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04-03-2013, 08:50 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 AO 2013 or USO 2014.

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

Novak Djokovic 11

Rod Laver 11

Rafael Nadal 10

John McEnroe 10

Jimmy Connors 9

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 34

Rafael Nadal 31

Pete Sampras 29

Ivan Lendl 29

Jimmy Connors 19

John McEnroe 19

Björn Borg 17

Novak Djokovic 16

Andre Agassi 16

Stefan Edberg 16

Boris Becker 14

John Newcombe 13

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

Andy Murray 3

Marcelo Rios 3

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 2

Arthur Ashe 2

Pat Rafter 2

Thomas Muster 1

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

Roger Federer 45

Ivan Lendl 38

Pete Sampras 36

Rafael Nadal 35

Jimmy Connors 34

Boris Becker 32

Stefan Edberg 32

Novak Djokovic 31

Andre Agassi 28

John McEnroe 24

Guillermo Vilas 23

Björn Borg 22

Mats Wilander 22

Andy Murray 19

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

David Ferrer 8

Pat Rafter 8

Michael Chang 7

Juan Carlos Ferrero 7

Gustavo Kuerten 6

Nikolay Davydenko 6

Carlos Moya 4

Marcelo Rios 4

Thomas Muster 4

Guillermo Coria 2

Juan Martin del Potro 1

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

Roger Federer 51

Pete Sampras 44

Andre Agassi 44

Ivan Lendl 44

Boris Becker 42

Jimmy Connors 41

Stefan Edberg 38

Rafael Nadal 36

Novak Djokovic 32

Andy Roddick 30

John McEnroe 29

Guillermo Vilas 29

Mats Wilander 28

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 27

Andy Murray 26

Björn Borg 25

Arthur Ashe 24

Michael Chang 22

Ilie Nastase 22

John Newcombe 21

Lleyton Hewitt 20

David Ferrer 20

Ken Rosewall 20

Tomas Berdych 18

Nikolay Davydenko 17

Jim Courier 16

Thomas Muster 14

Marat Safin 13

Carlos Moya 13

Rod Laver 13

Gustavo Kuerten 12

Juan Carlos Ferrero 12

Pat Rafter 11

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10

Juan Martin del Potro 10

Guillermo Coria 10

Marcelo Rios 5

Most times in the top-16

Roger Federer 55

Ivan Lendl 52

Andre Agassi 50

Jimmy Connors 48

Pete Sampras 47

Stefan Edberg 43

Boris Becker 42

Andy Roddick 38

Rafael Nadal 36

Novak Djokovic 33

Guillermo Vilas 33

Michael Chang 32

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 32

Andy Murray 30

John McEnroe 30

Mats Wilander 29

David Ferrer 29

Tomas Berdych 29

Arthur Ashe 27

Björn Borg 25

Lleyton Hewitt 25

Jim Courier 24

John Newcombe 24

Ilie Nastase 23

Ken Rosewall 22

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 21

Nikolay Davydenko 21

Carlos Moya 20

Marat Safin 18

Thomas Muster 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 AO 2013 or USO 2014.

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

Novak Djokovic 11

Rod Laver 11

Rafael Nadal 10

John McEnroe 10

Jimmy Connors 9

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 34

Rafael Nadal 31

Pete Sampras 29

Ivan Lendl 29

Jimmy Connors 19

John McEnroe 19

Björn Borg 17

Novak Djokovic 16

Andre Agassi 16

Stefan Edberg 16

Boris Becker 14

John Newcombe 13

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

Andy Murray 3

Marcelo Rios 3

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 2

Arthur Ashe 2

Pat Rafter 2

Thomas Muster 1

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

Roger Federer 45

Ivan Lendl 38

Pete Sampras 36

Rafael Nadal 35

Jimmy Connors 34

Boris Becker 32

Stefan Edberg 32

Novak Djokovic 31

Andre Agassi 28

John McEnroe 24

Guillermo Vilas 23

Björn Borg 22

Mats Wilander 22

Andy Murray 19

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

David Ferrer 8

Pat Rafter 8

Michael Chang 7

Juan Carlos Ferrero 7

Gustavo Kuerten 6

Nikolay Davydenko 6

Carlos Moya 4

Marcelo Rios 4

Thomas Muster 4

Guillermo Coria 2

Juan Martin del Potro 1

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

Roger Federer 51

Pete Sampras 44

Andre Agassi 44

Ivan Lendl 44

Boris Becker 42

Jimmy Connors 41

Stefan Edberg 38

Rafael Nadal 36

Novak Djokovic 32

Andy Roddick 30

John McEnroe 29

Guillermo Vilas 29

Mats Wilander 28

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 27

Andy Murray 26

Björn Borg 25

Arthur Ashe 24

Michael Chang 22

Ilie Nastase 22

John Newcombe 21

Lleyton Hewitt 20

David Ferrer 20

Ken Rosewall 20

Tomas Berdych 18

Nikolay Davydenko 17

Jim Courier 16

Thomas Muster 14

Marat Safin 13

Carlos Moya 13

Rod Laver 13

Gustavo Kuerten 12

Juan Carlos Ferrero 12

Pat Rafter 11

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10

Juan Martin del Potro 10

Guillermo Coria 10

Marcelo Rios 5

Most times in the top-16

Roger Federer 55

Ivan Lendl 52

Andre Agassi 50

Jimmy Connors 48

Pete Sampras 47

Stefan Edberg 43

Boris Becker 42

Andy Roddick 38

Rafael Nadal 36

Novak Djokovic 33

Guillermo Vilas 33

Michael Chang 32

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 32

Andy Murray 30

John McEnroe 30

Mats Wilander 29

David Ferrer 29

Tomas Berdych 29

Arthur Ashe 27

Björn Borg 25

Lleyton Hewitt 25

Jim Courier 24

John Newcombe 24

Ilie Nastase 23

Ken Rosewall 22

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 21

Nikolay Davydenko 21

Carlos Moya 20

Marat Safin 18

Thomas Muster 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