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04-03-2013, 09:50 AM

I did a quick oversight for which players have most often been seeded high in slams. We all know seeding is not the same as world ranking, still I found it interesting.

For this being given a seed is enough, you don't have to play. For instance, Nadal was #1 seed in Wimbledon 2009 as he withdrew after getting his seed. But he was not seeded for this years AO or last years USO.

The list is not complete, I did most of the players to reach #1 - dropping a couple with short careers - and added the best active players never to accomplish this feat. And it's Open Era only.

Most times as #1

Roger Federer 23

Pete Sampras 23

Ivan Lendl 18

Björn Borg 14

Rod Laver 11

John McEnroe 10

Jimmy Connors 9

Rafael Nadal 9

Novak Djokovic 8

Andre Agassi 7

Lleyton Hewitt 7

Stefan Edberg 6

Guillermo Vilas 5

Jim Courier 5

Ilie Nastase 4

John Newcombe 4

Gustavo Kuerten 3

Boris Becker 2

Ken Rosewall 2

Mats Wilander 1

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1

Andy Roddick 1

Arthur Ashe 1

Marcelo Rios 1

What I find most interesting here is the fact that Borg, with 109 weeks as #1 to his name, was seeded #1 14 times. Connors, with 268 weeks, only 9 times. That is partly because he didn't play FO in many of his best years, but still...he was seeded #1 only three times in each of W and USO.

Most times in the top-2 (seeded for the final)

Roger Federer 32

Pete Sampras 29

Ivan Lendl 29

Rafael Nadal 29

Jimmy Connors 19

John McEnroe 19

Björn Borg 17

Andre Agassi 16

Stefan Edberg 16

Boris Becker 14

John Newcombe 13

Novak Djokovic 12

Rod Laver 11

Ilie Nastase 9

Ken Rosewall 9

Guillermo Vilas 8

Andy Roddick 8

Jim Courier 7

Mats Wilander 7

Lleyton Hewitt 7

Marat Safin 5

Gustavo Kuerten 5

Michael Chang 4

Marcelo Rios 3

Andy Murray 3

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 2

Arthur Ashe 2

Pat Rafter 2

Thomas Muster 1

Impressive here by Nadal, noone is close to his 20 #2 seeds.

Most times in the top-4 (seeded for the SF)

Roger Federer 41

Ivan Lendl 38

Pete Sampras 36

Jimmy Connors 34

Boris Becker 32

Stefan Edberg 32

Rafael Nadal 32

Andre Agassi 28

Novak Djokovic 27

John McEnroe 24

Guillermo Vilas 23

Björn Borg 22

Mats Wilander 22

Andy Murray 18

John Newcombe 16

Ken Rosewall 14

Lleyton Hewitt 13

Andy Roddick 13

Ilie Nastase 13

Arthur Ashe 13

Rod Laver 13

Jim Courier 11

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 11

Marat Safin 10

Pat Rafter 8

Michael Chang 7

Juan Carlos Ferrero 7

David Ferrer 7

Gustavo Kuerten 6

Nikolay Davydenko 6

Carlos Moya 4

Marcelo Rios 4

Thomas Muster 4

Guillermo Coria 2

Juan Martin del Potro 1

Federer has done all his 41 in a row.

Also, here we finally find Carlos Moya, historic as the only #1 never to have been seeded either #1, #2 or #3 in a slam.

Most times in the top-8 (seeded for the QF)

Roger Federer 47

Ivan Lendl 44

Pete Sampras 44

Andre Agassi 44

Boris Becker 42

Jimmy Connors 41

Stefan Edberg 38

Rafael Nadal 33

Andy Roddick 30

John McEnroe 29

Guillermo Vilas 29

Mats Wilander 28

Novak Djokovic 28

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 27

Björn Borg 25

Arthur Ashe 24

Michael Chang 22

Ilie Nastase 22

Andy Murray 22

John Newcombe 21

Lleyton Hewitt 20

Ken Rosewall 20

Nikolay Davydenko 17

David Ferrer 17

Jim Courier 16

Thomas Muster 14

Tomas Berdych 14

Rod Laver 13

Marat Safin 13

Carlos Moya 13

Juan Carlos Ferrero 12

Gustavo Kuerten 12

Pat Rafter 11

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10

Guillermo Coria 10

Juan Martin del Potro 10

Marcelo Rios 5

Federer has now taken this record also.

Most times in the top-16

Ivan Lendl 52

Roger Federer 51

Andre Agassi 50

Jimmy Connors 48

Pete Sampras 47

Stefan Edberg 43

Boris Becker 42

Andy Roddick 38

Guillermo Vilas 33

Rafael Nadal 33

Michael Chang 32

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 32

John McEnroe 30

Mats Wilander 29

Novak Djokovic 29

Arthur Ashe 27

Andy Murray 26

Björn Borg 25

Lleyton Hewitt 25

David Ferrer 25

Tomas Berdych 25

Jim Courier 24

John Newcombe 24

Ilie Nastase 23

Ken Rosewall 22

Nikolay Davydenko 21

Carlos Moya 20

Marat Safin 18

Thomas Muster 18

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 18

Gustavo Kuerten 16

Juan Carlos Ferrero 15

Pat Rafter 15

Rod Laver 14

Marcelo Rios 14

Juan Martin del Potro 13

Guillermo Coria 11

For this being given a seed is enough, you don't have to play. For instance, Nadal was #1 seed in Wimbledon 2009 as he withdrew after getting his seed. But he was not seeded for this years AO or last years USO.

