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Shark Bites: Global Game

Greg Sharko, Director of ATP Media Information

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories of the ATP World Tour in his regular column, 'Shark Bites'.

INTERNATIONAL TOP 10 REPRESENTATION

On 1 February, the Top 10 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings were represented by 10 different countries. It marked the first time since 25 May, 1998 that the Top 10 consisted of 10 different countries. Here's a look at the present and past Top 10 with 10 different countries: 

 

 

Top 10 South African Airways ATP Rankings

1 February 2010

25 May 1998

1 Roger Federer (SUI)

1 Pete Sampras (USA)

2 Novak Djokovic (SRB)

2 Petr Korda (CZE)

3 Andy Murray (GBR)

3 Marcelo Rios (CHI)

4 Rafael Nadal (ESP)

4 Greg Rusedski (GBR)

5 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)

5 Patrick Rafter (AUS)

6 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

6 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)

7 Andy Roddick (USA)

7 Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

8 Robin Soderling (SWE)

8 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)

9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

9 Karol Kucera (SVK)

10 Marin Cilic (CRO)

10 Richard Krajicek (NED)

Note: There were four countries represented in both Top 10 rankings -- Great Britain, Russia, Sweden and United States  

TITLES IN NINE-YEAR SPAN AFTER BREAKTHROUGH WIN           

This week marks the nine-year anniversary of Roger Federer's first ATP World Tour title in Milan, 2001. Federer is one of eight players in the Open Era with 60 or more singles titles on the ATP World Tour. He's earned 62 career titles in a nine-year span, the last coming at the Australian Open on 31 January. Here are the players who won at least 60 career titles and the number they captured in a nine-year stretch (from their first):  

Player

No. of Titles In 9-Year Span+ (Career Total)

Jimmy Connors (USA)

85 (109)

Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)

73 (94)

John McEnroe (USA)

70 (77)

Bjorn Borg (SWE)

63 (63) – Won in Eight Years

Roger Federer (SUI)

62 (62)

Pete Sampras (USA)

56 (64)

Guillermo Vilas (ARG)

52 (62)

Andre Agassi (USA)

34 (60)

+ Beginning with first title

INDOOR TITLE LEADERS 

With the three-week indoor circuit underway, here's a look at the career indoor title leaders (with five or more) among active players on the ATP World Tour:  

Player

No. of Titles

Upcoming Indoor Tournaments

Roger Federer (SUI)

13

None

Andy Murray (GBR)

8

Marseille

Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

6

Zagreb, Rotterdam

Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

6

Rotterdam

Andy Roddick (USA)

6

San Jose, Memphis

Novak Djokovic (SRB)

5

Rotterdam

Tommy Haas (GER)

5

San Jose, Memphis

David Nalbandian (ARG)

5

None

 

 

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