BEST OF 2012
2012 By The Numbers... Novak's 5 M.P. Saved Tops List
By The Numbers
by Greg Sharko|
ATPWorldTour.com 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.
|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.
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.
|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.|
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.
|Milos Raonic||8||San Jose (four wins)|
|Juan Martin del Potro||8||Estoril (four wins)|
|Nicolas Almagro||8||Nice (four wins)|
|Marin Cilic||8||Umag (four wins)|
|Sam Querrey||8||Los Angeles (four wins)|
Stay tuned for part four tomorrow.