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Mens GS draw trivia

BAMJ6
08-31-2007, 06:46 AM
Does anyone know which year's Grand Slam has the most different Grand Slam winners left in a draw? I think the earliest that can happen is a round of 32 since there can't be 64 or 128 different Grand Slam winners playing in the same event at the same time.

Archer16
08-31-2007, 09:45 PM
Your question is awkwardly put.
First of all there wouldn't be 32 Slam winners left either.
Second, of course chances are the number of Slam winners left in the draw would be greater in the R128 than in R32.

What exactly are you looking for? Most Slam winners in a slam main draw? Nothing but Slam winners left in a GS tourney? (cannot possibly happen before the QF, and even that would be surprising - I'd guess SF)

BAMJ6
08-31-2007, 11:27 PM
Well how about in the round of 16. Of the 16 players left in a Grand Slam tournament, have there been 10 or more different Grand Slam Winners left in 1 year?

Archer16
09-03-2007, 02:41 PM
I decided to get into it. The significance of this stat is questionable but it does tell you something about the strength and depth of the field and the balance between the dominant players of an era (just look at the last few years ;) ).
The numbers also include players who only became Slam Winners at a later stage, unless stated otherwise.

Most Grand Slam Winners in the Round of 16
US Open 2001 - 11 (Kuerten, A. Costa, Kafelnikov, Hewitt, Safin, T. Johansson, Sampras, Rafter, Agassi, Federer)
8 of them were already slam winners at the time (all but Costa, Johansson and Fed).
With 7 QF titleholders, this also holds the record in that department, hence my assumption was right :)
US Open 1978 - 10 (Borg, Ashe, Gerulaitis, Kriek, Teacher, McEnroe, Vilas, Tanner, Connors, Panatta)
Again 8 "current" titleholders (Kriek, Teacher won their slams later).
US Open 1976, 1980, 1992 - 9 each

Also worth mentioning are US Open 1969 (11 Slam Winners but only 6 of them won in the Open Era) and Roland Garros 1969 (10 and 7 respectively).
No Grand Slam other than the US Open ever had more than 8 players in the round of 16 that had won an Open Era GS title at some point of their careers.

Least Grand Slam Winners in the Round of 16
Australian Open 1973 - 1(!) (Newcombe)
The nadir of the "down under" GS tourney that was of secondary importance in that period. A few others in the 70s and early 80s had 2 Slam Winners. Note that the round of 16 in this case was in fact the 3rd round. It wasn't until 1982 that they switched to a 7-round format and only in 1988 to a full 128-player field.
Wimbledon 2002 - 2 (Hewitt, Krajicek)
A crazy tournament that saw only two of the top 16 seeds make it to the 4r (the other one was not Krajicek but local hero Henman with a usual SF loss).
Wimbledon 2006 - 3 (Federer, Nadal, Hewitt)
US Open 2005 - 3 (Federer, Agassi, Hewitt)
Australian Open 2007 - 3 (Federer, Nadal, Roddick)
Not much explanation needed here. Of course these numbers may still grow if somebody manages to sneak by the Fed-Nadal iron gate.

As can be seen, the US Open is clear first in this measurement. The Australian is last because of its "isolated" period, but nowadays everyone plays all of them so the numbers have evened.
In more than half of the tourneys the number of GS Winners in the round of 16 was either 6 or 7.

Source: http://grandslamtennis.freeukisp.co.uk/index.html (and, of course, Sjengster's GS Club (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=9984) was also of help)

Adler
09-07-2007, 07:00 AM
Most Grand Slam Winners in the Round of 16
US Open 2001 - 11 (Kuerten, A. Costa, Kafelnikov, Hewitt, Safin, T. Johansson, Sampras, Rafter, Agassi, Federer)
8 of them were already slam winners at the time (all but Costa, Johansson and Fed)
It becomes even more interesting when you take into account that those three guys actually did win majors, but later

Archer16
09-08-2007, 10:05 AM
That was kind of the point of counting them in that list of 11 men... :rolleyes: