Active ATP Masters 1000 Champions: A look at current Masters 1000 winners

Andrew Hendrie in ATP 2 May 2018
  • Only 14 active players have won an ATP Masters 1000 title
  • Will anyone else join the club in 2018?
Rafael Nadal with the 2017 Madrid Masters trophy (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner have already joined a prestigious club in tennis this season - and that’s the active ATP Masters 1000 champions honour roll, which reads just 14 names.

Winning an ATP Masters 1000 title is no easy feat, illustrated by the fact that only 14 active players, including the ‘Big Four’, have managed to break through and emerge triumphant.

Since the ATP Masters Series was rebranded in 2009 as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been dominant, combining to win 64 out of the 72 tournaments played before the start of the 2017 season.

However, 2017 saw a shift of power, with Djokovic and Murray absent for large portions of the season through injury, with the likes of Alexander Zverev (twice), Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock stepping up and adding their name to Masters 1000 glory. That trend has continued into 2018, with Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner claiming the first two Masters 1000 titles of the season in Indian Wells and Miami, while Nadal restored some parity by winning an 11th Monte-Carlo Masters crown to launch the clay season.

Read on below as we list the active ATP Masters 1000 champions!

Rafael Nadal (31)

Rafael Nadal holds the 2017 Monte-Carlo Masters trophy (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Nadal currently holds a share of the record for most ATP Masters 1000 titles won with Novak Djokovic, securing 30 of the prestigious titles over the course of his illustrious career. From picking up his first Masters title in 2005 as a teenager in Monte-Carlo - a tournament he won a record eight consecutive times from 2005 to 2012 - to winning five straight in 2013 from Rome through to Cincinnati and claiming a record 11th Monte-Carlo crown (and 31st Masters 1000 title overall), Nadal has been a dominant force inside the Masters 1000 arena, holding the record for a title won for the most consecutive years (10).


2005: Monte-Carlo, Rome, Canada, Madrid
2006: Monte-Carlo, Rome
2007: Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo, Rome
2008: Monte-Carlo, Hamburg, Canada
2009: Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo, Rome
2010: Monte-Carlo, Rome, Madrid
2011: Monte-Carlo
2012: Monte-Carlo, Rome
2013: Indian Wells, Rome, Madrid, Canada, Cincinnati
2014: Madrid
2015: -
2016: Monte-Carlo
2017: Monte-Carlo, Madrid
2018: Monte-Carlo

Novak Djokovic (30)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the 2016 Miami Masters trophy (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Djokovic’s quest to build up an almost unbeatable lead in terms of Masters 1000 titles won was cut short in 2017 due to injury, with the Serbian failing to win a trophy at Masters Series level for the first time since 2010. Djokovic’s first two Masters 1000 titles came in 2007 at Miami and Canada, while he really came into his own from 2011 onwards, winning at least three Masters titles every season until 2017, including an extraordinary six in 2015, along with two more runner-up finishes. The Cincinnati title remains the only Masters 1000 title Djokovic is yet to win, while he’s also the only man in history to have won the ‘Sunshine Double’ of Indian Wells and Miami on four occasions.


2007: Miami, Canada
2008: Indian Wells, Rome
2009: Paris
2010: -
2011: Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Canada
2012: Miami, Canada, Shanghai
2013: Monte-Carlo, Shanghai, Paris
2014: Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Paris
2015: Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Shanghai, Paris
2016: Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Canada
2017: -

Roger Federer (27)

Roger Federer holds the 2017 Shanghai Masters trophy (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Federer holds the record for most matches won at Masters events, but he narrowly trails rivals Djokovic and Nadal for titles - although he has made up ground during his incredibly resurgent 2017, winning three titles in Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. Federer collected his first Masters title at the German Open in Hamburg in 2002 - which has since been downgraded to an ATP 500 tournament - while his most successful Masters seasons came in 2005 and 2006 when he won four titles in both years.


2002: Hamburg
2003: -
2004: Indian Wells, Hamburg, Canada
2005: Indian Wells, Miami, Hamburg, Cincinnati
2006: Indian Wells, Miami, Canada, Madrid
2007: Hamburg, Cincinnati
2008: -
2009: Madrid, Cincinnati
2010: Cincinnati
2011: Paris
2012: Indian Wells, Madrid, Cincinnati
2013: -
2014: Cincinnati, Shanghai
2015: Cincinnati
2016: -
2017: Indian Wells, Miami, Shanghai

Andy Murray (14)

Andy Murray with the 2016 Paris Masters trophy (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Murray has won less than half the Masters 1000 titles of his biggest rivals in Nadal and Djokovic, but the Scot has nevertheless been extremely prolific at this level, winning 14 throughout his career, starting with his first triumph in Cincinnati in 2008, while his most successful season came in 2016 when he won Rome, Shanghai and Paris, the latter two helping him claim the No. 1 ranking for the first time.


