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Benhur
04-06-2009, 08:00 PM
Spurred by a thread on shutout statistics that seems to have disappeared (why do threads disappear so often when they contain valuable information???) I have done some lazy resarch on the topic. I have compared the amount of bagels and shutouts delivered by Connors, Lendl and McEnroe and came to the following conclusions:

BAGELS:

CONNORS
Note that I am missing the first three years of his career (70, 71 and 72) which do not appear at the ATP site. From 1973 until the time he retired, Connors delivered a total of 181 bagels according to my counting. I imagine adding those 3 missing years, his total would be around or close to 195, at least. Dividing the number of matches officially acknowledged by the ATP by the bagels I counted, it comes to about 1 every 6.8 matches.

LENDL
Lendl delivered a total of 152 bagles during the 1071 matches officially recognized by the ATP. Thatís 1 bagel every 7.0 matches.

MCENROE
McEnroe delivered 95 bagels in his official ATP carrer, one bagel every 9.2 matches

SHUTOUTS (meaning double bagels in best of 3 or triple bagels in best of 5)

Lendl has 6 shutouts, including a triple bagel at the 1987 USO. I didnít see any shutouts by Connors or McEnroe.

Looking into this made me realize Connorsí astounding longevity. Consider: McEnroe and Lendl were about 10 years old when he started playing on the tour. Mac and Lendl had relatively long careers themselves (playing until the ages of 32 and 34 respectively). Yet Connors was still playing almost 2 years after Lendl retired! And in 1995, at the venerable age of 43 (and with an unknown number of grandchildren scattered around the world) Connors still managed to bagel the German player Martin Sinner, who was 16 years younger than him and ranked 49 in the world (much higher than Connors). Amazing.

Well I hope others compile some bagel and shutout statistics on other great players. My guess is Connors is the bagel king, followed by Lendl; and Lendl the shutout king, at least in the open era, but I really don't know.

Mansewerz
04-06-2009, 08:03 PM
Who was on the receiving end of the shutout?

joe sch
04-06-2009, 08:43 PM
Seems like a golden bagel should be a scoreless set which means that one player gets no points during the set. This is actually defined as a Golden Set :

A set of tennis which is won 6-0 without dropping a single point. Only one player in the history of professional tennis has ever achieved this, Bill Scanlon (USA). It was against Marcos Hocevar (Brazil) in the first round of the WCT Gold Coast Classic at Del Ray (Florida, USA) on 22 February 1983. Bill Scanlon won the match 6-2, 6-0.

The golden bagel award was estlablished in 2004 so seems pretty meaningless in comparison since its such a short, limited time period.

The Golden Bagel Award is an award established in 2004 that honors the professional male tennis player who has handed out more "bagels" (sets won 6-0), than any other player on the circuit.[1] Swiss player Roger Federer is a two-time Golden Bagel Award winner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Bagel_Award

tudwell
04-06-2009, 08:48 PM
^^^How funny would it have been if he had gotten 5-0 40-0 and then lost his first point of the set!

RCizzle65
04-06-2009, 08:56 PM
Some very nice stats in this topic, someone posted this in another topic, doesn't have to do with your information but it's sort of related, some tripple and double bagles on this website
http://www.tennis28.com/slams/shortest_matches.html

Benhur
04-06-2009, 09:03 PM
Who was on the receiving end of the shutout?

Lendl def Arraya 6-0 6-0, Houston WCT, 1983

Lendl def Connors 6-0 6-0, Forest Hills WCT, 1984

Lendl def Moir 6-0 6-0 6-0, US Open 1987

Lendl def Limberger 6-0 6-0, Bordeaux 1992

Lendl def Massur, 6-0 6-0, Toronto, 1994 (this is the year Lendl retired, at 34)

Mansewerz
04-06-2009, 10:38 PM
Lendl def Arraya 6-0 6-0, Houston WCT, 1983

Lendl def Connors 6-0 6-0, Forest Hills WCT, 1984

Lendl def Moir 6-0 6-0 6-0, US Open 1987

Lendl def Limberger 6-0 6-0, Bordeaux 1992

Lendl def Massur, 6-0 6-0, Toronto, 1994 (this is the year Lendl retired, at 34)

Wow, the US Open against Moir really stands out. That is sick.

Also, giving connors a double bagel? Holy crap!

Benhur
04-07-2009, 01:21 PM
Wow, the US Open against Moir really stands out. That is sick.

Also, giving connors a double bagel? Holy crap!

I've just realized I had missed an earlier shutout from 1980, so the complete list is:

Lendl def Torralbo 6-0 6-0, Barcelona, 1980

Lendl def Arraya 6-0 6-0, Houston WCT, 1983

Lendl def Connors 6-0 6-0, Forest Hills WCT, 1984

Lendl def Moir 6-0 6-0 6-0, US Open, 1987

Lendl def Limberger 6-0 6-0, Bordeaux, 1992

Lendl def Massur, 6-0 6-0, Toronto, 1994