My generation of tennis fans was already incredibly lucky to grow up watching two of the best tennis players of all time, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in their prime years.
At the Miami Masters, Roger Federer won his 28th Masters 1000 title and his 101st title overall with an efficient 6-1 6-4 win over the giant American John Isner.
Federer, of course, has won 20 Grand Slam titles as well.
This was his 50th Masters final, the most for any player. Roger now has a 28-22 record in ATP Masters 1000 finals.
Next to Federer’s 50 is his greatest rival Rafa Nadal with 49.
The fiesty Spaniard has won 17 Grand Slam titles. He also has a much better conversion rate, with his Masters finals record being 33-16. No one has won as many Masters titles.
Novak Djokovic, a 15-time Grand Slam winner, is second to Nadal in Masters titles, with 32 wins from 47 finals.
He is the only player to have won all nine Masters 1000 tournaments. Even Roger and Rafa do not have this enviable stand-alone record.
The numbers for the trio stack up well.
Nadal boasts stand-alone records such as winning at least one Masters for each of the last ten years, as well as 11 Monte Carlo championships.
Rafa’s wins came at Monte Carlo (11), Italian Open (eight), Madrid Open (five), Canadian Open (four), Indian Wells (three), German Open and Cincinnati. He does not have wins at Miami and Shanghai. Clay delivered 25 trophies, while eight were on hard courts.
Rafa has beat Federer seven times and Novak five.
Rafa has just 16 losses at the finals and has lost to only five different players. Eight of the losses were on hard courts while seven were on clay. Novak has beaten him seven times, Roger five times.
Novak Djokovic is next with 32 wins. He is the only player to win all the nine Masters.
His best performances are at Miami and Indian Wells, where he has won six and five times respectively. He has won four titles each at the Canadian Open, Italian Open, Paris Open and Shanghai.
At Madrid and Monte Carlo, he has won twice each and last year he won his only title at Cincinnati to complete wins at each of the Masters.
Novak has 24 wins on hard courts and eight on clay. His biggest number of finals wins came against Rafa (six) then Federer and Andy Murray (five each).
Winning all nine is certainly an amazing achievement since conditions in all nine tournaments are different, and players compete in six matches in seven days, playing even more higher ranked players than in the Slams.
Novak’s losses at Masters finals have come against five players, including three times to Federer and five times each to Nadal and Murray.
Roger Federer’s best performances have been at Cincinnati, Indian Wells, Miami and the German Open, where he has won seven, five, four and four times respectively.
He has also won three times at the Madrid Open, twice each at the Canadian Open and at Shanghai, and once at the Paris Open. He has defeated Rafa in five finals and Novak in four.
Federer faced defeat in his first Masters 1000 final against Andre Agassi at the Miami Open in 2002.
He has lost in 22 finals, out of which seven were to Rafa and four to Novak.
Federer has not won the Monte Carlo Open and the Italian Open, although he has entered seven finals in these two, with five losses to Rafa alone.
This trio are the most successful players at the Masters and the only three players to win more than 300 matches.
While Federer has an overall 374-105 record, Rafa has won 366 and lost 77, while Novak has a 335-75 record.
The Monte Carlo Masters begins next week, one of the awaited tournaments of the year.
While Federer has opted out this season, both Rafa and Novak will be playing, and crowds will be cheering for a Nadal-Novak final.