Big 3 Seasons Ranked

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I ranked all of the big 3 individual seasons based on the achievements alone, without taking their opponents into account. If you're all about the competition then I've also got a thread for that: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/big-3-slams-won-vs-champions-of-that-event.706489/ , though it's for grand slams only.

For this ranking I used the following criteria:

GS > YE #1 > YEC > M1000 > Total titles > YE ranking > ATP points

I divided seasons into tiers, where they are first separated by the number of GS titles won, then the YE#1, then YEC etc., I didn't differentiate the seasons by number of titles won other than GS (just ranked them), but I put them in a different tier based on whether they got the YE#1 or YEC. I didn't want to mix categories (e.g. YEC = 2 M1000), which creates an obivous problem with undervaluing the M1000 series, as it makes the whole set worth less than YEC. The biggest "battle" between YEC and M1000 in this comparison happened in Novak's 2011 vs 2023 and Roger's 2003 vs 2012 (YEC vs 3 M1000), so it's not a big issue.

In hindsight, although it didn't take much time, it probably would have been better if I had coded it, so that it can be applied automatically to more players. For the purpose of this thread though, it's good enough. Here's the result:



Djokovic:

1. 2015 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 6 M, 11 T)
2. 2023 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 2 M, 7 T)

3. 2011 (3 GS, YE #1, 5 M, 10 T)
4. 2021 (3 GS, YE #1, 1 M, 5 T)

5. 2018 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T)

6. 2016 (2 GS, 4 M, 7 T)
7. 2019 (2 GS, 2 M, 5 T)

8. 2014 (1 GS, YE #1, YEC, 4 M, 7 T)
9. 2012 (1 GS, YE #1, YEC, 3 M, 6 T)

10. 2020 (1 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T)

11. 2013 (1 GS, YEC, 3 M, 7 T)
12. 2008 (1 GS, YEC, 2 M, 4 T)
13. 2022 (1 GS, YEC, 1 M, 5 T, #5)

14. 2007 (2 M, 5 T, #3)
15. 2009 (1 M, 5 T)

16. 2010 (2 T, #3)
17. 2017 (2 T, #12)
18. 2006 (2 T, #16)

19. 2005 (#78)
20. 2004 (#186)
21. 2003 (#679)



Federer:

1. 2006 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 4 M, 12 T)
2. 2004 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 3 M, 11 T)
3. 2007 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 2 M, 8 T)

4. 2005 (2 GS, YE #1, 4 M, 11 T)
5. 2009 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T, 1050)

6. 2017 (2 GS, 3 M, 7 T)

7. 2010 (1 GS, YEC, 1 M, 5 T, #2)

8. 2003 (1 GS, YEC, 7 T)

9. 2012 (1 GS, 3 M, 6 T, 10265)

10. 2008 (1 GS, 4 T, #2)
11. 2018 (1 GS, 3 T, #3)

12. 2011 (YEC, 1 M, 4 T)

13. 2014 (2 M, 5 T, #2)
14. 2015 (1 M, 6 T)
15. 2019 (1 M, 4 T)
16. 2002 (1 M, 3 T)

17. 2001 (1 T, #13)

18. 2020 (#5)
19. 2000 (#29)
20. 1999 (#64)
21. 1998 (#301)
22. 1997 (#704)



Nadal:

1. 2010 (3 GS, YE #1, 3 M, 7 T)

2. 2013 (2 GS, YE #1, 5 M, 10 T)
3. 2008 (2 GS, YE #1, 3 M, 8 T)
4. 2017 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 6 T)
5. 2019 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T, 9985)

6. 2022 (2 GS, 4 T)

7. 2005 (1 GS, 4 M, 11 T)
8. 2007 (1 GS, 3 M, 6 T, 10897*)
9. 2009 (1 GS, 3 M, 5 T, 9205)
10. 2018 (1 GS, 3 M, 5 T, 7480)
11. 2006 (1 GS, 2 M, 5 T)
12. 2012 (1 GS, 2 M, 4 T)
13. 2014 (1 GS, 1 M, 4 T)
14. 2011 (1 GS, 1 M, 3 T)

15. 2020 (1 GS, 2 T)

16. 2021 (1 M, 2 T, #6)
17. 2016 (1 M, 2 T, #9)

18. 2015 (3 T)
19. 2004 (1 T, #51)

20. 2003 (#61)
21. 2002 (#200)
22. 2023 (#663)
23. 2001 (#811)



TOTAL:

1. Djokovic (1) - 2015 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 6 M, 11 T)
2. Federer (1) - 2006 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 4 M, 12 T)
3. Federer (2) - 2004 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 3 M, 11 T)
4. Federer (3) - 2007 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 2 M, 8 T)
5. Djokovic (2) - 2023 (3 GS, YE #1, YEC, 2 M, 7 T)

