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By The Numbers: Grass-Court Giants

Queen's Club, London© Getty ImagesFinal preparations are made at Queen's Club ahead of the Aegon Championships. looks at some key stats ahead of the 2014 grass-court season.

Roger Federer is the defending champion at the Gerry Weber Open, in Halle, while Andy Murray is looking to retain his crown at the Aegon Championships, at Queen's Club in London. In the week prior to Wimbledon, Nicolas Mahut will look to defend his maiden ATP World Tour trophy at the Topshelf Open, in 's-Hertogenbosch, and Feliciano Lopez is eyeing consecutive titles on the lawns of Eastbourne at the Aegon International.

Grass Circuit Highlights June – There are four ATP World Tour grass-court tournaments in June, leading into Wimbledon. Eight of the Top 10 are entered (w/May 26 ranking):

Rank Player
1 Rafael Nadal
3 Stan Wawrinka
4 Roger Federer
5 Andy Murray
6 Tomas Berdych
7 David Ferrer
9 Milos Raonic
10 Ernests Gulbis

Grass Court Title Leaders – Federer has accumulated the most grass court titles in the Open Era with 13 followed by Hewitt with seven and Murray with five. Here are the active multiple grass court title winners on the ATP World Tour:

Player Titles
Roger Federer
13 (2003-07, ’09, ’12 Wimbledon; 2003-06, ‘08, ’13 Halle)
Lleyton Hewitt
7 (2000-02, ’06 Queen’s; ’01 ‘s-Hertogenbosch; ‘01 Wimbledon; ’10 Halle)
Andy Murray
5 (2009, ’11, ’13 Queen’s; ’12 Olympics; ’13 Wimbledon)
Rafael Nadal
3 (2008 Queen’s; 2008, ’10 Wimbledon)
David Ferrer
2 (2008, ’12 ‘s-Hertogenbosch)
Richard Gasquet
2 (2005-06 Nottingham)
Tommy Haas
2 (2009, ’12 Halle)
John Isner
2 (2011-12 Newport)
Ivo Karlovic
2 (2007-08 Nottingham)
Michael Llodra
2 (2004 ‘s-Hertogenbosch, ’10 Eastbourne)
Nicolas Mahut
2 (2013 ‘s-Hertogenbosch, ’13 Newport)
Dmitry Tursunov
2 (2009 Eastbourne, ’11 ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

Grass Match Wins Leaders – Federer has the best career match record on grass (122-18) in the Open Era. Here is a look at the grass court match wins leaders among active players on the ATP World Tour (as at June 8, 2014):

Player W-L, Pct.

Roger Federer
122-18, .871
Lleyton Hewitt
120-36, .769
Andy Murray
73-14, .839
Novak Djokovic
53-15, .779
Tommy Haas
53-26, .671
Mikhail Youzhny
53-31, .631
Rafael Nadal
50-13, .794
Feliciano Lopez
46-27, .630
Tomas Berdych
44-19, .698
Nicolas Mahut
44-28, .611
Michael Llodra
44-29, .603

Lead-up to Wimbledon Title – In seven of the past 12 years, the Wimbledon champion came into the tournament having won a title in one of the pre-Wimbledon grass court lead-up events: Andy Murray (2013 Queen’s), Rafael Nadal (2008 Queen’s), Roger Federer (2003-06 Halle) and Lleyton Hewitt (2002 Queen’s).

In the Open Era, just seven different men have won the Wimbledon title without playing a warm-up tournament on grass. Bjorn Borg won all 5 of his Wimbledon titles straight off the clay court season: Stan Smith (1972), Andre Agassi (1992), Jan Kodes (1973), Roger Federer (2007, 2009), Bjorn Borg (1976-80), Novak Djokovic (2011), Boris Becker (1989).
Note: Michael Stich (1991), Andre Agassi (1992) and Novak Djokovic (2008) are the only three players in the Open Era to have won their first career grass court titles at Wimbledon.

Bryans Closing In on Century Mark – World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan are closing in on 100 career titles on the ATP World Tour. They have 98 career titles together (Mike has 100 overall, Bob 98). They enter the month of June with a 5-2 record in finals this season, winning five straight titles in Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami, Houston and Monte-Carlo. The have captured the Queen’s title five times  (2001, ’04-05, ’11, ’13) and reached the final two other times (2007, ‘12).

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