ATP 5-set Records (five set)

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  1. Gizo

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    Lapentti's 5 set record at 30-16 was pretty amazing. Only 5 players in the open era won more 5 setters, Nastase, Lendl, Sampras, Becker and Hewitt, and of all those are guys were of course way more talented than him, winning multiple grand slam titles and holding the world no.1 ranking. So that just goes to show what an incredible fighter he was.

    Plus he holds the record for the most victories in 5 set matches in the Davis Cup, with 13 wins in 5 setters in the competition.
     
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    Pleasant surprise as I knew he wasn't a choker but didn't know exactly how often he pulled it out.

    This more than anything should be the criticism against Roger's GOAT status. For I can't really defend this even though much of these were outside his prime the epic losses are just a tad much for me when comparing his victories. On the one hand, he didn't let a match go to 5 in his prime, but on the other, he shouldn't have lost so many "set takes match" scenarios. It gets worse when you look at some of the 5 set matches he DID pull out, like needing 16 games to beat Roddick. Ugh.

    You look at this and have to feel sorry for Andre that he didn't get the draws Federer got. So many of these were to guys just in the zone that day, and half to Pistol Pete.
     
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    Baghdatis improves further.. 14/7

    Yannick Noah played 121 grand slam matches and had 50 five setters ?
     
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    You were going pretty good for the first half of this, up to "set takes match" scenarios, but the second half you just lost it altogether. The not so subtle dig at Roddick is certifiably stupid, and no match that someone wins in 5 sets can be a shot against their legacy. Then the Agassi part and the linking with Federer about strength of draws is unnecessary, especially considering Federer beat Agassi in a 5 setter at the USO of all places.
     
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    noah's 50 five-setters:
    • 29 in grand slam
    • 10 in davis cup
    • 3 in bo5 finals of "regular tournaments"
    • 8 in key biscayne (when they had bo5 matches in all the rounds)
     
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    Doesn't say much though. The top 3's 5-setters are usually within the top 3 so a lot harder to win them. The Dog likes to do 5 setters in the first round against qualifiers.
     
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    I wonder what his five set record was before he turned, say, 28. I expect him to lose almost every five setter these days, no matter who he's playing (see Gulbis last year). He needs to win matches in 3 or 4 sets.
     
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    It's all in the thread.
    He was 20-16 right after RG'10, he's now 23-19. That's 3-3 since turning 29.
    I won't be calling on you for wagers.
     
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    Apart from RG, Fed has only lost slam finals in 5 sets. Others might use that against him, but I can't. It highlights how hard he is to put away. No meek 3 or 4 set losses.
     
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    In fact I've started counting myself on the ATP site, and I can find he's 5-3 since AO 2012! Sadly it doesn't give easy access to Davis Cup results (though I don't know of any 5-setters there anyway).
    There's definitely something missing in this count.
     
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    A triflingly small matter, but I think Connors had a 27th 5 set victory in a '75 DC rubber versus Mexico (see http://www.tennisabstract.com/cgi-bin/player.cgi?p=JimmyConnors&f=ACareerqqP5). So he's at 27-17 (if you count the Chang match)
     
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    Wanted to bump this. Anybody have an updated list?
     
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    Unbelievable Borg.
    Sampras too when we know he had a stamina (genetic) problem.
     
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    Federer Safin 2005 AO semi.

    Federer Hewitt Davis Cup 2003 (whether Federer was peak/prime is up for debate).

    Roddick was Federer's fave pigeon and a big part in Fed's weak era. Being taken to 5 against Roddick on his "home" court with all the support does not look good. In fact he really should have lost that match if not for that 2nd set TB choke from Roddick (BH volley miss will forever haut him).
     
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    Maybe Roddick just played a Hell of a match? Roddick played some fantastic tennis, better than he ever did before, it's no shame it took Federer 5 sets to put him away. I don't know if your fave Djoko or Nadal could put Roddick away in the same form.
     
