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Shark Bites - Isner Tie-break Titan


Isner© Getty ImagesJohn Isner has led the ATP World Tour with most tie-break wins in the past two seasons.

ATP statistics and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP World Tour.

TIE-BREAK LEADERS  (since 2000)

John Isner leads the ATP World Tour with 33 tie-break set wins this season going into his quarter-final match at the US Open. Here is a look at the players to win at least 30 tie-breaks in a season since 2000:


  Tie-breaks W-L
2011 John Isner 33-19 (going into QFs)
2010 John Isner 34-18
2009 Andy Roddick
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2008 Ivo Karlovic 30-31
2007 Ivo Karlovic
Andy Roddick
Ivan Ljubicic
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
2006 Roger Federer 37-14
2004 Andy Roddick 37-14
2003 Andy Roddick 36-21
2000 Marat Safin 32-20


This is the second straight year a French player has reached the quarter-finals at the US Open. The last Frenchman to reach the semi-finals was Cedric Pioline in 1999. Here is a look at the Frenchmen to reach the QFs or better in Flushing Meadows in the past 20 years:

2011 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga        
2010 – Gael Monfils
2000 – Arnaud Clement
1999 – Cedric Pioline (SF)
           Nicolas Escude
1993 – Cedric Pioline (Runner-up)

+ Gilles Simon was attempting to reach the QFs (vs. Isner in 4th Rd.)


Janko Tipsarevic broke through to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open. Here are the players who played the most Grand Slam tournaments before reaching their first quarter-final:

 No.Grand Slam Tournament
Fabrice Santoro 54 2006 Australian Open
Mark Woodforde 38 1996 Australian Open
Todd Woodbridge 34 1997 Wimbledon
Jurgen Melzer 32 2010 Roland Garros
Jason Stoltenberg 32 1996 Wimbledon
Janko Tipsarevic 31 2011 US Open

- Provided by ITF Communications

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