6. Djokovic (3) - 2011 (3 GS, YE #1, 5 M, 10 T)
7. Nadal (1) - 2010 (3 GS, YE #1, 3 M, 7 T)
8. Djokovic (4) - 2021 (3 GS, YE #1, 1 M, 5 T)

9. Nadal (2) - 2013 (2 GS, YE #1, 5 M, 10 T)
10. Federer (4) - 2005 (2 GS, YE #1, 4 M, 11 T)
11. Nadal (3) - 2008 (2 GS, YE #1, 3 M, 8 T)
12. Nadal (4) - 2017 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 6 T)
13. Federer (5) - 2009 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T, 1050)
14. Nadal (5) - 2019 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T, 9985)
15. Djokovic (5) - 2018 (2 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T, 9045)

16. Djokovic (6) - 2016 (2 GS, 4 M, 7 T)
17. Federer (6) - 2017 (2 GS, 3 M, 7 T)
18. Djokovic (7) - 2019 (2 GS, 2 M, 5 T)

19. Nadal (6) - 2022 (2 GS, 4 T)

20. Djokovic (8) - 2014 (1 GS, YE #1, YEC, 4 M, 7 T)
21. Djokovic (9) - 2012 (1 GS, YE #1, YEC, 3 M, 6 T)

22. Djokovic (10) - 2020 (1 GS, YE #1, 2 M, 4 T)

23. Djokovic (11) - 2013 (1 GS, YEC, 3 M, 7 T)
24. Djokovic (12) - 2008 (1 GS, YEC, 2 M, 4 T)
25. Federer (7) - 2010 (1 GS, YEC, 1 M, 5 T, #2)
26. Djokovic (13) - 2022 (1 GS, YEC, 1 M, 5 T, #5)

27. Federer (8) - 2003 (1 GS, YEC, 7 T)

28. Nadal (7) - 2005 (1 GS, 4 M, 11 T)
29. Nadal (8) - 2007 (1 GS, 3 M, 6 T, 10897*)
30. Federer (9) - 2012 (1 GS, 3 M, 6 T, 10265)
31. Nadal (9) - 2009 (1 GS, 3 M, 5 T, 9205)
32. Nadal (10) - 2018 (1 GS, 3 M, 5 T, 7480)
33. Nadal (11) - 2006 (1 GS, 2 M, 5 T)
34. Nadal (12) - 2012 (1 GS, 2 M, 4 T)
35. Nadal (13) - 2014 (1 GS, 1 M, 4 T)
36. Nadal (14) - 2011 (1 GS, 1 M, 3 T)

37. Federer (10) - 2008 (1 GS, 4 T, #2)
38. Federer (11) - 2018 (1 GS, 3 T, #3)
39. Nadal (15) - 2020 (1 GS, 2 T)

40. Federer (12) 2011 (YEC, 1 M, 4 T)

41. Federer (13) - 2014 (2 M, 5 T, #2)
42. Djokovic (14) - 2007 (2 M, 5 T, #3)
43. Federer (14) - 2015 (1 M, 6 T)
44. Djokovic (15) - 2009 (1 M, 5 T)
45. Federer (15) - 2019 (1 M, 4 T)
46. Federer (16) - 2002 (1 M, 3 T)
47. Nadal (16) - 2021 (1 M, 2 T, #6)
48. Nadal (17) - 2016 (1 M, 2 T, #9)

49. Nadal (18) - 2015 (3 T)
50. Djokovic (16) - 2010 (2 T, #3)
51. Djokovic (17) - 2017 (2 T, #12)
52. Djokovic (18) - 2006 (2 T, #16)
53. Federer (17) - 2001 (1 T, #13)
54. Nadal (19) - 2004 (1 T, #51)

55. Federer (18) - 2020 (#5)
56. Federer (19) - 2000 (#29)
57. Nadal (20) - 2003 (#61)
58. Federer (20) - 1999 (#64)
59. Djokovic (19) - 2005 (#78)
60. Djokovic (20) - 2004 (#186)
61. Nadal (21) - 2002 (#200)
62. Federer (21) - 1998 (#301)
63. Nadal (22) - 2023 (#663)
64. Djokovic (21) - 2003 (#679)
65. Federer (22) - 1997 (#704)
66. Nadal (23) - 2001 (#811)



*ATP points were adjusted by factor 1.9 before 2009 (same multiplier as UTS)
 
In the Djokovic 2011 v Djokovic 2023 comparison, I think it's a bit odd to say that winning the tour finals > three extra MS 1000 titles.

Also, I don't at all agree that the only achievements that matter are titles won. (In this case, that pulls matters back very slightly in favor of Djokovic 2023, as he was runner-up rather than semi-finalist at the slam he didn't win. But that isn't enough to compensate for three extra MS events, even with the Tour Finals in question.

(I wrote those two paragraphs before reading all of the OP, so I now see that the OP addresses it, but I don't think the argument is convincing. You have to have a formula and you have to "mix categories." It can't be lexical - e.g. 1 of category B outranks 4 or 7 of category C).
 
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