Nadal joins 1,000 matches club but where does Rafa rank?

Sport360 staff 27/03/2017

Rafael Nadal came back from an awful first set to defeat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 and advance to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

It was the 1,000th ATP match of the Spaniard’s stellar career and of the ten other players to have reached and gone beyond that landmark – Nadal has the highest winning percentage at 82.19%.

Here’s a breakdown of the players that have played the most singles matches in men’s tennis history, as well as their overall win-loss record and winning percentage.

Nadal, Roger Federer and David Ferrer are the only three players who are still active in the list.

Nadal creeps into the 1,000 club at No.11 – what do you make of of the stats?

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11 Rafael Nadal

Matches Played: 1,000

Win-Loss record: 822-178

Win percentage: 82.19%

10) Brian Gottfried

Matches Played: 1,004

Win-Loss record: 680–324

Win percentage: 67.73%

9) David Ferrer

Matches Played: 1,034

Win-Loss record: 696-338

Win percentage: 67.31%

8) Stefan Edberg

Matches Played: 1,071

Win-Loss record: 801-270

Win percentage: 74.79%

7) John McEnroe

Matches Played: 1,075

Win-Loss record: 877-198

Win percentage: 81.58%

6) Ilie Nastase

Matches Played: 1,085

Win-Loss record: 780-305

Win percentage: 71.89%

5) Andre Agassi

Matches Played: 1,144

Win-Loss record: 870-274

Win percentage: 76.05%

4) Guillermo Vilas

Matches Played: 1,215

Win-Loss record: 929-286

Win percentage: 76.46%

3) Ivan Lendl

Matches Played: 1,310

Win-Loss record: 1,068-242

Win percentage: 81.52%

2) Roger Federer

Matches Played: 1,340

Win-Loss record: 1,094-246

Win percentage: 81.79%

1) Jimmy Connors

Matches Played: 1,535

Win-Loss record: 1,256-279

Win percentage: 81.82%

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Is there another shake-up at the top in tennis?

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Stan's the Man in Miami: Wawrinka is the top seed in Key Biscayne.

Stan Wawrinka’s first experience as a top seed at a Masters 1000 event has gone smoothly so far as the Swiss comfortably set up a Miami Open third round meeting against Malek Jaziri thanks to a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos on Saturday.

In the absence of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who are both nursing right elbow injuries, Wawrinka finds himself at the top of the draw for the first time at an event at this level and the Swiss world No3 seems unfazed by the occasion.

Murray and Djokovic have had somewhat of an inconsistent start to 2017. While each of them has captured a title in the first three months of the year, they both uncharacteristically lost early at the Australian Open last January. Murray also lost his opener to world No129 Vasek Pospisil in Indian Wells earlier this month while Djokovic suffered two losses to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

The world top-two’s shock defeats have made way for the resurgence of Roger Federer, who returned from a six-month injury layoff to win the Australian Open in his first official tournament back, followed by a title run at Indian Wells.

Rafael Nadal has also slowly gathered some steam thanks to making finals in Melbourne and Acapulco.

Does Wawrinka sense there could be an opportunity for him to finally crack the top-two for the first time?

“Yes and no. Yes because for sure if you look, Andy and Novak, they’ve been struggling the first three months of the year. That’s it. They are a little bit injured now, so we’re going to see what’s going to happen. But you have Roger playing so well. Rafa also playing well,” Wawrinka told reporters in Miami ahead of his third round against Tunisia’s Jaziri on Monday.

“Again, the opportunity can only come if you play well, only if you win matches, win tournaments, win big tournaments. That’s all I’m focused on. I don’t accept to improve my ranking just because another player is not playing well. I expect to improve my ranking if I deserve it and if I make the point, make the win. That’s it.”

Nadal is No2 in the ATP Race to London, behind leader Federer, and is slowly approaching his previous grand slam-winning form. He still tips Murray and Djokovic though to rule the roost and is not ready to make any bold declarations about himself just yet.

“The year just started,” said the Mallorcan. “We have nine Masters 1000s, we only played one. We have four grand slams, we only played one. We have a lot of 500 tournaments; we only played couple of them. So it’s true that Roger started unbelievable and that’s great. Is true that probably Andy and Novak didn’t start as well as they did last couple of years. But in my opinion, they are probably favourites because they have been there for the last couple of years playing more consistently than what we did.

