Who needed fewer tournaments to win a Masters 1000?


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Who needed fewer tournaments to win a Masters 1000?

Hubert Hurkacz is the new sensation on the ATP circuit. The 24-year-old Pole had a dream week in Miami, won his first Masters 1000 and broke into the Top 20 in the world.

The Polish was allowed to enter some historical lists. It is that it took only 14 participations in Masters 1000 tournaments to win his first tournament.

Stefan Edberg can be reached but never surpassed: he won a Masters 1000 in his first participation, in Indian Wells 1990. Two tournaments needed historical ones like Muster (Rome 1990) and Agassi (Miami 1990)

Of the active players, the one who needed the least is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with eight tournaments to win Paris 2008. Rafael Nadal needed 10 (Monte-Carlo 2005), Novak Djokovic won Miami 2007 in his 11th tournament and Zverev, like Hurkacz, did so in his 14th, when won Rome 2017.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray, the other two players who were No. 1 and are still active, needed 22 and 25 tournaments respectively. The Swiss did it in Hamburg 2002 and the Scotsman in Cincinnati 2008.

Fabio Fognini (active) and David Ferrer (retired) played 81 tournaments until winning their first Masters 1000: the Italian did it in Monte-Carlo 2019 and the Spanish in Paris 2012.

Among Latin Americans, Guillermo Coria and Guillermo Cañas needed fewer tournaments than Hurkacz: Willy did it in Toronto 2002 on his 12th attempt and El Mago won Hamburg 2003 (that of four Argentine semifinalists) in his 13th tournament. Marcelo Ríos took 15 (Monte-Carlo 97), David Nalbandian 44 (Madrid 2007: defeating the Big 3 in full) and Del Potro 52, when he won Indian Wells 2008.


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