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Shark Bites: US Open Special

DEUCE US Open 2012

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is the top seed at the US Open for a record sixth time.

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

Different Grand Slam Champions
This is the first time since 2005 that the first three Grand Slam tournaments have been captured by three different players. Here is a look since 2000 at the different winners in the first three Slam tournaments and the US Open champion:

YearAustralian OpenRoland GarrosWimbledonUS Open
2012 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Roger Federer ?
2005 Marat Safin Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer
2003 Andre Agassi Juan Carlos Ferrero Roger Federer Andy Roddick
2002 Thomas Johansson Albert Costa Lleyton Hewitt Pete Sampras
2001 Andre Agassi Gustavo Kuerten Goran Ivanisevic Lleyton Hewitt
2000 Andre Agassi Gustavo Kuerten Pete Sampras Marat Safin

No. 1 Players to Win Grand Slam Titles
Since the inception of the South African Airways ATP Rankings in 1973, 25 players have risen to World No. 1. Since 1973, the US Open has been won 36 of 39 times by a player who held, at some point in his career, the No. 1 mantle. Here is a look, since 1973, at how often each Grand Slam tournament has been won by a player who rose to No. 1 during his career.

Grand Slam EventNo.
Australian Open 30 (of 40)
Roland Garros 31 (of 40)
Wimbledon 34 (of 40)
US Open 36 (of 39)

Top Seeds In New York
Roger Federer is the top seed at the US Open for an Open Era record (since 1968) sixth time at the US Open. Here is a look at the players seeded No. 1 the most at the US Open:

RankPlayerSeeded No. 1Best Result As No. 1 Seed
1 Roger Federer 6 times 4 titles (5 overall)
2 John McEnroe 5 times 2 titles (4 overall)
T-3 Bjorn Borg 4 times 1 runner-up (4 overall)
T-3 Ivan Lendl 4 times 2 titles (3 overall)
T-3 Pete Sampras 4 times 1 title (5 overall)
T-6 Andre Agassi 3 times 1 runner-up (2 titles overall)
T-6 Rod Laver 3 times 1 title (3 overall)
T-6 Jimmy Connors 3 times 2 titles (5 overall)

Consecutive Grand Slam Tournaments Played
Roger Federer will be playing in his 52nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament at the US Open and that is third-most in the Open Era. There are two other active players on the Top 10 list:

1 Wayne Ferreira 56
2 Stefan Edberg 54
3 Roger Federer 52
4 Fabrice Santoro 46
5 Dominik Hrbaty 44
6 Feliciano Lopez 43
7 Tommy Robredo 41
8 David Ferrer 40
T-9 Jonas Bjorkman 37
T-9 Mark Woodforde 37

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