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Rafael NadalGetty ImagesRafael Nadal heads into the US Open as the No. 1 seed at a Slam for the first time.

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

HOW NO. 1 PERFORMS IN FIRST GRAND SLAM

In the last 20 years, only one player entering his first Grand Slam tournament as World No. 1 has captured the title. Rafael Nadal is the first new No. 1 to enter the US Open since Stefan Edberg in 1990. Here's a look at how new No. 1 ranked players have performed in their first Grand Slam tournament:

 

Became No. 1

First G.S. at No. 1 - Result

Rafael Nadal

Aug. 18, 2008

2008 US Open - ???

Roger Federer

Feb. 2, 2004

2004 Roland Garros - 3rd RD

Andy Roddick

Nov. 3, 2003

2004 Australian Open - QF

Lleyton Hewitt

Nov. 19, 2001

2002 Australian Open - 1st RD

Gustavo Kuerten

Dec. 4, 2000

2001 Australian Open - 2nd RD

Yevgeny Kafelnikov

May 3, 1999

1999 Roland Garros - 2nd RD

Andre Agassi

Apr. 10, 1995

1995 Roland Garros - QF

Pete Sampras

Apr. 12, 1993

1993 Roland Garros - QF

Jim Courier

Feb. 10, 1992

1992 Roland GarrosChampion

Stefan Edberg

Aug. 13, 1990

1990 US Open - 1st RD

Mats Wilander

Sept. 12, 1988

1989 Australian Open - 2nd RD


MOST GRAND SLAM TITLES BEFORE BECOMING NO. 1

Rafael Nadal won five Grand Slam titles before becoming World No. 1. Here's a look at the players who won the most Grand Slam titles before achieving the No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking (and how they fared after reaching No. 1 since 1973-present):

 

Grand Slam Titles Before No. 1

Grand Slam Titles After No. 1

Mats Wilander

7

0

Rafael Nadal

5

???

Boris Becker

5

1

Stefan Edberg

4

2

Bjorn Borg

4

7

Andre Agassi

3

5

Roger Federer

2

10

Jimmy Connors

2

6

Jim Courier

2

2

Yevgeny Kafelnikov

2

0

Gustavo Kuerten

2

1

John Newcombe

2

1

Patrick Rafter

2

0

 

TEENAGE TITLE WINNERS IN A SEASON

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro is the 12th different teenager to win at least four ATP titles in a season and 10 of the previous 11 reached No. 1 in his career:

 

Titles as Teenager

Year

Career-High ATP Ranking

Rafael Nadal

11

2005

No. 1

Mats Wilander

9

1983

No. 1

Bjorn Borg

7

1974

No. 1

Andre Agassi

6

1988

No. 1

Boris Becker

6

1986

No. 1

John McEnroe

5

1978

No. 1

Bjorn Borg

5

1975

No. 1

Jimmy Connors

5

1972

No. 1

Juan Martin del Potro

4

2008

No. 17 (as of Aug. 18)

Rafael Nadal

4

2006

No. 1

Lleyton Hewitt

4

2000

No. 1

Pete Sampras

4

1990

No. 1

Stefan Edberg

4

1985

No. 1

Jimmy Arias

4

1983

No. 5

Mats Wilander

4

1982

No. 1

Bjorn Borg

4

1976

No. 1

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