At the start of today, there was a small elite and exclusive group of 4 currently active ATP players who hold 30 or more ATP titles. These 4 were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadel and Lleyton Hewitt (now, did that last name surprise you?) By titles we mean main tour 250, 500, 1000, olympic medals and Grand Slams.
Novak Djokovic holds 46 titles his “best” year (to date) was 2011 when he won 10 titles that year including 3 of the 4 grand slams (only Roland Garros was missing from the collection), 2013 was his next best year with 7 titles with one grand slam title (Australian Open).
Roger Federer holds 81 currently, with his best year being 2006 where he won 12 titles including 3 of the 4 slams (again only Roland Garros was missing from the slam collection), 2004 & 2005 were his next best years where he won 11 titles each that year. In 2013 the year he was struggling for form he won only 1 title which was in Halle.
Rafael Nadal holds 64 titles, with his best year being 2005 where he won 11 titles and his first grand slam (Roland Garros), 2013 was his next best year with 10 titles which included 2 grand slams (Roland Garros and US Open), his worst year was his first on tour in 2004 where he won just 1 title.
Then there is a gap to the 4th player Lleyton Hewitt he holds 30 titles, his best year was 2001 where he won 6 titles including US Open. 2002 was his next best year with 5 titles including Wimbldeon, followed by 2000 and 2004 with 4 titles. This is a pretty impressive and small group of players on the tour currently.
Today, a 5th player joined this small and exclusive group and this author is very happy he has. Andy Murray today joined this group, he won his 30th title today by winning the 250 event in Vienna. His best year to date has been 2009 where he won 6 titles but no slams. His next best years to date were 2008 & 2011 where he won 5 titles and no slams but he did reach the semi finals at Wimbledon. 2012 was the year he won his first slam (US Open), on the back of the Olympic gold medal. His defining moment came in 2013 as he won (what to us Brits) is the big one, he brought the Wimbledon title home. 2014 has not been a great year for titles, but coming off the back of his recovery from his back surgery at the end of 2013 he has won 2 titles in less than a month (and the year isn’t over yet) – his 2 titles for this year so far are Shenzhen and the one he added today Vienna. This shows that Andy is on the rise and back amongst the elite where he belongs.
Welcome to the group Andy.