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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has jumped off to a 57-2 start this season with nine titles.

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

BIG THREE LEAD THE WAY

For the first time since 1990 at the US Open the top three seeds have all earned at least three Grand Slam titles during their career:

1990 (age)

Grand Slam Titles

2011 (age)

Grand Slam Titles

1) Stefan Edberg (24)

4

1) Novak Djokovic (24)

3

2) Boris Becker (22)

4

2) Rafael Nadal (25)

10

3) Ivan Lendl (30)

8

3) Roger Federer (30)

16

SEASONS TO REMEMBER...

Novak Djokovic has jumped off to a 57-2 start this season with nine titles. His record is just behind John McEnroe’s 59-2 mark (and nine titles) in 1984 when he entered the US Open.

Here is a look at both players memorable seasons going into the US Open:

John McEnroe (1984)

Novak Djokovic (2011)

Tournaments Played

11

11

Titles

9

9

Win-Loss Record

59-2

57-2

Losses

Roland Garros, Cincinnati

Roland Garros, Cincinnati

Sets Win-Loss

130-13

129-21

Versus Top 10

16-1

18-2

TOP 10 WINS LEADERS

Novak Djokovic is on pace to break John McEnroe’s record of 24 Top 10 wins in 1984. Djokovic has compiled an 18-2 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year. Here is a look at the most Top 10 wins in a season since McEnroe’s historic run in 1984:

Year - Player

Versus Top 10

1984 - John McEnroe

24-2

1985 - Ivan Lendl

22-4

2006 - Roger Federer

19-4

2004 - Roger Federer

18-0

2011 - Novak Djokovic

18-2

2007 - Roger Federer

17-4

2008 - Rafael Nadal

17-6

1987 - Ivan Lendl

16-2

2010 - Rafael Nadal

16-6

1990 - Stefan Edberg

16-7

SUCCESS OF NO. 1 PLAYERS AT US OPEN

The US Open is the most successful Grand Slam tournament for players who have ranked No. 1. Of the 25 players to rank No. 1 at one stage in their career, 16 have captured the US Open crown. Here is a list of the champions to rank No. 1:

Player

US Open Title

First-Time No. 1

Rafael Nadal (ESP)

2010

2008

Roger Federer (SUI)

2004-08

2004

Andy Roddick (USA)

2003

2003

Pete Sampras (USA)

1990, '93, '95'-96, 2002

1993

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

2001

2001

Marat Safin (RUS)

2000

2000

Andre Agassi (USA)

1994, '99

1995

Patrick Rafter (AUS)

1997-98

1999

Stefan Edberg (SWE)

1991-92

1990

Boris Becker (GER)

1989

1991

Mats Wilander (SWE)

1988

1988

Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)

1985-87

1983

John McEnroe (USA)

1979-81, '84

1980

Jimmy Connors (USA)

1974, '76, '78, '82-83

1974

John Newcombe (AUS)

1973

1974

Ilie Nastase (ROU)

1972

1973

Note: Juan Martin del Potro is the only player since 1978 to win the US Open and not rank No. 1.

LEAD-UP GOING INTO US OPEN

In seven of the past 11 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 US Open champions since 2000:

US Open Champion

Titles/Finals Leading Into US Open

2010 - Rafael Nadal (ESP)

None

2009 - Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)

Winner - Washington; Finalist - Montreal

2008 - Roger Federer (SUI)

None

2007 - Roger Federer (SUI)

Winner - Cincinnati; Finalist - Montreal

2006 - Roger Federer (SUI)

Winner - Toronto

2005 - Roger Federer (SUI)

Winner - Cincinnati

2004 - Roger Federer (SUI)

Winner - Toronto

2003 - Andy Roddick (USA)

Winner - Indianapolis, Montreal, Cincinnati

2002 - Pete Sampras (USA)

None

2001 - Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

None

2000 - Marat Safin (RUS)

Winner - Toronto

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