The 2016 ATP World Tour season has kicked off and the New Year promises much.
With the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year scheduled to get underway in two weeks’ time down under; the Race to Glory for the top players has already started.
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Tennis never bores you and the new season will bring over-loaded doses of excitement and non-stop action. With the Rio Olympics in 2016, the top-quality tennis on offer is just too difficult to miss.
A new season always comes with new stats, numbers, records and data. In 2015, Novak Djokovic produced one of the best seasons in the history of the game. Can the Serbian be the first man since Rod Laver (in 1969) to hold all the four majors at the same time or can someone achieve a Calendar Grand Slam in 2016?
Sport360 looks into the statistical landmarks and milestones, which the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray will be aiming to achieve in 2016.
Most Appearances in Grand Slam Main Draw – Roger Federer (66 Slams) will try to match Fabrice Santoro (70 Slams) for the Most Grand Slam Main Draw appearances ever (Singles).
300 – Federer (297 Slam Wins) needs three more wins at Grand Slam level to become the first man to win 300 matches at Majors. He is the all-time leader, comfortably ahead of second placed Jimmy Connors (233 Slam Wins). Nadal (198 Slam Wins) will look to join the 200 Grand Slam match wins club.
36 – Djokovic’s (26) chase to break Federer’s record of reaching 36 consecutive quarter-finals is definitely on the cards.
50 – The Swiss star (46) will try to become the first man to reach 50 Grand Slam quarter-finals but he needs to reach the last eight in all four majors during the year.
15 – Nadal will attempt to surpass Pete Sampras (14) and move into second position in the All-time Grand Slam Winners’ charts.
6 – Djokovic (5) can match Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles with a victory down under (currently holds the Open Era record). And if he claims a sixth win in Melbourne, he will join the likes of Bjorn Borg (6 RG), Sampras (7 WIM), Federer (7 WIM) and Nadal (9 RG) as the only players to have won six or more titles at one Grand Slam event.
8 – Federer (7) will attempt to become the all-time title leader at Wimbledon with another victory at SW19 – he currently shares the All-time & Open Era record of seven titles with Sampras and William Renshaw.
6 – Federer will attempt to become the Open Era title leader at the US Open in New York as he currently shares the Open Era record with Sampras and Connors.
70 – Federer will attempt to become the first man to record 70 match wins at all Grand Slams. He needs to win five matches at Roland Garros to achieve this record. His record is AO – 75 wins, RG – 65 wins, WIM – 79 wins, USO – 78 wins.
75 – Nadal (70) will attempt to surpass Guillermo Vilas (75) for the most Grand Slam matches won on clay.
10 – Nadal (9 RG) will attempt to become the first man to win 10 titles at one Grand Slam event. Djokovic (10 Slams) will look to surpass Borg (11 Slams) and move into fourth position in the all-time Grand Slam winners list (Open-Era).
94 – Federer has 88 titles overall and will hope to go past Ivan Lendl’s tally of 94 in 2016. Ivan Lendl currently occupies second position in the all-time list behind Connors (109).
49 – Nadal (47 clay-court titles) will be hoping to break Vilas’ all-time record of 49 and he could also become the first man to win 50 titles on clay.
66/65 – The race for the most titles outdoor is on, as Federer (66) and Rafa (65) will battle for the honors.
9/8 – The race for the most titles at a single event is on as Federer (8 – Halle) will try to join Nadal (9 – Roland Garros). The Spaniard can add some more measure to this record by winning in Monte Carlo (8) and Barcelona (8).
1300 – Federer will try to become the third man after Connors (1532) and Lendl (1310) to play in 1300 Tour Level matches.
1071 – Federer (1059) will attempt to surpass Lendl (1071) and move into second position for the most matches won on the tour in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors (1254) is the All-time Leader.
800/700 – Nadal (767), Djokovic (686) & David Ferrer (657) will look to join the 800 and 700 match wins club respectively.
