The following graph shows the total number of ranking points* accumulated by the year's top two players up to the end of the fifth Masters 1000 event each year since 2003 and a selection of years in the 1990s. Thanks feuselino
for constructing the graph and help with the corresponding article
*The current ranking system was used for all years except Davis Cup points were excluded. Federer's points shown in blue, Nadal's in orange and Djokovic's in green.
For an article about Djokovic's and Nadal's supreme domination this year, see here
. There you'll also find another feuselino's chart showing head-to-head of the world's top two versus the rest of the field by year.
Djokovic and Nadal are the first pair of players to share all six big events (Masters 1000s, Grand Slams and World Tour Finals) to start the year since Sampras and Medvedev in 1994. They're also the first pair to contest four Masters 1000 finals in one year. Discuss.