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Shark Bites: Big Four Comparison

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Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal has the best head-to-head record against his fellow 'Big Four' members.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a closer look at the Big Four's dominance over the past five years.

For the past five years the Big Four of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal has finished in the Top 4 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. No other foursome has accomplished this feat in the history of the rankings (since 1973).

BIG FOUR TITLES STREAK
This is the second time in 2013 the Big Four are playing together in a tournament (Indian Wells).  When the foursome play together they have won the last 26 titles going back to Rome 2010:

2013 – 1    
2012 – 6    
2011 – 11   
2010 – 8

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Nadal has the best career winning percentage (.630) and winning record against the other three members of the Big Four. 

Djokovic Federer Murray Nadal Total
Djokovic x 13-16 11-7 15-19 .482 (39-42)
Federer 16-13 x 9-11 10-19 .449 (35-43)
Murray 7-11 11-9 x 5-13 .411 (23-33)
Nadal 19-15 19-10 13-5 x .630 (51-30)

HEAD-TO-HEAD SINCE 2008

Djokovic Federer Murray Nadal Total
Djokovic x 12-11 8-7 13-13 .516 (33-31)
Federer 11-12 x 8-10 4-11 .411 (23-33)
Murray 7-8 10-8 x 5-11 .449 (22-27)
Nadal 13-13 11-4 11-5 x .614 (35-22)

GRAND SLAM/ATP MASTERS 1000 BREAKDOWN
Federer is the all-time leader with 17 Grand Slam titles while Nadal is the holder with the most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (22). Here is a look at the career winning percentages at both levels:

GS Match (W-L) GS Finals (W-L) M1000 Match (W-L) M1000 Finals (W-L)
Djokovic .839 (141-27) .600 (6-4) .792 (183-48) .583 (14-10)
Federer .869 (252-38) .708 (17-7) .775 (272-79) .636 (21-12)
Murray .791 (106-28) .167 (1-5) .711 (133-54) .750 (9-3)
Nadal .877 (157-22) .687 (11-5) .833 (239-48) .687 (22-10)

RECORDS VS. TOP 10/NO. 1 OPPONENTS/IN FINALS
Nadal has the highest winning percentage in all three categories:

vs. Top 10 (W-L) vs. No. 1 (W-L) Career Finals (W-L)
Djokovic .583 (91-65) .348 (8-15) .661 (37-19)
Federer .656 (162-85) .313 (5-11) .691 (76-34)
Murray .561 (64-50) .375 (9-15) .650 (26-14)
Nadal .667 (104-52) .640 (16-9) .701 (54-23)

6,000 POINTS UP FOR GRABS
In three of the past four years, the player accumulating the most Emirates ATP Rankings points at the ‘Big Four’ events (where 6,000 points are up for grabs) during the stretch from Madrid through Wimbledon has finished year-end No. 1. Here is a look at the points earned by the year-end No. 1 during this stretch:

Madrid Rome Roland Garros Wimbledon Points %*
2012:
Djokovic
180 (QF) 600 (F) 1200 (F) 720 (SF) 20.9
2011:
Djokovic
1000 (W) 1000 (W) 720 (SF) 2000 (W) 34.6
2010:
Nadal
1000 (W) 1000 (W) 2000 (W) 2000 (W) 48.2
2009:
Federer
1000 (W) 360 (SF) 2000 (W) 2000 (W) 50.8

*The percentage of points earned from these tournaments at the end of the season.

Note: In 2012 Roger Federer earned the most points during this stretch but finished No. 2.

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