812 – Federer (795) will attempt to surpass Guillermo Vilas (812) for the most tour matches won outdoors.
700/600 – Nadal (692), Djokovic (561) & David Ferrer (556) will look to join the 700 and 600 outdoor match wins club respectively.
700/500 – Federer (660) will attempt to become the first man to win 700 matches on a single surface (HARD) in the Open Era. Djokovic (451) will look to join the 500 Hard-Court wins club.
83.67% – The battle for the best winning % on hard is on, as current Leader Djokovic (83.67%) leads Federer (82.81%).
150 – Federer (142) will attempt to become the second man after Connors (170) to register 150 match wins on grass in the Open Era.
50 – Djokovic (45) will attempt to become the second man after Federer (60) to win 50+ titles on Hard.
100 – Nadal (98) will attempt to join the 100 ATP World Tour Finals Club in 2016, thereby becoming the 6th man to achieve this feat.
82.75% – The race for the best overall winning % in the Open Era is definitely on as Nadal (82.74%) and Djokovic (82.45%) battle for the honors. Swedish legend Borg is the current leader with a winning % of 82.745%.
200 – Federer (197) will attempt to become the first man to win 200 matches against Top 10 Opposition.
74.38% – Djokovic (74.07%) will attempt to better the Deciding Set record held by Borg (for minimum 100 wins).
ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS, MASTERS 1000, 500, 250
6 – Djokovic (5) will look to join Federer (6) as the most decorated ATP World Tour Finals Champion in history. In 2015, the World No.1 became the first man to win four consecutive year-end championships.
27/26/24 – The battle for the most decorated Masters 1000 player ever is on as Nadal (27), Novak Djokovic (26) and Roger Federer (24) look to add to their glittering CVs.
42/41/38 – The battle for the Most Finals played at the Masters level is on as Federer (42), Nadal (41) and Djokovic (38) will battle for the honors.
Career Golden Masters – Djokovic will attempt to become the first man to sweep all the Masters 1000 titles (winning all the 9 Masters 1000 events at least once). Only the Cincinnati Crown is missing from his cabinet (five times runner-up). With Federer not participating in Monte Carlo and Rome this year, Nadal could have a chance to win the Career Golden Masters by winning in Miami and Paris (has not won Shanghai but won Madrid in 2005). In 2015, Novak produced the best ever season at the Masters 1000 level – winning six titles, reaching eight finals and winning 39 matches (39-2).
300 – Djokovic (267) will attempt to join Federer (327) and Nadal (302) as the third player to have won 300+ matches at Masters Level. Murray (183) could join the 200 Masters match wins club this season.
83.44% – The chase for the best winning % at the Masters Level will endure as Nadal (82.51%) and Djokovic (82.15%) will try to go ahead of all-time leader Borg (83.44%).
19/18 – The battle for the most Masters 1000 titles on Hard is on as Djokovic (19) and Roger Federer (18) tussle for that honour.
15 – Federer will look to join Andre Agassi as the only players to won a Masters title over a span of 15 years; Agassi (1990-2004) & Federer (2002-2015).
4 – Djokovic, who has won two Masters 1000 crowns back-to-back, will look to break the record for the most consecutive Masters titles won (the current record of four consecutive Masters titles is jointly held by Nadal (2013) and Djokovic (2013–2014, 2014–2015).
5 – Djokovic, who has reached five consecutive Masters 1000 finals, will look to break the record for the most consecutive Masters finals played (the current record of five consecutive Masters finals is jointly held by Nadal (2011, 2013) and Djokovic (2015). Djokovic is currently on a record nine Consecutive Masters finals streak (including skipped events; DNP Madrid). He shares this record with Ivan Lendl.
34y 101d – Federer will look to become the oldest Masters winner as he tries to break Agassi’s record of 34y 101d (won Cincinnati 2004). Federer is the second oldest Masters winner; won Cincinnati 2015 at 34y 15d.
