The stars of the ATP Masters
The stars of the ATP Masters

The stars of the ATP Masters

Tennis’ four Grand Slam events attract the most attention, but the nine tournaments that make up the ATP Masters series are a valuable source of ranking points for the top male players.

Each of the events offers a tantalising 1000 ATP Tour ranking points to the winner.

While this is half of what a Grand Slam victory earns, the greater availability makes them an important determinant of success over a season.

We’ve revealed the players who have enjoyed the most success in these events and who could dominate them in the years ahead.

Who has won the most ATP Masters events?

There are only eight players who have won more than five of the 288 ATP Masters competitions held since 1990. Novak Djokovic is the only man to have won all nine events, including the predecessors of the current Madrid and Shanghai tournaments.

Both he and Rafael Nadal have 36 wins in total, but the Spaniard’s clay specialism has seen 21 of his victories earned in just two competitions: the Monte Carlo Masters and the Italian Open.

Who has the best record in ATP Masters events?

Nadal may not have won all nine ATP Masters events but he does have a better record than Djokovic overall, having won 398 of his 481 matches to date. Along with these two players, Roger Federer is the only other player to have won more than three-quarters of the time when competing in these tournaments.

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Which players have met in the most finals?

There are five pairs of players who have met in at least five finals of ATP Masters tournaments. Unsurprisingly, the most common combination is Djokovic and Nadal, who have each won seven of their 14 meetings to date. Both men have a superior head-to-head record against Federer in ATP Masters finals, winning two more matches than the Swiss legend.

Who has had the most ATP Masters success in a single year?

There are nine players who have won at least three ATP Masters tournaments in a single calendar year. Djokovic reached an impressive eight finals in 2015, winning six of them. This saw him break the record of five wins in a year set by Nadal in 2011, which the Serb had equalled in 2013.

Who will be the next stars of the ATP Masters?

Prior to 2021, nobody had registered four career wins at ATP Masters events in more than a decade. After Andy Murray passed this milestone in August 2009, the entire 2010s passed by without anyone else doing so.

Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev both registered their fourth ATP Masters wins in 2021, with their relative youth compared to most of the other top male players suggesting that at least one of them could eventually set some records.

Since 2018, it has been Djokovic and Nadal who have continued to dominate the series, winning six tournaments apiece. However, age will eventually catch up with them and the seven finals won by Medvedev and Zverev between them in this period have demonstrated that the quality of men’s tennis doesn’t have to drop when the golden generation of legends finally decide to call it a day.

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