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By The Numbers: Wimbledon Storylines

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ATPWorldTour.com looks at some key stats ahead of the third major of the year, the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.

Big Four Title Favourites  – The Big Four of Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14), Novak Djokovic (6) and Andy Murray (2) have captured 35 of the past 37 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2005 Roland Garros). The only exceptions came at the ‘09 US Open where Juan Martin del Potro won the title and this year’s Australian Open where Stan Wawrinka broke through for his maiden crown. Here is a breakdown of the 35 titles: Nadal (14), Federer (13), Djokovic (6) and Murray (2).

Top Four Seeds Lead Way – The last time a player seeded outside of the Top 4 won the Wimbledon title was in 2001 when No. 125th-ranked Goran Ivanisevic took advantage of a wild card opportunity to defeat Patrick Rafter in a five-set Monday final. This is the longest current stretch of Top 4 titles of any Grand Slam tournament. Since ’02 when No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt won the title, four other players have won the Wimbledon crown – Federer (seven times), Nadal (twice), Djokovic (once) and Andy Murray (once). In fact, only seven players in the Open Era (since 1968) not seeded among the Top 4 have won the title.

Nadal-Djokovic Rivalry – Since Roland Garros 2010, Djokovic and Nadal have combined to win 13 of the past 17 Grand Slam titles with the Spaniard winning eight Slam titles and the Serb winning five. They have met in two of the past three Slam finals (’13 US Open, ’14 Roland Garros) with Nadal winning both times. Overall they have met a record 42 times with Nadal holding a 23-19 advantage (2-1 on grass).

Reigning Champ – Last year Andy Murray broke a 77-year British title drought by defeating Djokovic 64 75 64 in the final. The No. 1 British player came in as the No. 2 seed, the highest by a British man since Bunny Austin was No. 1 in 1939. Murray was the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936. Perry did not defend his title the following year. Since capturing his second Grand Slam crown at the All England Club, Murray has not reached a final. He underwent back surgery last September and he finished last season with a 9-3 record after Wimbledon. He is 27-11 this year and he advanced to the semi-finals at Roland Garros and Acapulco, his best results. He had a career-best 19-match grass court winning streak snapped with a 3R loss to Radek Stepanek at Queen’s.

Rafa No. 2 Seed – Two-time Wimbledon champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is the No. 2 seed at the All England Club for the sixth time in his career. This is the second time (2010) he has ranked No. 1 and seeded No. 2. In the previous five, he won the title in 2008 and ’10 and reached the final in 2006-07. Two years ago he lost in 2R to Lukas Rosol. Last year he came into Wimbledon with a 22-match winning streak before falling in the 1R to No. 135 Steve Darcis. It was Nadal’s first Grand Slam opening round loss in his career.

The 28-year-old Spaniard is coming off his 14th Grand Slam title after capturing a ninth Roland Garros crown. He is the only man in history to win a Slam singles title for 10 straight years. Nadal leads the ATP World Tour this season with four titles and a 41-7 match record. He is looking to play well on grass after early exits in his last four tournaments on the surface. Since reaching the Wimbledon final in ’11, he has not won back-to-back matches. In 2012 Halle, he fell in the QF after a bye (l. to Kohlschreiber) and then lost in 2R at Wimbledon (l. to Rosol). Last year he lost in 1R. Prior to 2012, Nadal had appeared in five Wimbledon finals between 2006-11 (did not play ’09). He comes in with 699 career match wins and is looking to become the 11th player in the Open Era to win 700 matches.

The Top SeedNovak Djokovic is the No. 1 seed for the third straight year at Wimbledon, the first time as World No. 2. The 27-year-old Serb won the Wimbledon crown in 2011 as the No. 2 seed and the past two years has reached the semi-finals (l. to Federer) and final (l. to Murray). He is coming off his second runner-up at Roland Garros in three years (l. to Nadal). Djokovic is the first player seeded No. 1 for three or more consecutive years at the All England Club since Federer from 2004-08.

The King of Grass – Federer has 14 grass court titles (14-4 in finals) and a career record of 125-18 (.874) on grass, the best winning percentage in the Open Era. In 2007, he became the second player (Bjorn Borg) in the Open Era to capture five consecutive Wimbledon titles. Federer's 40-match unbeaten streak at Wimbledon ended to Nadal in 2008. Borg won a record 41 matches in a row at the All England Club (five titles from 1976-80 before losing in the ‘81 final to McEnroe). Prior to Federer's winning streak, he had a 16-11 career record on grass from 1999-2002. Since 2003-present he is 109-7 on grass. He comes into Wimbledon with a 34-7 match record on the season and off his seventh career title in Halle (d. Falla). The 32-year-old Swiss is 2-3 in finals this year.

