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By The Numbers

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal regained his clay-court supremacy in 2012. takes a look at the 2012 season by the numbers. In part three we look at the lengths some players went to win matches, and in some cases tournaments, and look at the most consistent performers this season.

Match Points Saved
Five players won matches from the brink of defeat in 2012, most notably Novak Djokovic’s heroics to save five match points against Andy Murray in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final.

Player Tournament/Opponent Round M.P.(s)
Kevin Anderson Delray Beach – d. Andy Roddick 26 76(9) 64 QF Saved 3 M.P.
Janko Tipsarevic Stuttgart – d. Bjorn Phau 67(6) 76(2) 64 QF Saved 4 M.P.
John Isner Winston-Salem d. Tomas Berdych 36 64 76(9) Final Saved 3 M.P.
Juan Monaco Kuala Lumpur – d. Kei Nishikori 62 26 76(4) SF Saved 1 M.P.
Novak Djokovic Shanghai – d. Andy Murray 57 76(11) 63 Final Saved 5 M.P.

First-Time ATP Winners
Only one player won his first ATP World Tour title in 2012, compared with 10 in 2011. As players competing for their first ATP World Tour title went 1-15 in finals this season, 23-year-old Martin Klizan was the only breakthrough, triumphing at the St. Petersburg Open with a straight-sets win over Fabio Fognini. He became the first Slovakian to win a tour title since Dominik Hrbaty triumphed at Marseille in February 2004.

Winning Streaks
It was a mark of how competitive the ATP World Tour was in 2012 that the longest winning streak any player was able to put together was Roger Federer’s run of 16 matches in February-March. In 2011, Novak Djokovic had opened with a staggering 41-0 mark, while a year earlier Nadal had compiled a 24-match winning run.

Player Matches Duration
Roger Federer 16 13 Feb. 13 - 27 March 
Rafael Nadal 13 14 May - 14 June
Roger Federer 12 25 June - 5 Aug.
Juan Martin del Potro 11 14 Sept - 1 Nov.
David Ferrer 11 22 Oct. 22 - 8 Nov.
David Ferrer 11 20 Feb. - 11 Mar.
Rafael Nadal 11 16 Apr. - 10 May
Novak Djokovic 10 16 Jan. - 2 Mar.
Andy Murray 10 2 Jan. - 28 Jan
Andy Murray 10 27 Aug. - 6 Oct.

Qualifying Leaders
Argentina’s Federico Delbonis’ perseverance was rewarded as he qualified into eight ATP World Tour tournaments in 2012, going on to reach the quarter-finals in Vina del Mar. The ATP World Tour’s Most Improved Player Of The Year, Marinko Matosevic of Australia, qualified into six events and went onto finish runner-up in Delray Beach.

Player No. Best Result - Tournament
Federico Delbonis 8 QF – Vina del Mar
Roberto Bautista Agut 7 2R – Miami
Michael Berrer 6 2R – Roland Garros, Metz
Jesse Levine 6 2R – Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Newport, Cincinnati
Marinko Matosevic 6 Runner-up – Delray Beach
Tim Smyczek 6 2R – Delray Beach, Newport, US Open

Winning Titles Without Losing A Set
Rafael Nadal reminded the tennis world of his clay-court supremacy in 2012, winning three titles at Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Rome without the loss of a set. Novak Djokovic was also able to win an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a clean slate over six matches, retaining his title in Miami.

Player Sets Won Tournament
Milos Raonic 8 San Jose (four wins)
David Ferrer 10 Acapulco
Roger Federer 10 Dubai
Novak Djokovic 12 Miami
Rafael Nadal 10 Monte-Carlo
Rafael Nadal 10 Barcelona
Juan Martin del Potro 8 Estoril (four wins)
Rafael Nadal 10 Rome
Nicolas Almagro 8 Nice (four wins)
Marin Cilic 8 Umag (four wins)
Sam Querrey 8 Los Angeles (four wins)
Roger Federer 10 Cincinnati

Stay tuned for part four tomorrow.

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