Men's Tennis Tournament Statistics

Goals

To understand how many times a men's tennis player playing in a major tennis tournament came back to win a match in five sets after losing the third set for the purposes of developing a potential creative idea.

Early Findings

Our preliminary findings show that we are able to provide this data for final matches of major tournaments, but not for all matches leading up to the final match. However, our analysis indicates that players winning after five sets once they are down 2-1 after three sets is becoming rarer, but it was more common in the latter part of the 19th century into the 20th century.
  • There is plenty of information available on major tennis tournaments' final match, which allows us to analyze the prevalence of a player being down 2-1 after three sets and coming back to win in five sets; however, analyzing all matches leading up to the final match is less feasible due to the relative lack of data.
  • When analyzing what experts say are the greatest comebacks in men's tennis of all time, almost all players were leading after the third set before going on to win in five.

WIMBLEDON

  • In 2014, Novak Djokovic of Serbia was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Roger Federer after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1971, John Newcombe of Australia was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Stan Smith after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1939, Bobby Riggs of the United States was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Elwood Cooke after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1927, Henri Cochet of France was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Jean Borotra after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1921, Bill Tilden of the United States was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Brian Norton after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1899, Reggie Doherty of Britain was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Arthur Gore after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1890, William Hamilton of Ireland was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to William Renshaw after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1887, Herbert Lawford of Britain was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Ernest Renshaw after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1882, William Renshaw of Britain was down in the Wimbledon final 2-1 to Earnest Renshaw after the third set, but came back to win the match in five sets.

US OPEN

  • In 2009, Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Roger Federer, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1973, John Newcombe of Australia was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Jan Kodes, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1968, Arthur Ashe of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Tom Okker, but came back to win the match.
  • In 1958, Ashley J. Cooper of Australia was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Malcom J. Anderson, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1949, Richard A. Gonzales of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Frederick Schroeder, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1947, Jack Kramer of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Frank Parker, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1933, Fred Perry of Britain was down in the US Open final 2-1 to John H. Crawford, but came back to with the match in five sets.
  • In 1929, William T. Tilden of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Francis T. Hunter, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1928, Henri Cochet of France was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Francis T. Hunter, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1922, William T. Tilden of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to William M. Johnston, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1916, Richard N. Williams of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to William M. Johnston, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1912, Maurice E. McLoughlin of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Wallace F. Johnson, but came back to win the match in five sets.
  • In 1891, Oliver S. Campbell of the United States was down in the US Open final 2-1 to Clarence Hobart, but came back to win the match in five sets.

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