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    And "weak era"? Hahaha.. Coming from a Djoko-fanboi extraordinaire, that's a joke.
     
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    Roddick's hell of a match may equal to only Federer's above average match. If Federer played at his level against Nadal in the final last year, or even at his level in all the other Wimbledon finals he straight-settled Roddick, he would have won much easier.

    Who said I was his fanboy? And if you read my posts, I already acknowledged Djokovic is now dominating a weak era this year too, so stfu.
     
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    "Weak era"
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    pls stop
     
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    Are you my disputing the claims of weak era for Djokovic this year?

    Nadal: washed up
    Murray: not as good when Lendl was his coach
    Federer: 34, can't be expected to perform as well physically and mentally.
    Stan: so hot and cold, hot during Slams, cold mostly everywhere else. And it's not guarantee he's hot for the Slams.
    Dimitrov, Raonic and Nishikori: how disappointing they have been. Dimitrov and Raonic have had very poor years after a good 2014. Nishikori struggles to stay fit and his level may be regressing.
    Berdych: strong start to the year but his level has dropped since then. At 30, his best may be behind him.
    Ferrer: 33, every aspect of his game is inferior to Djokovic's (Djokovic Lite). As this year shows again, keeps his ranking in the top 10 by playing lots of tournaments against weaker opposition (nothing wrong with that, just stating a fact).
    Coric, Kokkinakis, Thiem and Kyrgios: their time as not come yet and have not reached the level and sustained effort to make the breakthrough.

    So there you go. Djokovic's competition in 2015.
     
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    I am saying that the weak era argument (for Djokovic, Federer, or anyone) is, from a logical standpoint, not on.
    However good/bad Baghdatis or Berdych or whoever is, you can only beat who is put in front of you.

    I don't disagree with any of your analyses of the players by the way, I'm just saying that it doesn't matter.
     
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    ATP 5th set records, top 50 players. (Criteria: at least 1 grand slam)

    Rank Name Won Lost Win %

    1 Johan Kriek 18 4 81.82
    2 Bjorn Borg 24 6 80.00
    3 Novak Djokovic 25 8 75.76
    4 Rafael Nadal 17 6 73.91
    5 Rod Laver 29 11 72.50
    6 Andy Murray 18 7 72.00
    7 Marin Cilic 23 9 71.88

    8 Pete Sampras 33 15 68.75
    9 Marat Safin 28 13 68.29
    10 Boris Becker 32 15 68.09
    11 John Newcombe 32 15 68.09
    12 Mats Wilander 26 13 66.67
    13 Thomas Muster 18 9 66.67
    14 Ilie Nastase 37 19 66.07
    15 John McEnroe 25 13 65.79
    16 Manuel Orantes 17 9 65.38
    17 Goran Ivanisevic 26 14 65.00
    18 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 20 11 64.52
    19 Patrick Rafter 14 8 63.64
    20 Andres Gomez 19 11 63.33
    21 Ivan Lendl 36 21 63.16
    22 Ken Rosewell 22 13 62.86
    23 Jimmy Connors 26 17 60.47
    24 Yannick Noah 29 19 60.42
    25 Michael Chang 22 15 59.46
    26 Guillermo Vilas 29 20 59.18
    27 Gustavo Kuerten 17 12 58.62
    28 Lleyton Hewitt 32 25 56.14
    29 Stefan Edberg 26 19 57.78
    30 Juan Carlos Ferrero 24 18 57.14
    31 Arthur Ashe 20 15 57.14
    32 Sergi Bruguera 13 10 56.52
    33 Jim Courier 19 15 55.88
    34 Vitas Gerulaitis 21 17 55.26
    35 Andre Agassi 27 22 55.10
    36 Stanislas Wawrinka 22 18 55.00
    37 Roger Federer 23 19 54.76

