March Madness: The Indian Wells and Miami Double

I would argue that winning a Masters Series event is as hard as winning a Grand Slam in terms of having to beat more quality players. In a Grand Slam, the first few rounds can throw up some lucky losers, qualifiers, wild cards and lower ranked players before being really tested.

So not only winning a Masters is tough but winning the double back to back is a massive achievement. Here are some of the players that have achieved this:

Jim 'Iron Man' Courier

1. Jim Courier 1991

Jim had a banner year in 1991, not only winning the IW/M double (and the doubles event!) but taking home the French Open, US Open Runner Up and rising to number 2 in the world. The only player I think will emulate this is Nadal.

Michael 'The Wall' Chang

2. Michael Chang 1992

This same year reached the US Open SF, losing to Edberg in a 5-hour, 26-minute marathon (longest in Open history). Chang on US hard courts was in his element.

'Pistol' Pete Sampras

3. Pete Sampras 1994

Also this year won career-high 10 titles in 11 finals, including first Australian Open (d. T. Martin), second Wimbledon (d. Ivanisevic) and second ATP Tour World Championship in Frankfurt (d. Becker). Nice.

Marcelo Rios

4. Marcelo Rios 1998

Compiled his best career season in 1998 by leading ATP with seven titles in eight finals and co-leader (w/Agassi) with 68 matches won. One of the most outstanding years in tennis history.

Andre Agassi

5. Andre Agassi 2001

Won first title in Indian Wells in his 15th attempt(!), defeating Hewitt in SF and rival Sampras in final. Continued his success in Miami where he dropped only one set!

Roger 'Fed Express' Federer

6. Roger Federer 2005, 2006

In 2005 finished No. 1 for second straight year highlighted by an ATP-best 11 titles (along with Nadal), including two Grand Slam and a record four AMS crowns. In 2006 his 12 titles were most in a season since Thomas Muster in ‘95…Became first player in Open Era (since 1968) to win at least 10 titles three straight years…Also first player to reach all four Grand Slam finals in a year since Rod Laver in ‘69. Show off.

Novak Djokovic

7. Novak Djokovic 2011

No sooner did I write this post and Nole goes and wins the double and makes me have to re-edit this. An incredible effort from him, beating Rafa in the final.

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3 comments on “March Madness: The Indian Wells and Miami Double

  1. Pingback: Tennis Enigmas: Marcelo Rios « The Tennis Tipster | A Tennis Blog

      • Novak Djokovic is a solid player and a world class athetle, but to stamp him the best player ever is giving him credit he doesn’t deserve (yet). You cannot discount what Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal have done and sa y with a straight face that Novak is superior, because that would just be an act of ignorant bliss. Beyond the boundries of the baseline and into the record books is where we would have to delve and the numbers don’t lie. By being the best, you have to trump the best by overcoming their statistical records and multiple grand slam achievements across the board. Any other person who would think differently in this matter, certainly doesn’t have nor know the sport as they claim they would. (Just my honest and humble opinion) ;o)

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