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Roger Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer, a finalist at the summer's two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, will be looking to reach his seventh consecutive US Open final.

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

FEDERER EYES SEVENTH STRAIGHT FINAL

Five-time US OPEN champion Roger Federer attempts to reach his seventh consecutive final at Flushing Meadows and become the second player in the Open Era to accomplish the feat. Ivan Lendl advanced to eight straight US OPEN finals from 1982-89. Both players began with an 8-3 mark in their first three appearances. Here is a look at their final runs:

Lendl   Federer
1982 Runner-up
(l. to Connors)
2004 Champion
(d. Hewitt)
1983 Runner-up
(l. to Connors)
2005 Champion
(d. Agassi)
1984 Runner-up
(l. to McEnroe)
2006 Champion
(d. Roddick)
1985 Champion
(d. McEnroe)
2007 Champion
(d. Djokovic)
1986 Champion
(d. Mecir)
2008 Champion
(d. Murray)
1987 Champion
(d. Wilander)
2009 Runner-up
(l. to del Potro)
1988 Runner-up
(l. to Wilander)
   
1989 Runner-up
(l. to Becker)
   


FISH ON THE RISE


Mardy Fish has been one of the hottest players on the ATP World Tour since June, compiling a 22-4 match record and reaching four finals during a six-tournament span leading into the US OPEN. He's climbed from No. 90 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings on June 7 to No. 21 on August 23. Here is a look at Fish's career best run:

  Rank Tournament Result
June 7 No. 90 Queen's Club Runner-up (l. to Querrey)
June 21 No. 73 Wimbledon 2nd Rd. (l. to F. Mayer)
July 5 No. 79 Newport Winner (d. O. Rochus)
July 19 No. 49 Atlanta Winner (d. Isner)
Aug. 2 No. 35 Washington 3rd Rd. (l. to Cilic)
Aug. 16 No. 36 Cinicnnati Runner-up (l. to Federer)
Aug. 23 No. 21 US OPEN US OPEN (next tourn.)
Note: Fish ranked a season-low No. 108 in March and this is his highest ranking since August 3, 2009 when he was No. 20. He does not have any ranking points coming off the rest of the year.


LEAD-UP GOING INTO US OPEN


In seven of the past 10 years, the US OPEN champion has won at least one ATP World Tour title coming into Flushing Meadows during the North American summer hard court circuit. Here is a look at the past 10 US OPEN champions:

US OPEN Champion

Titles/Finals Leading into US OPEN

2009 - Juan Martin del Potro Winner - Washington, Finalist - Montreal
2008 - Roger Federer None
2007 - Roger Federer Winner - Cincinnati, Finalist - Montreal
2006 - Roger Federer Winner - Toronto
2005 - Roger Federer Winner - Cincinnati
2004 - Roger Federer Winner - Toronto
2003 - Andy Roddick Winner - Indianapolis, Montreal, Cincinnati
2002 - Pete Sampras None
2001 - Lleyton Hewitt None
2000 - Marat Safin Winner - Toronto


LOOKING FOR FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE

In the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the year, each runner-up was attempting to capture their first Slam title, only to lose to Federer or Nadal. It's the fourth time in the past 10 years the first three Slams included a player trying to win his first Slam crown:

  Aust. Open Roland Garros Wimbledon
2010 Andy Murray
(l. to Federer)
Robin Soderling
(l. to Nadal)
Tomas Berdych
(l. to Nadal)
2003 Rainer Schuettler
(l. to Agassi)
Juan Carlos Ferrero*
(d. Verkerk)
Roger Federer*
d. Mark Philippoussis
2002 Thomas Johansson
(d. Safin)
Albert Costa*
(d. Ferrero)
David Nalbandian
(l. to Hewitt)
2001 Arnaud Clement
(l. to Agassi)
Alex Corretja
(l. to Kuerten)
Goran Ivanisevic
(d. Rafter)
* Both attempting to win first Grand Slam title

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