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Rafael Nadal led the ATP World Tour with a 24-1 record on clay in 2017, including four tour-level titles.

The Most Telling Stats Of 2017 — Part 2

ATP World Tour Season In Review: Infosys ATP Beyond the Numbers

Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com presents the second part of its two-part series on the year's most notable statistics.

There is little doubt that 2017 was highlighted by the return of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to the top two spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The rivals combined to produce an astonishing 119-16 record in 2017.

So it is not surprising that they would hold the two longest winning streaks by anyone on the ATP World Tour. What may be surprising, however, is that Nadal and Federer combined to create the five longest winning streaks on tour this year, with the Spaniard having the longest unbeaten run (17 matches) of any player in the world.

Longest Winning Streaks

Player Matches Duration
 Rafael Nadal 17, 16  19 April- 19 May, 29 August- 15 October
 Roger Federer 16, 13, 11  20 June- 13 August, 9 October- 18 November, 12 March- 14 June
 Grigor Dimitrov 10  2 January- 27 January
 Alexander Zverev 10   2 August- 16 August

It is tough enough to qualify for the main draw on the ATP World Tour. So when qualifiers not only make it through, but keep on winning, it is even more impressive. Peter Gojowczyk was No. 95 in the Emirates ATP Rankings when he began his qualifying run at the Moselle Open. After going on to win his maiden title in Metz, he would continue his good form and finish the season at a career-best No. 60 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

ATP World Tour Qualifying Leaders

 Player  Times Qualified  Best Result
1. Stefanos Tsitsipas  8  SF (Antwerp)
2. Maximilian Marterer  7  1R (7 Times)
3. Matthew Ebden  6  Final (Newport)
    Lukas Lacko  6  3R (Australian Open)
    Vasek Pospisil  6  3R (Indian Wells)
    Tim Smyczek  6  2R (Memphis)
7. Peter Gojowczyk  5  Champion (Metz)
   Jozef Kovalik  5  QF (Chennai)

But he was not the only qualifier who went on to make a deep run in the main draw that same week. Six qualifiers would eventually make the final this season, with Filip Krajinovic's effort at the Rolex Paris Masters the best performance by a qualifier at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.

Oddly enough, two lucky losers — players who fell in the final round of qualifying but got into the main draw due to a withdrawal — would claim trophies as well. 

Best Result by Qualifiers in 2017

- Peter Gojowczyk, Champion: Metz (d. Paire)

- Aljaz Bedene, Finalist: Budapest (l. to Pouille)

- Guido Pella, Finalist:  Munich (l. to A. Zverev)

- Mischa Zverev, Finalist:  Geneva (l. to Wawrinka)

- Matthew Ebden, Finalist:  Newport (l. to Isner)

- Yannick Hanfmann, Finalist:  Gstaad (l. to Fognini)

- Filip Krajinovic, Finalist:  Paris (l. to Sock)

Best Result by Lucky Losers in 2017

- Andrey Rublev, Champion: Umag (d. Lorenzi)

- Leonardo Mayer, Champion: Hamburg (d. F. Mayer)

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MISCELLANEOUS FACTS & FIGURES

The last time in 2017 that...

• The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds reached a final: No. 2 Roger Federer d. No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Shanghai. There were four meetings between the top two seeds in a final in 2017.

• The top four seeds reached the SF: Basel (1. Federer, 2. Cilic, 3. Goffin, 4. Del Potro). This happened three times in 2017.

• The top eight seeds reached the QF: Stockholm

• There was an all-unseeded final (5 times in 2017): Denis Istomin d. Marcos Baghdatis, Chengdu

• An all-30 & over final (12 times in 2017): Roger Federer (36) d. Rafael Nadal (31), Shanghai

• An unseeded player won a title (14 times in 2017): Lucas Pouille, Vienna

• A player won a title without losing serve: John Isner, Newport (39 games – no break points faced)

• A player won both singles and doubles titles: Alexander Zverev, Montpellier (doubles w/brother Mischa)

• A player outside the Top 100 won a title: No. 138 Leonardo Mayer, Hamburg (d. F. Mayer)

• There was an all-left-hander final: Rafael Nadal d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Monte-Carlo

• A wild card won a title: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Antwerp (d. Schwartzman)

• There was an all-wild card final: Novak Djokovic d. Gael Monfils, Eastbourne

• A lucky loser won a title: Leonardo Mayer, Hamburg (d. F. Mayer)

• A qualifier won a title: Peter Gojowczyk, Metz (d. Paire)

• A teenager won a title: Andrey Rublev (19), Umag (d. Lorenzi)

More 2017 fast facts:

• The longest singles tie-break: 20-18, Murray d. Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 7-6(18), 6-1, Dubai QF

• The longest doubles tie-break: 14-12, Knowle/Marrero d. Altmaier/Haas 7-6(12), 7-6(4), Hamburg 1R

