Nadal Continues 'Big Titles' March
Spaniard claimed his 46th ‘Big Title’ with victory at the US Open
Rafael Nadal turned up the heat on rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in their domination of the ‘Big Titles’ leaderboard by winning his third US Open trophy – and 16th major overall – last Sunday in New York.
In defeating Kevin Anderson to capture the final major of the season, Nadal earned his fourth ‘Big Title’ of 2017, having already won his 10th titles at Roland Garros and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters as well as his fifth Mutua Madrid Open. The Spaniard now has a combined 46 ‘Big Titles’ — a collection of Grand Slams, Masters 1000 events and Nitto ATP Finals — putting him one behind Novak Djokovic’s 47 and within five of leader Roger Federer, who holds 51.
Djokovic still has the best conversion rate, capturing one ‘Big Title’ for every 3.4 events played. But Nadal is close behind with a ratio of 3.5. Djokovic and Nadal share the record for 30 Masters 1000 titles won; Federer has 26 Masters 1000s titles.
Current and Former Champions' Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)
|Player||Grand Slams||ATP Finals
|Roger Federer||19/71||6/14||26/126||51/211 (4.1)|
|Novak Djokovic||12/51||5/10||30/98||47/159 (3.4)|
|Rafael Nadal||16/50||0/7||30/105||46/160 (3.5)|
|Pete Sampras||14/52||5/11||11/83||30/146 (4.9)|
|Andre Agassi||8/61||1/13||17/90||26/164 (6.3)|
|Andy Murray||3/46||1/8||14/96||18/148 (8.2)|
|Boris Becker*||2/26||2/6||5/51||9/83 (9.2)|
|Thomas Muster||1/29||0/4||8/53||9/86 (9.6)|
|Gustavo Kuerten||3/33||1/3||5/67||9/103 (11.4)|
|Jim Courier||4/38||0/4||5/71||9/113 (12.6)|
|Stefan Edberg**||3/28||0/4||1/24||4/56 (14)|
|Marcelo Rios||0/26||0/1||5/56||5/83 (16.6)|
|Michael Chang||1/50||0/6||7/86||8/142 (17.8)|
|Marat Safin||2/41||0/3||5/87||7/131 (18.7)|
|Andy Roddick||1/46||0/6||5/75||6/127 (21.2)|
* Becker's four other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg's three other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
Earlier this year Nadal qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the 13th consecutive season, yet surprisingly he has never captured the title at the season finale. Victory in London from 12-19 November would also likely clinch for Nadal the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for the fourth time (2008, 2010, 2013). He currently leads the effective two-man race for the honour with five-time year-end No. 1 Federer, with whom he has shared this year’s four Grand Slam titles.
Federer qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the 15th time after winning his eighth Wimbledon crown in July, which followed his Australian Open triumph in January. He also added ‘Big Titles’ at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, winning the ‘Sunshine Double’ for the third time in his career.
Nadal still has plenty to play for in 2017. He has never won the three ‘Big Titles’ still on the table this season - the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Rolex Paris Masters and the Nitto ATP Finals. He was the beaten finalist at the season finale in 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2013 (l. to Djokovic).
Federer has won the Nitto ATP Finals a record six times, most recently in 2011, but has a more modest record in Shanghai and Paris, winning both tournaments just once.