Masters-Sin

Masters finals etc.

“Year End Championships” or “Masters” it’s a tournament, in which usually participated the eight best players of a season, every year since 1970. The tournament has changed its official name four times: 1970-89: Masters Grand Prix, 1990-99: ATP Tour World Championships, 2000-08: Tennis Masters Cup,  2009-15: ATP World Tour Finals. In the years 1977-1985 the tournament was held at the beginning of the season, this led to funny situation of two “Masters” tournaments played in 1986, both finals that year were won by Ivan Lendl, who ousted in straight sets Boris Becker on both occasions (in January and December)! There were five changes of the tournament formula: 1970: 6 participants, each plays against each other (tie-breaks at 5:5!) 1971:participants, each plays against each other 1982-84: 12 participants, top 4 seeded guys with a first round “bye” 1985: 16 players 1972-81 & 1986-14: the “round robin” system with 8 players

.RECORDS.
Most titles: 6 – Roger Federer, 5 – Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic
Most wins: 52 – Roger Federer (2002-2015), 39 – Ivan Lendl (1980-1991)
Most consecutive wins: 14 – Ivan Lendl (1985-88), Roger Federer (2003-2005)
Best win/loss record: 88% – Ilie Nastase [22 wins – 3 defeats]
Longest match in time: (1988, final)
4 hours, 42 min. Boris Becker d. Ivan Lendl 5-7, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
Longest tie-break: (2004, semifinal) Roger Federer d. Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6(18)
Match point saved champions: John McEnroe (1978), Ivan Lendl (1981), Alex Corretja (1998) *
Youngest champion: John McEnroe – 19 years 11 months (1978)
Lowest ranked player to participate: No. 27 – Radek Stepanek (2008)
Most aces: 35 – Goran Ivanisevic (1996, SF… 3 sets)
* Federer won the tournament twice saving match points (2003 & 06) but those wins come from matches which didn’t decide his “be or not to be” in the event

9 Responses to Masters-Sin

  1. Wanaro Evernden says:
    7 formula if we differentiate 3 or 5 sets matchs :
    1970: 6 players, each plays against each other (tie-breaks at 5:5!)
    1971: 7 players, each plays against each other
    1972-1976 : the “round robin” system with 8 players (5set match in SF and Final)
    1977 to 1979, 2004, 2008 to 2011: the “round robin” system with 8 players
    1980, 1981, 1986 to 2003 et 2005 to 2007: the “round robin” system with 8 players (5set match in Final)
    1982-84: 12 players, top 4 seeded guys with a first round “bye”
    1985: 16 players
  2. Wanaro Evernden says:

    Nice pic of Nastase.

  3. Wanaro Evernden says:

    My Masters 2011 :

    01. Novak Djokovic
    02. Rafael Nadal
    03. Roger Federer
    04. Andy Murray
    05. David Ferrer
    06. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
    07. Mardy Fish
    08. Tomas Berdych

    R1. Gilles Simon
    R2. Juan Martin del Potro

    12. Nicolas Almagro
    13. Janko Tipsarevic

  4. Joca says:

    I’m su rfe Shanghai 2005 was Indoor Carpet (ATP and ITF)

  5. Joca says:

    In the 1985 final Ivan won tie break against Boris in the final 7-1, not 7-4

  6. Joca says:
    This was the schedule for 1987 tournament

    WEDNESDAY Edberg vs. Cash / Connors vs. Gilbert / Mecir vs. Wilander / THURSDAY Lendl vs. Gilbert / Connors vs. Becker / Mecir vs. Edberg / FRIDAY Wilander vs. Cash / Lendl vs. Connors / Becker vs. Gilbert / SATURDAY Edberg vs. Wilander / Becker vs. Lendl / Cash vs. Mecir

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