• The longest match tie-break: 22-20, Reid/Smith d. Hsieh/Peng 4-6, 6-4, 22-20, Newport 1R

• Left-handers went 9-14 in finals after going 8-6 in 2016 (Nadal-6, Muller-2, and Lopez won titles)

• Players winning the first set in finals won 56 of 67 times (83.6%)

 2017 ATP WORLD TOUR LEADERS

Final Appearances Match Wins
1. Rafael Nadal: 10 (6-4) 1. Rafael Nadal: 67-11
2. Roger Federer: 8 (7-1) 2. David Goffin: 59-24
3. Alexander Zverev: 6 (5-1)

3. Alexander Zverev: 55-22

4. Grigor Dimitrov: 5 (4-1) 4. Roger Federer: 52-5
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 5 (4-1) 5. Grigor Dimitrov: 49-19
    David Goffin: 5 (2-3)     Dominic Thiem: 49-27

Record By Surface

 On Clay  On Hard
 1. Rafael Nadal: 24-1  1. David Goffin: 43-17
 2. Dominic Thiem: 24-5  2. Roger Federer: 40-4
 3. Albert Ramos-Vinolas: 22-13  3. Rafael Nadal: 40-9
 4. Pablo Carreno Busta: 20-9  4. Grigor Dimitrov: 39-11
 5. Diego Schwartzman: 17-12  5. Damir Dzumhur & Jack Sock: 33-16
 On Grass  Indoors
 1. Roger Federer: 12-1  1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 21-5
 2. Marin Cilic: 12-3  2. David Goffin: 20-8
 3. Gilles Muller: 11-2  3. Grigor Dimitrov: 15-3
 4. Feliciano Lopez: 9-2  4. Damir Dzumhur: 15-4
 5. Alexander Zverev: 9-3  5. Nikoloz Basilashvili: 12-4 

Top 10 Wins
 Tie-Break Wins  Versus Left-Handers
1. Roger Federer: 14-2 1. John Isner: 42-26 1. Roger Federer: 10-0
2. Rafael Nadal: 12-6 2. Jack Sock: 22-10 2. Novak Djokovic: 10-1
3. Grigor Dimitrov: 8-5 3. Roger Federer: 21-9

3. Rafael Nadal: 9-2 

4. David Goffin: 7-6 4. David Goffin: 21-17 4. Pablo Carreno Busta: 9-3
5. Alexander Zverev: 7-7 5. Gilles Muller: 19-10 5. David Goffin: 9-4

Nadal and Federer, who finished the season at No. 1 and No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, dominated the biggest tournaments of the season. They were a combined 89-10 at Grand Slams and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. And while the Spaniard earned the most wins at those events (51), the Swiss had the highest combined winning percentage (95%).

 Grand Slam Wins ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Wins 
1. Rafael Nadal: 23-2  1. Rafael Nadal: 28-6
2. Roger Federer: 18-1 (No Roland Garros)  2. Alexander Zverev: 21-7
3. Dominic Thiem: 14-4

3. Roger Federer: 20-1

4. Marin Cilic: 13-4 4. Nick Kyrgios: 16-5 

5. Kevin Anderson & Andy Murray: 12-3 (No Australian Open, No US Open)

5. John Isner & Jack Sock: 15-7

When a match goes to a decisive set, anything can happen. 

But one player excelled more than any other in that department this season: Goffin. The Belgian won 22 of 28 deciders in 2017, and perhaps most impressively was 4-1 against the Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. 

Federer won all five of his five-setters this year, claiming three victories in decisive sets at the Australian Open to win his first Grand Slam since 2012 Wimbledon. 

Decisive-Set Wins (Third/Fifth Set) Fifth-Set Wins
1. David Goffin: 22-6 1. Roger Federer: 5-0
2. Jack Sock & Alexander Zverev: 18-10 2. Viktor Troicki & Mischa Zverev: 4-0 
4. Albert Ramos-Vinolas: 18-14 4. Santiago Giraldo & Sam Querrey: 3-0 
5. Fabio Fognini: 15-7  

Two of the great marks of successful players are how they close out a match and how they face adversity. So it was no surprise that Rafael Nadal was nearly perfect in 2017 after gaining a lead, winning 61 of 63 matches after capturing the first set. His only two losses in such a situation came against Canadians — Milos Raonic in Brisbane and Denis Shapovalov in Montreal. 

David Goffin earned the most come-from-behind victories on the ATP World Tour this year, winning 14 times after dropping the first set. That helped him qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time, where he would reach the final.

Wins After Winning First Set  Wins After Losing First Set 
1. Rafael Nadal: 61-2  1. David Goffin: 14-20
2. Alexander Zverev: 46-9 2. Albert Ramos-Vinolas: 11-20
3. Roger Federer: 45-3 3. Kei Nishikori: 10-9
4. David Goffin: 45-4 4. Damir Dzumhur: 10-22
5. Dominic Thiem: 43-5 5. Alexander Zverev: 9-13

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