Check out the players with most Masters 1000 wins as teenagers on the ATP Tour since 1990 – here’s everything you need to know
The Masters 1000 events are some of the most prestigious and competitive tournaments on the professional tour. Some of the greats of the sport made their mark by establishing their dominance in the Masters 1000 events from a very early stage of their careers. In this article, we will take a look at the top 5 ATP players since 1990, who have registered the most number of wins in Masters 1000 events before turning 20.
As a teenager, Rafael Nadal has 53 Masters 1000 wins – way ahead of the rest of the pack. Andrei Medvedev (27) is second in the list followed by Carlos Alcaraz (32), Andy Roddick (25), Denis Shapovalov (25) and Novak Djokovic (23). Since turning pro as a 15-year-old, Nadal has been a constant feature on the professional tour and established himself as an all-time great. Nadal’s dominance as a teenager is quite incredible and this is one of those very few records in Tennis which is probably unbreakable. Let us now take a detailed look at the list.
5. Denis Shapovalov – Shapovalov, now 23, made a really promising start to the professional tour and notched up 25 wins in Masters 1000 events as a teenager. The Canadian even made it to the Top 10 of the ATP men’s singles rankings but has slipped down gradually in the past few months. Shapovalov is currently ranked World No.27 in men’s singles.
4. Andy Roddick – Roddick is one of the most loved Tennis stars of this generation. The 2003 US Open Champion made a very bright start to his professional career, and he did make a significant mark in the sport. The US star notched up 25 Masters 1000 wins before turning 20 in 2002.
3. Andrei Medvedev – Medvedev ranks third in this list with 27 Masters 1000 wins as a teenager. The Ukrainian star is a former World No.4 in the ATP men’s singles rankings. He made an incredible start to his professional career – as a 17-year-old, he won his first two ATP Tour titles in Genoa and Stuttgart and finished the season ranked within the world’s top 25.
2. Carlos Alcaraz – Alcaraz ranks second in this list with 32 Masters 1000 wins as a teenager. The Spaniard will turn 20 in May and has just over a month in hand to further increase his tally. However, there is no way he can go anywhere near his idol, Rafael Nadal because there aren’t just enough matches scheduled for him to play before he turns 20.
1. Rafael Nadal – Nadal is miles ahead of anyone in this list with a tally of 53 wins. Nadal’s achievement is quite incredible and this appears to be one of the very few unbreakable records in the history of Tennis. Nadal also happens to be the first player to win 400 singles matches in Masters 1000 events. His first victory in this category came against Karol Kucera in the first round of the 2003 Monte Carlo Masters. The Spaniard’s 400+ wins at Masters 1000 events place him well ahead of second-placed Roger Federer, who has 381 victories to his name.
Some notable names who have missed out on making the top 5 of this list by a whisker are Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Djokovic has 23 wins as a teenager in Masters 1000 events while Murray notched up 21 Masters 1000 victories before turning twenty. The fact that Nadal has 30 more wins than these two legends of the sport is quite incredible.
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