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Sizzling Stats Of The Decade

Ivo Karlovic© AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian Ivo Karlovic hit a record 78 aces against Czech Radek Stepanek in the 2009 Davis Cup semi-finals.

As we continue our review of the past decade, today we turn our attention to statistics. And who better to help us out than ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko! You could excuse Shark for being mentally fatigued after another grueling campaign to publish the annual media guide ahead of the new season. But the thought of compiling the most interesting stats had him working feverishly like a rookie.

Below you’ll find some of the most compelling statistics of the decade, which in many cases reflect the decade of domination authored by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

But there are also some statistics that merely titillate. For example, take the most aces served in a match (highlighted by Ivo Karlovic’s jaw-dropping 78 aces against Radek Stepanek in this year’s Davis Cup semi-finals). The four leaders on that list all lost the matches in which they fired more than 50 aces. 

Most Aces In A Match
78*, Ivo Karlovic  (L), 2009 Davis Cup SF vs. Radek Stepanek
55, Ivo Karlovic (L), 2009 Roland Garros 1st Rd. vs. Lleyton Hewitt
51, Joachim Johansson (L), 2005 Australian Open 4th Rd. vs. A. Agassi
51, Ivo Karlovic (L), 2005 Wimbledon 1st Rd. vs. Daniele Bracciali
50, Roger Federer (W), 2009 Wimbledon Final vs. Andy Roddick
Most Match Wins In A Season
92, Roger Federer, 2006
82, Rafael Nadal, 2008
81, Roger Federer, 2005
80, Lleyton Hewitt, 2001
79, Rafael Nadal, 2005
Most Titles In A Season
12, Roger Federer, 2006
11, Roger Federer, 2005
11, Rafael Nadal, 2005
11, Roger Federer, 2004
8, Rafael Nadal, 2008
Most Match Points Saved In A Match
10, Rainer Schuettler d. A. Seppi, 36 76(13) 60, 2004 Kitzbuehel 2nd Rd.
9, Igor Andreev d. R. Soderling 36 76(14) 64, 2006 Indian Wells 3rd Rd. 
9, Vincent Spadea d. F. Serra 75 16 46 76(7) 97, 2004 R. Garros 1st Rd. 
9, Jiri Vanek d. Bohdan Ulihrach 26 62 76(5), 2004 Sopot 1st Rd.
9, Hicham Arazi d. Tommy Haas 26 76(8) 75, 2001 Hamburg  2nd Rd.
9, Felix Mantilla d. Albert Portas 26 76(4) 63, 2001 Palermo SF
Fewest Matches Lost In A Season (Top 10 player)
4, Roger Federer, 2005
5, Roger Federer, 2006
6, Roger Federer, 2004
9, Roger Federer, 2007
9, Lleyton Hewitt, 2005

Most Times Qualified Into Main Draw In Decade
23, Cyril Saulnier
22, Christophe Rochus
21, Jan Hernych
20, Andreas Seppi
19, Albert Portas
19, Julien Benneteau
19, Teimuraz Gabashvili

Other Notable Stats Of The Decade
Longest Match Time (Best-of-five sets)
6:33* (over two days), Fabrice Santoro d. Arnaud Clement 64 63 67(5) 36 16-14, 2004 Roland Garros 1st Rd.

Longest Match Time (Best-of-three sets)
4:03*, Rafael Nadal d. Novak Djokovic 36 76(5) 76(9), 2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid SF                                                   

Longest Clay Court Match Winning Streak
81*, Rafael Nadal, April 2005-May 2007

Longest Grass Court Match Winning Streak
65*, Roger Federer, June 2002-July 2008

Longest Hard Court Match Winning Streak
56*, Roger Federer, February 2005-March 2006
Most Aces In A Season
1,318, Ivo Karlovic, 2007

Most Weeks at No. 1
263 (as of Dec. 28, '09), Roger Federer, 2004-09

Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1
237*, Roger Federer, Feb. 2, 2004-Aug. 17, 2008

Most Clay Court Match Wins In A Season
50, Rafael Nadal, 2005

Most Hard Court Match Wins In A Season
59*, Roger Federer, 2006

Most Grass Court Match Wins In A Season
16, Lleyton Hewitt, 2001

Most Clay Court Titles (Decade)
25, Rafael Nadal (2004-09)

Most Hard Court Titles (Decade)
39, Roger Federer (2002-09)

Most Grass Court Titles (Decade)
11*, Roger Federer (2003-07, '09)

* Open Era record (since 1968)

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