The list is not complete, I did most of the players to reach #1 - dropping a couple with short careers - and added the best active players never to accomplish this feat. And it's Open Era only.

Most times as #1

Roger Federer 23

Pete Sampras 23

Ivan Lendl 18

Björn Borg 14

Rod Laver 11

John McEnroe 10

Jimmy Connors 9

Rafael Nadal 9

Novak Djokovic 8

Andre Agassi 7

Lleyton Hewitt 7

Stefan Edberg 6

Guillermo Vilas 5

Jim Courier 5

Ilie Nastase 4

John Newcombe 4

Gustavo Kuerten 3

Boris Becker 2

Ken Rosewall 2

Mats Wilander 1

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1

Andy Roddick 1

Arthur Ashe 1

Marcelo Rios 1

What I find most interesting here is the fact that Borg, with 109 weeks as #1 to his name, was seeded #1 14 times. Connors, with 268 weeks, only 9 times. That is partly because he didn't play FO in many of his best years, but still...he was seeded #1 only three times in each of W and USO.

Most times in the top-2 (seeded for the final)

Roger Federer 32

Pete Sampras 29

Ivan Lendl 29

Rafael Nadal 29

Jimmy Connors 19

John McEnroe 19

Björn Borg 17

Andre Agassi 16

Stefan Edberg 16

Boris Becker 14

John Newcombe 13

Novak Djokovic 12

Rod Laver 11

Ilie Nastase 9

Ken Rosewall 9

Guillermo Vilas 8

Andy Roddick 8

Jim Courier 7

Mats Wilander 7

Lleyton Hewitt 7

Marat Safin 5

Gustavo Kuerten 5

Michael Chang 4

Marcelo Rios 3

Andy Murray 3

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 2

Arthur Ashe 2

Pat Rafter 2

Thomas Muster 1

Impressive here by Nadal, noone is close to his 20 #2 seeds.

Most times in the top-4 (seeded for the SF)

Roger Federer 41

Ivan Lendl 38

Pete Sampras 36

Jimmy Connors 34

Boris Becker 32

Stefan Edberg 32

Rafael Nadal 32

Andre Agassi 28

Novak Djokovic 27

John McEnroe 24

Guillermo Vilas 23

Björn Borg 22

Mats Wilander 22

Andy Murray 18

John Newcombe 16

Ken Rosewall 14

Lleyton Hewitt 13

Andy Roddick 13

Ilie Nastase 13

Arthur Ashe 13

Rod Laver 13

Jim Courier 11

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 11

Marat Safin 10

Pat Rafter 8

Michael Chang 7

Juan Carlos Ferrero 7

David Ferrer 7

Gustavo Kuerten 6

Nikolay Davydenko 6

Carlos Moya 4

Marcelo Rios 4

Thomas Muster 4

Guillermo Coria 2

Juan Martin del Potro 1

Federer has done all his 41 in a row.

Also, here we finally find Carlos Moya, historic as the only #1 never to have been seeded either #1, #2 or #3 in a slam.

Most times in the top-8 (seeded for the QF)

Roger Federer 47

Ivan Lendl 44

Pete Sampras 44

Andre Agassi 44

Boris Becker 42

Jimmy Connors 41

Stefan Edberg 38

Rafael Nadal 33

Andy Roddick 30

John McEnroe 29

Guillermo Vilas 29

Mats Wilander 28

Novak Djokovic 28

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 27

Björn Borg 25

Arthur Ashe 24

Michael Chang 22

Ilie Nastase 22

Andy Murray 22

John Newcombe 21

Lleyton Hewitt 20

Ken Rosewall 20

Nikolay Davydenko 17

David Ferrer 17

Jim Courier 16

Thomas Muster 14

Tomas Berdych 14

Rod Laver 13

Marat Safin 13

Carlos Moya 13

Juan Carlos Ferrero 12

Gustavo Kuerten 12

Pat Rafter 11

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10

Guillermo Coria 10

Juan Martin del Potro 10

Marcelo Rios 5

Federer has now taken this record also.

Most times in the top-16

Ivan Lendl 52

Roger Federer 51

Andre Agassi 50

Jimmy Connors 48

Pete Sampras 47

Stefan Edberg 43

Boris Becker 42

Andy Roddick 38

Guillermo Vilas 33

Rafael Nadal 33

Michael Chang 32

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 32

John McEnroe 30

Mats Wilander 29

Novak Djokovic 29

Arthur Ashe 27

Andy Murray 26

Björn Borg 25

Lleyton Hewitt 25

David Ferrer 25

Tomas Berdych 25

Jim Courier 24

John Newcombe 24

Ilie Nastase 23

Ken Rosewall 22

Nikolay Davydenko 21

Carlos Moya 20

Marat Safin 18

Thomas Muster 18

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 18

Gustavo Kuerten 16

Juan Carlos Ferrero 15

Pat Rafter 15

Rod Laver 14

Marcelo Rios 14

Juan Martin del Potro 13

Guillermo Coria 11