Two years ago, Federer won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, defeating Murray 46 75 63 64. Federer tied Pete Sampras and William Renshaw for the most singles titles at the All England Club. At 30, Federer became the oldest singles champion since Arthur Ashe (31) in 1975. Federer is making his 16th consecutive appearance at Wimbledon and he’s reached the quarter-finals or better in 10 of the past 11 years. Last year he was upset in the 2R by No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky.

All-Time Grand Slam Champions – Federer is the all-time Grand Slam titles leader and Nadal is tied for No. 2:

Player Slam Finals W-L
Wimbledon Titles
Roger Federer
17-7
7
Rafael Nadal
14-6
2
Pete Sampras
14-2
7
Roy Emerson
12-3
2
Bjorn Borg
11-5
5
Rod Laver 11-6
4

Wimbledon Title Leaders – Federer is one of three players to win seven singles titles in Wimbledon history:

Player No.
Years
Roger Federer
7
2003-07, '09, '12
Pete Sampras
7
1993-95, '97-00
William Renshaw
7*
1881-86, '89
Bjorn Borg
5
1976-80
Laurie Doherty
5*
1902-06

*Challenge Round (defending champion only had to play one match following year)

Federer/Sampras Comparisons – Here is a look at the two winningest players in Wimbledon history (non-Challenge Round). Federer and Sampras each have won seven titles. Here is a look at their stats:


Federer
Sampras
Match W-L
67-8
63-7
Years Played (Titles)
15 (7)
14 (7)
Won 1st Title
4th attempt
4th attempt
5-set W-L
6-3
5-2
Top 3 Seed
10 times
9 times

Federer Grand Slam Streak – This will be Roger Federer’s record 59h consecutive Grand Slam tournament played. He broke the mark he shared with South African Wayne Ferreira at the Australian Open. Federer’s streak began at the 2000 Australian Open and he is the only player to compete in every Grand Slam singles draw in this century. Feliciano Lopez is playing in his 50th straight Grand Slam tournament, which is the fourth-longest streak:

Rank
Player
Consecutive Grand Slams Played
1
Roger Federer
59 * (2000 US Open-2014 Wimbledon)
2
Wayne Ferreira
56 (1991 Aus. Open-2004 US Open)
3
Stefan Edberg
54 (1983 Wimbledon-1996 US Open)
4
Feliciano Lopez
50* (2002 Roland Garros-2014 Wimbledon)
5
David Ferrer
47* (2003 Aus. Open-2014 Wimbledon)
6 Fabrice Santoro
46 (1998 US Open-2010 Aus. Open)
7 Fernando Verdasco 45* (2003 Wimbledon-2014 Wimbledon)
8 Tomas Berdych 44* (2003 US Open-2014 Wimbledon)
  Dominik Hrbaty 44 (1997 Aus. Open-2007 US Open)
10 Tommy Robredo 42 (2001 Aus. Open-2012 Aus. Open)

Players competing at 2014 Wimbledon in bold   *denotes active streak including Wimbledon

No. 1 Ranking Update – Nadal has held No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings every week since Oct. 7, 2013 and he will be guaranteed his 38th and 39th consecutive weeks during Wimbledon (141 overall in career). Djokovic must win the title in order to have a chance to take over No. 1. Here are the No. 1 scenarios:
-    IF Nadal reaches the semi-finals, he will remain No. 1
-    Djokovic must win the title AND Nadal lose before the SF, in order to regain No. 1

Wimbledon Debut – There are 14 players making their main draw debut at Wimbledon (does not include qualifiers). The last player to win the title at the All England Club in his maiden visit was American Dick Savitt in 1951.

Player
Age
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
22
Federico Delbonis (ARG)
23
Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
33
Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)
25
Bradley Klahn (USA)
23
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) - WC
19
Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
23
Daniel Smethurst (GBR)
23
Jack Sock (USA) 21
Joao Sousa (POR)
25
Dominic Thiem (AUT)
20
Jiri Vesely (CZE) - WC 20

Former Wimbledon Winners In The Box – Four former Wimbledon champions will be on the sidelines as coaches:

Coach
Wimbledon Titles
Player
Boris Becker
1985-86, '89
Novak Djokovic
Stefan Edberg
1988, '90
Roger Federer
Goran Ivanisevic
2001
Marin Cilic
Amelie Mauresmo
2006
Andy Murray

Grand Slam Match Leaderboard – Federer is the all-time match wins leader (268) in Grand Slam history while Nadal is No. 7 with 184 wins, Djokovic is No. 10 with 168 wins and Hewitt is tied at No. 15 with 144 wins. Here is a look at the Top 10 match wins leaders:

Player
W-L
Grand Slam Titles
Roger Federer
268-43
17
Jimmy Connors
233-49
8
Andre Agassi
224-53
8
Ivan Lendl
222-49
8
Roy Emerson
217-48
12
Pete Sampras
203-38
14
Rafael Nadal
184-24 14
Stefan Edberg
178-47 6
Ken Rosewall 171-34 8
Novak Djokovic
168-32 6

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