Regularity is one of the aspects most yearned for by all elite tennis players. Being able to rest on a firm foundation and build a solid career from which to be able to continue improving without backing down later, is vital to be successful, but it is not often talked about on a statistical level. If the concept of consistency can be associated with anything, it is the fact that, on some occasion, they will step into the quarterfinals of each of the four Grand Slam, something that They have achieved 76 players, of whom 46 achieved it in the Open Era, according to the data collected by Oleg S. on his twitter profile.
Going off the list, we found tennis players who never won a great title, but who were in the fight for it for a long time. The dutch Tom okker is an example of this (finalist in the US Open and semifinalists in the other three), Cliff Drysdale, Roger Taylor, Alex Metreveli and Onny Parum They are other examples in the 70s of tennis players who stepped on the penultimate round of all majors without lifting any title. Already in the 80s, we ran into mythical players who won a great tournament and the fact of being on this list shows that this was not a simple skirmish; Vitas Gerulaitis and Johan Kriek are examples of this as well as a Miloslav Mecir who stayed in two finals and two semifinals.
In the 90s, there was room for some tennis players to sneak into the American domain. Michael Stitch He is remembered for winning at Wimbledon 1991, but he should also be remembered for being competitive in all major events, something similar to what happened with Richard Krajicek, Goran Ivanisevic, Michael Chang or Petr Korda. It is surprising to associate names like those of Marat Safin or David Nalbandián to a statistic like this, but both the Russian and the Argentine reached the quarterfinals in the four majors, just like Fernando González, Tommy Haas, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Patrick Rafter or Lleyton Hewitt.
And the golden stage of Big 3 arrived, or Big 4, as you prefer, or even Big 5. The fact is that in addition to these illustrious names, the main alternatives to their established power have shown for years their ability to persevere among the top. Juan Martín Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori are listed next to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. The biggest surprise is finding Mikhail Youzhny, Able to get into the top eight in all Grand Slam, even qualifying for the semifinals at US Open 2006 and 2010.
Although perhaps the most interesting thing on the list are the absences. And it is that, although it seems incredible, there are tennis players who reached the first positions of the ATP ranking and who won Grand Slam titles, who were resisted by some of the most important events in the world, being unable to explore its limits until the fourth end. These are some of the best examples, classified by the position they reached in the ATP classification:
Carlos Moyà: Round of 16 at Wimbledon
Marcelo Rios: Round of 16 at Wimbledon
Andy Roddick: Round of 16 at Roland Garros
Björn Borg: 3rd Round at the Australian Open
Gustavo Kuerten: 3rd Round at the Australian Open
Thomas muster: 1st Round at Wimbledon
Ilie Nastase: 1st Round at the Australian Open
Magnus Norman: Round of 16 at the US Open and 3rd Round at Wimbledon
Alex Corretja: 3rd Round at the Australian Open and 2nd Round at Wimbledon
Nikolay Davydenko: Round of 16 at Wimbledon
Guillermo Coria: Round of 16 at Australian Open and Wimbledon
Ivan Ljubicic: 3rd Round at Wimbledon and US Open
Yannick Noah: 3rd Round at Wimbledon
Sergi Bruguera: Round of 16 in all except Roland Garros
Brian Gottfried: 3rd Round Australian Open
Stan Smith: 3rd Round Australian Open