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By The Numbers: Nadal, Djokovic, Federer Dominate The Desert

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko previews the BNP Paribas Open.

The BNP Paribas Open is the first of two ATP World Tour Masters 1000s hard court tournaments this month, preceding the Sony Open Tennis in Miami. A player winning both titles in the same year in Indian Wells and Miami - a feat achieved by seven players - would add 2000 points to his Emirates ATP Rankings points total, the equivalent of winning a Grand Slam title.

In the past for years, the year-end No. 1 has won the most Masters 1000 matches during the season. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who have shared the year-end No. 1 mantle the past 10 years, have also dominated the BNP Paribas Open during that stretch, winning nine of 10 titles. Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, the current coach of Canadian young gun Milos Raonic, won the Indian Wells title in 2010.

Masters 1000 Success Leads to No. 1 – In the past four years (and six of the past eight), the year-end No. 1 player in the Emirates ATP Rankings has won the most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches during the season. Here is a look at the year-end No. 1 players and their ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match record:

Year-end No. 1 Masters 1000s W-L Titles
2013 – Rafael Nadal 35-3 5
2012 – Novak Djokovic 34-6 3
2011 – Novak Djokovic 33-1 5
2010 – Rafael Nadal 29-5 3
2008 – Rafael Nadal 32-6 3
2006 - Roger Federer 34-3 4

30 & Over in Top 100 – A record 34 players 30 & over are in this week’s Emirates ATP Rankings, led by No. 12-ranked Tommy Haas, who is less than a month away from his 36th birthday. One of the 34 players 30 & over in the Top 100 is 33-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, who his week becomes the first player from his country to crack the Century Club. Here are the players 30 & over broken down by age:

Age No. of Players
35 3
33 4
32 11
31 6
30 10

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Rankings Risers – Since the end of last year, here is a look at the five players with the biggest jump in the Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings:

Player Ranking Jump '13 Year-End / 3 March
Alexandr Dolgopolov +26 No. 57 / No. 31
Lleyton Hewitt +20 No. 61 / No. 41
Yen-Hsun Lu +17 No. 66 / No. 49
Pablo Andujar +13 No. 48 / No. 35
Federico Delbonis +11 No. 55 / No. 44

Indian Wells, Miami Title Sweep – Since 1991, seven players have won the first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of the season in Indian Wells and Miami. Federer is the only player to accomplish the feat twice. Djokovic was the last player to win both in 2011. Here are the players to win both titles in the same year:

Player Year
Novak Djokovic 2011
Roger Federer 2005-06
Andre Agassi 2001
Marcelo Rios 1998
Pete Sampras 1994
Michael Chang 1992
Jim Courier 1991

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