    38 Richard Krajicek 15 13 53.57
    39 Roscoe Tanner 16 14 53.33
    40 Jan Kodes 25 22 53.19
    41 Petr Korda 14 13 51.85
    42 Stan Smith 15 15 50.00
    43 Adriano Panatta 14 14 50.00
    44 Carlos Moya 17 19 47.22
    45 Brian Teacher 7 8 46.67
    46 Andy Roddick 13 16 44.83
    47 Michael Stich 13 16 44.83
    48 Albert Costa 10 13 43.48
    49 Andrés Gimeno 7 12 36.84
    50 Juan Martin Del Potro 4 9 30.77

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  26. HewittAlwaysDisappoints

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    Yes Djokovic has played at a fantastic level all year and you can only beat who is in front of you... But whenever people are gonna start talking about GOAT, who has the best year ever, who's peak was strongest, etc... There should always be an asterisk next to these weak era years.

    And the reason the weak era notion applies here is because, would Djokovic have won 3 Grand Slams, 5 Masters (could be 6 and can also get WTF) against noticeably stronger opponents. Unlikely.

    This shows in 2012 where imho, this was the year the big 4 were all closest to their peaks. The Grand Slam titles won were also split between 4 different players (the big 4 funnily enough) and the last time this was done on the ATP was in 2003.

    Context is important.
     
  27. 125downthemiddle

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    Not a surprising stat, really
     
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    Guess this means Ninja was the mentally strongest player on tour back then.
     
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    Based on your own analysis, though, Djoker finished the year at #1 that year, reaching 3/4 finals(losing in the semi to eventual champion at SW19). That's still better than any of the other 3.
     
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    Why is Federer ahead of Wawrinka here?
     
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    Also an incredible record for Laver considering he turned 30 in 1968. So his record starts way older than Borg's age at the time he quit.

    Borg was a machine at his peak. In that time period he had no weaknesses, because in the end his serve and net play were at least adequate, and he could not be beat from the baseline. I think he was actually a lot like an earlier version of Novak combined with Nadal.
     
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    such an impressive 5 set record from Borg. A microcosm example of that was how he managed to regroup and win wimbledon vs Mac after losing that 4th set tiebreak.
     
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    To be exact, Laver's record starts from 1956. Not exactly entirely Open era record.
    For most of his career, I think 3 slams were on grass and average point length was 2-3.

    And yeah, Borg's record on consecutive French Open and Wimbledon is unique.
    When the grass court was real grass court. It's mind-boggling.
     
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    But I did not refer to any stats pre-1968. Most likely he was an even better player before the open era, but we didn't get to see those matches

    My point was that starting in 1968 the pros were on a higher level than all other players, and in the last few years the top three or four were also on a higher level. That is clear right now, when an aging Fed is #3, at the worst, where former #4 is now #2, and where the other players who are challenging the top are around age 30 or older.

    Let me make myself clear: I am bored to tears at what is happening now. We are experiencing a true low point in tennis. This has NOTHING to do with Novak. It has everything to do with his competition, which is pathetic.
    I think that is an exaggeration, but for sure points were shorter when players were playing with wooden rackets with gut strings. If you look at videos from that time the rackets look tiny. You have to wonder how they hit anything with those tiny rackets. But for people like me, the "old timers", that's what we played with.

    Young people can't understand that fact. They never tried to hit a return or serve with the old wooden rackets. The game has not changed much. The EQUIPMENT has totally changed.

    How many young people can even wrap their heads around a racket press? ;)
    Again, looking at the old rackets and the old short-shorts, made worse by horrible videos, how can anyone get a sense of how easily Borg moved? The fact that he had a clay court style that was Nadal-like and yet won Wimbledon five times in a row, when the two surfaces were totally different, is insane!
     
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    I dunno what yore saying. Yes Djokovic finished no.1 in 2012 bit that was a result of more consistentency over the season, not dominance like this year.
     
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    WOW, for somebody who is supposed to be the GOAT, Roger Federer's 5 set record is a real disgrace...
     
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    Got it but I think most of Laver's records are made when 3 slams were on grasses.