35y 107d – Federer will look to become the oldest finalist at Masters level as he tries to break Andre Agassi’s record of 35y 107d (Montreal 2005). Federer is the second oldest Masters Finalist; reached the final and won Cincinnati 2015 at 34y 15d.
8 – Federer (Cincinnati x7) will attempt to become the second man after Nadal (Monte Carlo x8) to win eight titles at the same Masters event. Rafa has also won seven titles at Rome.
Indian Wells – Federer (4) and Novak Djokovic (4) will attempt to become the most decorated champion at the tournament.
Miami – Djokovic (5) will look to match Agassi’s record of 6 titles at the Miami Masters.
Madrid– Nadal (4) will look to become the most decorated champion at the Madrid Masters – he currently shares the record of four titles with Boris Becker.
Shanghai – Murray (2) and Djokovic (3) will battle it out to become the most decorated champion at the Shanghai Masters.
17/16 – Federer (17 titles) and Nadal (16 titles) are in a race for the most successful ATP World Tour 500 Series champion (1990 onwards). They have also played the most finals at ATP 500 Level – Federer (23) & Nadal (21).
26 – Federer (24 titles) will attempt to become the most decorated champion at the ATP 250 Level (1990 onwards) if he manages to surpass the current all-time leader – Thomas Muster (26 titles). Federer, Muster and Andy Roddick have played the most finals at the ATP 250 Level – 32.
2 – Nadal (2008 Gold) and Murray (2012 Gold) will look to become the first man to win two Singles Gold medals at the Olympics. The Big four each have one Singles medal to their name (Federer – Silver 2012; Djokovic – Bronze 2008).
5 – Federer will become the first man to participate in five different editions of the Olympics (2000 Sydney – 2016 Rio) in the Open Era and he shares the current record of four appearances with Croat Goran Ivanišević and Romanian Andrei Pavel.
200 – Djokovic (180 Weeks) is on his way to becoming the fifth man to hold the No.1 ranking for more than 200 weeks after Federer (302), Sampras (286), Lendl (270), Connors (268).
100 – Djokovic (79 Weeks) is on his way to becoming the fifth man to hold the No.1 ranking for more than 100 consecutive weeks after Federer (237), Connors (160), Lendl (157), Sampras (102).
300 – Djokovic (251 Weeks) will look to become the third man after Federer (346) and Connors (300) to be ranked in the Top 2 consecutively for 300+ weeks.
600 – Federer (595 Weeks) is aiming to become the first man to be ranked in the Top 3 for 600 Weeks.
700 – Federer (691 Weeks) will look to become the second man after Connors (788) to be ranked in the Top 10 consecutively for 700+ weeks.
5 – Djokovic will be aiming to finish as the Year-End No.1 for the fifth time in the last 6 years. He will also be hoping to become the first man to hold the No.1 ranking in every week of the year in back-to-back seasons since Federer in 2005-2007.
THE BIG NUMBERS IN 2016
8 – Djokovic is currently on a 5-title streak (USO, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, London) and will attempt to surpass the record for the most consecutive titles in a row. The current record of eight titles in a row is jointly held by Borg (1979-80), Lendl (1981-82) and McEnroe (1983-84).
18 – Djokovic is currently on a 15 Consecutive Final streak (AO to WTF) and will attempt to surpass Lendl’s (1981-82) all-time record of playing 18 finals in a row.
Tie-Break King – Federer (64.8%) will attempt to become the most successful Tie-break player ever if he manages to surpass the great Arthur Ashe (64.9%).
10000 – Federer (9488 Aces) will look to become the third man after Ivanišević and Ivo Karlovic to hit 10000+ aces.
Best Rivalry – Nadal-Djokovic (46 meetings) and Federer-Djokovic (44 meetings) are in a race to become the most played match-ups in tennis history.
$100 MM – Roger Federer ($97.3 MM) and Novak Djokovic ($94 MM) are in a race to becoming the first $100 million MAN in TENNIS (prize money – Singles + Doubles).