Top five players with most final appearances at ATP Finals
Roger Federer tops the list with 10 appearances.
The ATP Finals is the season-ending championship in the ATP Tour. It is the most significant tennis event in the men’s annual calendar after the four majors, as it features the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams based on their results throughout the season. This is the 54th edition (2023) of the tournament (49th in doubles), and the third time Turin hosted the ATP Tour year-end championships.
Novak Djokovic holds the record for the most singles titles – seven, while Peter Fleming and John McEnroe jointly lead in doubles titles (seven as a team). The Serbian won his record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title on Sunday (November 19th) with a straight-set victory against home favorite Jannik Sinner.
In this article, we will now look at the list of the top five players with the most final appearances at ATP Finals.
Pete Sampras (06)
Pete Sampras, American tennis legend, holds a remarkable record in the ATP Finals, the prestigious season-ending championship in the ATP Tour. With five titles and one runner-up finish, the former world no.1, stands as one of the most accomplished players in the tournament’s history.
The five ATP Finals titles won ties him with Ivan Lendl for third place in the all-time list, behind Novak Djokovic’s record-breaking seven titles and Roger Federer’s six titles. Sampras’s dominance in the tournament spanned throughout the 1990s, winning titles in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 1999. His ability to excel on indoor courts, where the ATP Finals are typically held, was a key factor in his success.
Boris Becker (08)
Boris Becker, a German tennis legend, holds a notable record in the ATP Finals and appeared in the final of the season-ending championship – eight times. Known for his aggressive playing style and formidable serve, Becker became a captivating player for fans to watch all over the world.
The German won the trophy in 1992 and 1995, beating Jim Courier and Michael Chang, respectively. Becker finished runner-up on five occasions (1985, 86, 89, 94 and 96). In 1996, Becker and Sampras contested one of the finest finals in ATP Finals history over five sets. He finished his career with a 36-13 record in the tournament.
Ivan Lendl (09)
Ivan Lendl was one of the most dominant players in the ATP Finals history, appearing in the final five times, and ranked third with Djokovic. Lendl was ranked world No. 1 in singles for 270 weeks and won 94 singles titles overall. He won eight major singles titles and was runner-up 11 times (tied with Roger Federer for second most behind Novak Djokovic’s 12), making him the first man to contest 19 Major finals.
The Czech Republican also contested a record eight consecutive US Open finals.
Novak Djokovic (09)
Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and his record at the ATP Finals is simply astonishing. Having won the tournament a record seven times, he has also appeared in the tournament’s final a record nine times, second only to Roger Federer’s 10 appearances.
Djokovic first appeared in the ATP Finals in 2007, when he was 20-years-old. The Serbian made his 9th appearance in the finals, only trailing Roger Federer (10) for the most appearances since the inaugural edition in 1970.
Roger Federer (10)
Roger Federer, the Swiss legend clinched the tournament a record six times. The former world no.1 has the most appearances in the final of the tournaments history.
Federer has won 11 hard-court Grand Slam titles (six at the Australian Open and five at the US Open), which is second behind Djokovic (14). He is the only player to win five consecutive titles at the US Open (2004–08).