    I do not have clear proof but have suspicion on current ATP system and homogeneously slow surfaces.
    18 best results with no bonus points/ densely seeded tournament draw system.
    I think these are more protected of seeded (top) players and they hang around longer in this environment.

    I think 80s-90s were uniquely diversified competition with 4 different slam surfaces.
    I think that's why top count was 14 slams of Sampras during 80s- 90s.
     
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    That's true, but I have made the point before that Laver and his friends built up their match toughness playing on any surface we can think of. They were pros, the scrambled to make money. It was a unique competitive environment. And they were continually playing the best in the world, match after match. I would be a bit like taking the top 5 players or so right now and having them compete continually against each other, under any conditions.
    I agree. The system favors those at the top. I think that's obvious. When you look at the people who travel with the top players, you almost have to laugh. They travel easily. They are surrounded by their team. This whole idea of having a team with you at every moment is not old. Everything favors the players at the top now, which means it is much harder to get there and then it's harder to get knocked back down.

    For sure things are very different now.
    Where are you getting a 4th surface from?
     
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    Grass, Clay, fast hard courts(US Open), slow bouncy hard courts(Australian, Rebound Ace).
    If I can add true carpets, that's 5.;)
    In that sense, Agassi's career slam(and WTF on carpet) is unique in tennis history.

    And as I recall, there was bonus points, best of 9 results(plus 4 slam results) in 90's.
    Slams used to be 18 seeds on highly polarized surfaces in 90s.(now 32 seeds)
    That produced quite a few early round exits of top seeds...
    Teenagers could stack up ranking points quickly and challenge top players rather quickly, IMHO.
     
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    I can't agree with you about HCs being two surfaces since it is well known that long ago the way grass played at different slams was radically different. In fact, there is probably more difference on grass than any other surface as grass completely changes over two weeks.

    But for sure I'd agree about carpet. However, since slams don't happen on carpet we'd to talk either about more minor tournaments or earlier times when Bo5 happened on that surface.

    The WTF on carpet is a good argument for a dominant year though!

    I know nothing about how points were stacked up in the past, but I'm quite ready to agree with you about tennis protecting players at the top now. Changing from 18 to 32 seeds really stacks the deck against exciting upsets.
     
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    I agree that grass courts can be very different.
    I also agree that 2nd week of Wimbledon is very different from 1st day.
    Note that they now pack soils much more densely underneath grass layer(so that some people even say Wimbledon becomes clay court by end of 2nd week ! :D)

    But point is that hard courts used to be much more different than current differences.

    I guess current tour is the most homogenized ever then !
     
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    I can't say how much HCs have changed in terms of being different from each other in the same era. In other words, decades ago were there huge differences from one HC to another? I don't remember big differences at the time I learned to play, long ago.

    But so many other things have changed. I'm trying to get used to seeing players slide on HCs. Obviously that is not about technique but different shoes.

    Then there are the strings. I don't have personal experience with these strings, but my eyes tell me that average shots today were impossible back in the era of wood rackets. The amount of spin and the angles are insane. I often wonder how ANYONE today gets to the net.

    I suppose the bottom line is that what Laver did in 69 may never be done again. And yet when we see how many times Fed almost got a CYGS, only to lose in finals to Nadal, and how the same thing happened to Novak this year, or how Nadal only failed to get the AO in 2010, maybe it's a run of bad luck for players in this era!

    After all, if you have guys winning 3 slams more and more often, it just seems like it's only a matter of time before someone gets 4 in a row. And I do believe making all the surfaces more alike is driving this trend.
     
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    Exactly. I wouldn't be surprised if Nadal or Djokovic getting 15+ slams, even nearing or exceeding Federer's 17.
    Maybe not Nishikori-Raonic generation.
    But won't be surprised if Thiem-Coric (or future) generation reaching high teen slams or near 20.
    Of course, if current tour condition/system does not change in the future.
     
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    Is Fed now 24-20 in 5 set matches?
     
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    Yes!!
     

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