Rafael Nadal Leads Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in a Masters 1000 Record

Published 05/02/2021, 6:13 AM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World No.2 Rafael Nadal is short of one ATP Masters 1000 title from equaling his arch-rival Novak Djokovic’s record of 36 Masters 1000 trophies. With Djokovic having withdrawn from the upcoming 2021 Madrid Open, Nadal has a strong chance to match the Serbian.

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Recently, an interesting statistic was posted on Twitter by tennis analyst, Chris Goldsmith. The tweet listed down the percentage of matches won by male tennis players at the Masters 1000 events over their entire career. The list contained the names of players in decreasing order of their match-winning percentage.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Albert Gea

Rafael Nadal grabs the top spot on the list

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It was no surprise to see Nadal topping the list with an impressive match-winning percentage of 82.7%. Over his illustrious career, Nadal has reached an astonishing 51 Masters 1000 finals and has won 35 out of them.

Djokovic was a close second, with a match-winning percentage of 82.1% at Masters 1000 tournaments so far. The 18-time Grand Slam champion is the only player to have won each of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments at least twice.

The 39-year-old Roger Federer was a distinct third on the list, with a match-winning percentage of 77.9%. The Swiss Maestro has won 28 Masters 1000 titles which places him third on the list of most ATP Masters 1000 crowns won.

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Two former players featured in the top five of the list as Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras held the fourth and the fifth spot with a match-winning percentage of 74.1% and 73.1% respectively in Masters 1000 competitions.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Roger Federer of Switzerland serves during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Former Briton No.1 Andy Murray grabbed the 7th spot with a match-winning percentage of 71.9% while Andy Roddick held the tenth position with a match-winning percentage of 69.2% in Masters 1000 tournaments.

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Among the younger crop of players, Alexander Zverev found the 14th spot on the list. So far, Zverev has won 3 Masters 1000 titles with the last one coming at the 2018 Madrid Open. Since then, Zverev has reached three Masters 1000 finals but has ended as the runner-up on each occasion.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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