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Shark Bites: Ferrer Joins 500 Match Wins Club

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Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer has reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the second time (also 2011).

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind David Ferrer's milestone at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

FERRER JOINS 500 WINS CLUB
David Ferrer is the 39th player in the Open Era (since 1968) to win 500 career matches on the ATP World Tour, the fifth active player to accomplish the feat. Here are the active players to reach the milestone:

PlayerMatch Wins
Roger Federer 882 (going into Australian Open QFs)
Rafael Nadal 583
Lleyton Hewitt 568
Tommy Haas 501
David Ferrer 500


SPANIARDS IN 500 WINS CLUB
Ferrer is the fourth Spaniard to join the 500 Wins Club:

Spanish Player Match Wins
Manuel Orantes 634
Rafael Nadal 583
Carlos Moya 575
David Ferrer 500


MILESTONE MATCH WINS
Here is a look at Ferrer's milestone match wins:

Match Win Player Round Year & Tournament
No. 1 David Nalbandian 1R 2002 Umag
No. 100 Mariano Puerta 3R 2005 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid
No. 200 Tomas Berdych 3R 2007 ATP Masters 1000 Paris
No. 300 Igor Andreev QF 2010 Buenos Aires
No. 400 Radek Stepanek QF 2011 Tokyo
No. 500 Nicolas Almagro QF 2013 Australian Open


LOOKING TO REACH FIRST GRAND SLAM FINAL
Of the 39 players in the 500 Match Wins Club, nine have never reached a Grand Slam final. Ferrer is one win away from removing his name from this list:

Player Match Wins
Eddie Dibbs 584
Wojtek Fibak 520
Raul Ramirez 520
Brad Gilbert 519
Tomas Smid 516
Wayne Ferreira 512
John Alexander 504
Tommy Haas 501
David Ferrer 500

 

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