“So it’s very early. I feel that I am playing well. I can talk about myself. It’s obvious that Roger is playing great, but the year just started. Just let’s see what happens here, and let’s see what happens especially for me after this tournament that I have five tournaments that probably – not the most important of the year, but one of the most important.”

Canadian world No5 Milos Raonic is back from a one-month hamstring injury layoff and has been following the action from afar.

He echoed Nadal’s views and feels the momentum can swing suddenly in the world of tennis.

“I think it’s just like an opening. I think Roger stepped up and he’s played some great tennis. He’s really stepped up,” said the 26-year-old Raonic.

“Obviously Novak hasn’t been at his best, Andy hasn’t been at his best, so it’s been Roger’s year so far. But at the same time, it’s a year that’s long. Andy, throughout these two tournaments last year, didn’t play so well, and then all of a sudden he gets on a very strong tear throughout clay, grass, and finishes the season and the year No1.

“So there is plenty more tennis to be played, as I’m sure everybody is well aware of and guys are working towards.”

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Down the line: The highs and lows from Indian Wells

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V for Vesnina: Elena Vesnina with her Indian Wells trophy.

An eventful 10 days in Indian Wells have gone by and the tennis tours have immediately switched coasts from California to Florida for the Miami Open this week.

Here’s a look at the main high and lows from Indian Wells…


Elena Vesnina

Shelby Rogers, Timea Babos, Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Kristina Mladenovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova – that is one impressive list of scalps Vesnina has claimed en route to the title. Her form during the fortnight and fighting ability, particularly in the final was matched by her eloquence in the press conference room. She really is the full package.


Pablo Carreno Busta

Not many may have noticed but the Spaniard has made the semis or better in his last four tournaments.  His run to the last-four in Indian Wells has taken him into the top-20 for the first time in his career. He is Spain’s No3 player right now and is propped nicely at No7 in the Race to London.


Vasek Pospisil over Andy Murray

It was the loss no one saw coming. After claiming the Dubai title, it looked like Murray was back on track and he was determined to do well in Indian Wells. Instead, he lost for a first time in five meetings with the 119th-ranked Pospisil and later pulled out of the Miami Open with a right elbow injury.


Yoshihito Nishioka

The 21-year-old Japanese only entered the draw as a lucky loser but made the most out of his second chance, battling his way into the fourth round, thanks to a stunning comeback from 1-6, 2-5 down against Tomas Berdych. He then fell to eventual runner-up Stan Wawrinka 7-6 in the third.


Mark Petchey

Andy Murray’s ex-coach and current commentator said this after the epic three-hour women’s final: “So those fans in Europe and elsewhere who have organised their day around this men’s match you feel this delay is acceptable?”

Such an uninformed and incomprehensible comment from someone who knows very well that the concept of “followed by” and “not before” is the norm in tennis scheduling. Instead of complaining about the so-called “delayed” start of the men’s final, how about paying credit to Vesnina and Kuznetsova who battled in scorching conditions (they were scheduled at 11:00am) for three hours playing some thrilling tennis?

Here’s Vesnina’s response when told about the remarks made on social media: “People will always be upset. Either it’s a short final, now we have a long final. I mean, they put us in the schedule at 11:00am. We play final at 11:00. We showed the great match out there, you know.

“It was a big fight. I think in Russia they showed the whole match. And I will tell you, to be honest, in Russia we don’t have tennis at all on the TV live on the main channel.

“So I think that’s great for woman’s sport, great for woman tennis. Me and Svetlana, I think we should proud how we actually were fighting and the quality of the tennis was really high.

“Even people will say, Okay, the next final was a little bit delay. Come on, guys. You know, you had one of the best match in the final you can have, you know. It was, like, ups and downs. And the underdog won, you know, (smiling). I think this is the best scenario. Then you still have Roger in the final. You still will see him, you know. I think he won. I don’t know if he won or not.

“It’s always going to be like this. People will be upset about something, you know. But in the end of the day, the woman tennis will play three-sets match, like, nothing — not many people were expecting that I could win this match. It was so — I think, till the end, you couldn’t pick the winner. I think it was so interesting and so exciting to see this final. I’m proud of what we did with Svetlana today.”

Well said, Elena. Well said!

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