Bagel and shutout records (open era)

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  1. Benhur

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    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. That’s 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 didn’t see any shutouts by Connors or McEnroe.

    Looking into this made me realize Connors’ 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.
     
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  2. Mansewerz

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    Who was on the receiving end of the shutout?
     
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    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
     
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    ^^^How funny would it have been if he had gotten 5-0 40-0 and then lost his first point of the set!
     
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    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)
     
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    Wow, the US Open against Moir really stands out. That is sick.

    Also, giving connors a double bagel? Holy crap!
     
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    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
     
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