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By The Numbers: Kei's Top 10 Breakthrough

Nishikori© Getty ImagesKei Nishikori clinched a berth in the Top 10 after reaching the 2014 Madrid semi-finals.

ATPWorldTour.com looks at some key stats of Kei Nishikori's historic rise into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The Japanese No. 1 achieved this milestone with his stellar run to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final last week in Madrid, ensuring his place in the Top 10 with his quarter-final victory.

Nishikori, the first Japanese player in the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 10, is the second-youngest in the current group at 24 years old, but the oldest at the time of his Top 10 breakthrough. 

Read: Nishikori - From 'Project 45' To Top 10

Emirates ATP Rankings - Top 10 as of 12 May 2014

Rank Player (Age on 12 May) Age at Top 10 Breakthrough
1 Rafael Nadal (27) 18 yrs., 10 mos.
2 Novak Djokovic (26) 19 yrs., 9 mos.
3 Stanislas Wawrinka (29) 23 yrs., 1 mo.
4 Roger Federer (32) 20 yrs., 9 mos.
5 David Ferrer (32) 23 yrs., 9 mos.
6 Tomas Berdych (28) 21 yrs., 1 mo.
7 Juan Martin del Potro (25) 20 yrs.
8 Andy Murray (26) 19 yrs., 11 mos.
9 Kei Nishikori (24) 24 yrs., 4 mos.
10 Milos Raonic (23) 22 yrs., 7 mos.

Nishikori is also the first Asian in the Top 10 since Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan (29 March 2004). Roger Federer, who was No. 1 at the time, is the only active player from that Top 10 group.

Emirates ATP Rankings - Top 10 as of 29 March 2004

Rank Player
1 Roger Federer
2 Juan Carlos Ferrero
3 Andy Roddick
4 Guillermo Coria
5 Andre Agassi
6 Carlos Moya
7 Rainer Schuettler
8 Tim Henman
9 David Nalbandian
10 Paradorn Srichaphan

Countries Represented In The Top 10
Japan is the 30th country represented by a Top 10 player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 23 August 1973). Nishikori is the 154th player who has broken into the Top 10. Here are the countries represented:

Country No. of Players
Country No. of Players
United States 31
Ecuador 2
Spain 17
Italy 2
Sweden 17
Netherlands 2
Argentina 11
Serbia 2
France 11
Brazil 1
Australia 10
Canada 1
Czech Republic 8*
Cyprus 1
Russia 6
Japan 1
Germany 5
Mexico 1
Croatia 4
Paraguay 1
Switzerland 4
Poland 1
Chile 3
Romania 1
Great Britain 3
Slovakia 1
South Africa 3**
Thailand 1
Austria 2
Ukraine 1

*One is now a U.S. citizen
**Two are now U.S. citizens

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