Tennis gives numbers - Federer gets closer to Lendl! Murray makes disaster

Tennis - Many interesting stats from ATP Halle, Queen's, WTA Birmingham and Mallorca events

by Luigi Gatto
Tennis gives numbers - Federer gets closer to Lendl! Murray makes disaster

Many interesting stats in the second week of the grass-court season where four events - two ATP, two WTA - were played.


35 years and 10 months - Roger Federer's age. He became the oldest Halle winner in 25 tournament history. 
4 - Titles won by Federer this year: Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle. The only exceptions were Dubai (beaten by Donskoy) and Stuttgart (by Haas).
92 - Career-titles won by Federer, who gets closer more and more to Ivan Lendl (94), while is still far away from Jimmy Connors (109).
16 - Grass-court titles by Federer. In this special list he is first, ahead of Sampras (10) and Connors (9). 
140 - Career-finals at ATP level played by Federer: 92 won, 48 lost. Only Lendl (146) and Connors (164) played more. 
9 - Federer's titles in Halle. He joins Rafael Nadal as only men with 9+ titles at an event in Open Era. The Spaniard won won ten times in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros.
1 - Times where Zverev brothers, Alexander and Mischa, were defeated in the same tournament by an only player. Just Federer in Halle. 
7 - Times where Federer reached the Wimbledon final after winning in Halle. From 2003 to 2006 he won the title, in 2008, '14 and '15 he lost the final. Instead in 2013 he reached second round.
102 - Wins by Federer in less than an hour play. The one against Yuichi Sugita (52 mins) and Alexander Zverev (54 mins) are only the last ones.
1104 - Wins by Federer in his professional career. In this special list he is only behind Jimmy Connors (1,256). 
59 - Matches won in Halle by Federer in 15 appearances: 9 titles, 4 semifinals, 2 quarter-finals.
2 - Finals lost on one day by Zverev. On Sunday not only the loss in singles came, but also in doubles alongside Mischa to Kubot/Melo.
3 - Surfaces where Zverev played finals this year: he won in Montpellier (hard), Munich and Rome (clay), lost in Halle (grass). 
24 - Withdrawals or walkovers for Kei Nishikori in career. The most impressive thing is that in all the last five tournaments played on grass he retired! Also, in Halle since 2015 he was always forced to pull out.
6 - Top 10 players beaten in Queen's and Halle before quarters. In the British event Murray, Wawrinka, Raonic, Tsonga. In Germany Thiem and Nishikori.


- Match points saved by Feliciano Lopez at Queen's: against Berdych at quarter-finals, against Cilic in the final. 
72 - Matches won on grass by Lopez. Among active players, only Federer (157) and Murray (102) did better.
71 - Federer and Lopez's age combined. Including also Estrella Burgos in Quito, it'd the first season since 2015 where players who are 35 or over won titles in the same season. 
- Cilic's losses on grass, with many regrets: final lost at Queen's without converting a match point, semifinals lost to Ivo Karlovic at 's-Hertogenbosch in the third set tie-break and quarter-finals lost to Roger Federer in 2016 Wimbledon after having three match points.
69 - Aces hit by Cilic in five matches played. He did better than Karlovic (64) in 's-Hertogenbosch, although the Croatian played four matches.2 - Times that Andy Murray lost to a lucky loser in the last six weeks. It happened in Madrid against Borna Coric and now at Queen's against Jordan Thompson.

90 - Thompson's position in the Rankings. Murray had not lost to a such low ranked player since 2010 Queen's against World No. 90 Mardy Fish.
14 - Matches that Murray had won on grass in a row before match against Thompson. 12 in Queen's and Wimbledon last year, 2 in July 2015 during Davis Cup quarter-finals against France.
9 - Murray's losses this year and only 21 wins. In the whole 2016 season Andy had won 78 matches and lost just nine!
136 - Consecutive matches since 2015 US Open that Murray had broken his opponent at least once per match. This streak was broken against Thompson.
3 - First three seeds that were beaten at first round level at the Queen's on Tuesday: Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic. It's the first time it happens in Open Era at event and first time anywhere on ATP Tour since 2016 Kitzbuhel.
698 - Thanasi Kokkinakis's position in the rankings before Queen's. He became the lowest-ranked player to beat Top 6 opponent since No. 1,013 Darren Cahill beat No. 6 Ivanisevic at 1994 Indian Wells.
2 - Australians that beat for the first time in their career a top 10 player in the same week and in the same event (Queen's). They are Thompson and Kokkinakis. 
1 - Wawrinka's win at Queen's in the last three years. He reached the second round beating Nick Kyrgios in 2015, then he always lost in the opening match to Fernando Verdasco in 2016 and Feliciano Lopez this year.
5 - British players beaten in the first round at Queen's: Murray, Kyle Edmund, James Ward, Cameron Norrie, Naomi Broady. It's the first time that an host nation goes without a win at this event since 1983.
11 - Match points saved by Nikolaz Basilahvili against Gilles Muller, who still prevailed on 12th by 6/4 6/7(17) 6/4.


20 - Career titles by Petra Kvitova. Surely the one in Birmingham, the first one since Zhuhai in November last year, is special, since it was the first title since her come back. Only other six active players won 20 titles or more.
- It was the "first times" week for Ashleigh Barty: first Premier final, first win over a top 20 player and first grass-court final. 
54 - Barty's current ranking. A year ago she didn't have any ranking position as she had stop competing for almost two years.
21 - Tournaments played without reaching since when she won her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros for Garbine Muguruza.
- Years that Anastasija Sevastova waited to win a WTA title again. In 2010 she triumphed at Oeiras, last week in Mallorca the second title came.
63 - Places in the rankings earned by Sevastova in the last 12 months. Before 2016 Mallorca she was No. 82, now No. 19.
5 - Years that Julia Goerges waited to win a grass-court match again. Last win before this year's Mallorca event came in 2012 Olympics at Wimbledon.
7 - Months that Sabine Lisicki waited to win a match again. After reaching quarter-finals in Honolulu in November, the German player took a long break to recover from tennis. She came back in the Mallorcan event where she reached quarters.

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