Open Era, only behind the five between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras and Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl. Here is a look at some of the great rivalries in the Open Era:

Rivalry Match-up

Finals Played

(Grand Slams)

Ivan Lendl vs. John McEnroe

20*

(3)

Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras

16

(5)

Boris Becker vs. Stefan Edberg

16

(3)

Jimmy Connors vs. John McEnroe

15

(2)

Boris Becker vs. Ivan Lendl

13

(3)

Bjorn Borg vs. Jimmy Connors

12

(4)

Bjorn Borg vs. Guillermo Vilas

10

(2)

Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal

10

(4)

Rod Laver vs. Ken Rosewall

10

(2)

Ilie Nastase vs. Manuel Orantes

10

(0)

Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe

9

(4)

Mats Wilander vs. Ivan Lendl

9

(5)

* One final not played due to weather





MOST ACES IN A TOURNAMENT

John Isner fired a non-Grand Slam tournament record 144 aces en route to his first ATP final in Washington, D.C. Isner’s mark is the most in a one week tournament since the ATP began keeping serving records in 1991. His aces total was the most in a tournament since Mark Philippoussis hit 178 aces at Wimbledon in 2003. He became the fourth different player to hit at least 144 aces in a tournament:

Player

No.

Tournament

Goran Ivanisevic

212

2001 Wimbledon

Goran Ivanisevic

202

1992 Wimbledon

Goran Ivanisevic

184

1998 Wimbledon

Mark Philippoussis

178

2003 Wimbledon

Goran Ivanisevic

167

1994 Wimbledon

Goran Ivanisevic

166

1995 Wimbledon

Pete Sampras

144

2002 US Open

John Isner

144

2007 Washington




MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AT NO. 1
(All-time on ATP & WTA Tours)

Roger Federer is the all-time leader with most consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the history of pro tennis. He surpassed Steffi Graf’s record of 186 straight weeks on Aug. 27. If Federer maintains his No. 1 ranking the next three months, he will reach the 200 weeks mark on Nov. 26, one week after the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Player

No.

Duration

Roger Federer

189

Feb. 2, 2004-current *

Steffi Graf

186

Aug. 17, 1987-Mar. 10, 1991

Jimmy Connors

160

July 29, 1974-Aug. 22, 1977

Ivan Lendl

157

Sept. 9, 1985-Sept. 11, 1988

Martina Navratilova

156

June 14, 1982-June 9, 1985

Chris Evert

140

Nov. 3, 1975-July 9, 1978

* as of Sept. 10


YOUNG ONES ON THE RISE

Of the six players aged 22 and under in the Top 20 South African Airways ATP rankings (as of Aug. 27), Novak Djokovic has made the biggest two-year jump, climbing from No. 83 in 2005 to a career-high No. 3 this season. 

Player

Age

2005 Rank

2007 Rank

Rank Jump

Career Titles

Novak Djokovic

20

83

3

+ 80

6

Andy Murray

20

65

19

+ 46

2

Marcos Baghdatis

22

56

18

+ 38

2

Tomas Berdych

21

25

9

+ 16

3

Richard Gasquet

21

16

13

+ 3

4

Rafael Nadal

21

2

2

Even

23



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