Indoor Tennis is the flavour of the season as the 2016 ATP World Tour nears its end. Indoor tennis always brings a different dimension with controlled conditions devoid of atmospheric factors.
The spotlight will be on the fascinating battle for the World No. 1 ranking between Serb Novak Djokovic and Brit Andy Murray. Djokovic, who has been perched at the top of the ATP rankings for the last 27 months, has Murray breathing down his neck.
Andy Murray has taken full advantage of Djokovic’s struggles in the second half of the season with the Serb’s once insurmountable lead (almost twice the points of 2nd-ranked Murray at one stage) tracked down by the Brit.
Djokovic currently leads Murray by 915 points in the ATP Race to London, thus the battle for the World No.1 will decided during the indoor season.
Here, Sport360 brings to you all the records, stats and historical numbers from Indoor Tennis
53 – Indoor titles for American great Jimmy Connors – the most indoor titles in the Open Era. He is followed by John McEnroe (52 titles) and Ivan Lendl (42 titles).
469 – Indoor match wins for Connors (469-103) – the most indoor match wins. Connors is followed by McEnroe (419-72) and Ivan Lendl (341-70).
22 – Roger Federer is the leader amongst the active players with 22 indoor titles (from 35 finals). Federer is also the active match wins leader with 264 victories indoors. He has the best winning percentage indoors amongst the active players too (264-64; 80.5%).
76 – Indoor finals for Jimmy Connors – the most in the Open-Era. He is followed by McEnroe (69 finals) and Lendl (62 finals)
85.3% – Indoor win-loss record for John McEnroe (419-72 W-L) – the best percentage indoors.
33 – Starting from the 2012 World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic has won 33 of the 34 matches he has contested at the Paris Masters & ATP World Tour Finals (combined). His only loss came last year when Roger Federer beat him in a World Tour Finals round-robin match. He’s won the last three Paris Masters titles and the last four ATP World Tour Finals (both Open-Era records).
15 – Consecutive indoor titles for John McEnroe (1983-85) – the all-time record.
19 – Consecutive indoor finals for Ivan Lendl (1983-86) – the all-time record.
91.67% – Former world No. 4 Thomas Enqvist holds the record for the best finals to titles conversion indoors (minimum 10 finals). The Swede won 11 of the 12 finals he played indoors (91.67% conversion). Djokovic has the best conversion amongst active players, having won 12 of the 14 indoor finals (85.71% conversion) he’s played.
43.7% – John McEnroe won 52 indoor titles of the 119 events entered – a staggering 43.7% strike rate.
9 – Indoor titles won by Ivan Lendl in 1982 – the most indoor titles won in a single season in the Open Era.
20 – Meetings between arch-rivals Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg – the ATP record for most meetings indoor. Becker leads the indoor head-to-head 16-4.
66 – Consecutive indoor matches won by Ivan Lendl (1981-83) – the best winning streak indoors. John McEnroe enjoyed a 53-match win-streak indoors (1983-84).
38 – Djokovic enjoyed a 38-match win-streak indoors between 2012 and 2015. The streak started at the 2012 World Tour Finals and ended with a defeat to Federer at the 2015 World Tour Finals.
Most Masters Titles (Indoor) – 11 – John McEnroe (USA)
Most Masters Titles (Indoor) since 1990 – 5 – Boris Becker (GER)
Youngest Indoor Champion – Michael Chang (USA) – 16y 7m – 1988 San Francisco
Oldest Indoor Champion – Pancho Gonzales (USA) – 43y 8m – 1972 Des Moines Open
4 – Players have won the Paris Double (Roland Garros + Paris Masters) – Ilie Năstase, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
1 – Andre Agassi is the only player to achieve the Paris Double (Roland Garros + Paris Masters) in the same calendar year (1999). Djokovic will be attempting to achieve this feat in 2016 (as he will enter Paris as the defending champion).
3 – Novak is also the only player to successfully defend the title at Bercy (2013-2015).
45% – titles won by the Big 4 (Nadal, Federer, Murray, Djokovic) at the Paris Masters since 2005 (5 of 11 editions), the worst conversion rate for the Big 4 at any Masters event. (Since 2005, they own a minimum 80% conversion at the other eight Masters events).
12 – Finals contested by Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors (2000-01, 2006-15) – the record for the most finals at a single event in the Open Era.
7 – Titles for Federer at the Swiss Indoors; the record for the most titles at an indoor event in the Open Era.
10 – Straight Finals contested by Federer at the Swiss Indoors – the only man in the Open Era to compete in 10 straight finals at a single tournament.