2008: Cincinnati, Shanghai
2009: Miami, Canada
2010: Canada, Shanghai
2011: Cincinnati, Shanghai
2012: -
2013: Miami
2014: -
2015: Madrid, Canada
2016: Rome, Shanghai, Paris
2017: -

Alexander Zverev (2)

Alexander Zverev stunned Novak Djokovic to win the 2017 Rome Masters (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Zverev came out of nowhere to win the same amount of Masters 1000 titles in 2017 as World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, claiming back-to-back titles in Rome and Canada - the youngest player to win two consecutive Masters 1000 titles since an 18-year-old Nadal in 2005 in Monte-Carlo and Rome. Zverev became the youngest Masters champion since Novak Djokovic in 2007 when he defeated the Serbian to win his maiden trophy in Rome, while he took the scalp of another legend to emerge victorious in Montreal, beating Roger Federer in straight sets in the final.


2017: Rome, Canada

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's triumph at the 2014 Toronto Masters was incredible (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

One of just two active men outside the ‘Big Four’ to have won multiple Masters 1000 titles, Tsonga capped a breakout 2008 season - in which he also made the Australian Open final - by winning his home Masters tournament in Paris, but it was triumph at the 2014 Canada Masters in Toronto that will stand the test of time, with the Frenchman beating four top 10 players in a row - including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer - to clinch his second Masters crown.


2008: Paris
2014: Canada

Tomas Berdych (1)

Tomas Berdych won his one and only Masters 1000 title in Paris in 2005 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Incredibly, Berdych’s lone Masters title came over a decade ago in 2005 in Paris - the Czech’s first full main season on the ATP World Tour. Many of the world’s best players were absent, with Berdych conquering second seed Guillermo Coria in the second round before going on to beat Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gaston Gaudio, Radek Stepanek and Ivan Ljubicic in a five-set final.


2005: Paris

Tommy Robredo (1)

Tommy Robredo won the 2006 Hamburg Masters (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The forgotten man when it comes to active Masters champions, former World No. 5 Robredo managed to win the one and only Masters final he’s contested at Hamburg in 2006. Nadal and Federer both withdrew before the tournament due to fatigue, with Robredo taking full advantage to take down David Ferrer, Mario Antic and Radek Stepanek and capture the title.


2006: Hamburg

David Ferrer (1)

David Ferrer with the 2012 Paris Masters trophy (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ferrer has been thwarted on the Grand Slam stage countless times by the ‘Big Four’ and it was looking like a similar story inside the Masters arena as he lost his first three finals to Nadal (twice in Rome and Monte-Carlo in 2010 and 2011) and Murray (Shanghai, 2011). However Ferrer took his opportunity at the 2012 Paris Masters - the Masters tournament with the most surprising winners in recent times - ending the run of qualifier Jerzy Janowicz in the final.


2012: Paris

Stan Wawrinka (1)

Stanislas Wawrinka beat Roger Federer for the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters title (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

One of the rare players that has won more Grand Slam titles than Masters, Wawrinka surprisingly has just one Masters trophy in his cabinet. Following on from winning his first major at the Australian Open earlier in the season, Wawrinka picked up his one and only Masters title in 2014 at Monte-Carlo, defeating three top 10 players on the bounce, including Milos Raonic, David Ferrer and Roger Federer in the final.


2014: Monte-Carlo

Marin Cilic (1)

Marin Cilic won his maiden Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati in 2016 (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cilic famously won a Grand Slam before winning a Masters - and he went on to win a Masters before an ATP 500 tournament after securing the 2016 Cincinnati title. Cilic overcame Grigor Dimitrov in a late-night semi-final before returning the next day to beat top seed Andy Murray in straight sets, ending a run of 18 straight Masters events won by the ‘Big Four’.


2016: Cincinnati

Grigor Dimitrov (1)

MASON, OH - AUGUST 20: Grigor Dimitrov with the 2017 Cincinnati Masters trophy (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

For the second straight season the Cincinnati Masters would crown a surprise champion, with Dimitrov following on from Cilic’s footsteps in 2017. It must be said that an extremely depleted field was present in Cincinnati, with Federer, Murray and Djokovic all absent, but Dimitrov was the man who stepped up and seized his chance, defeating Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios among others to win his first Masters 1000 title.


2017: Cincinnati

Jack Sock (1)

Sock's run to maiden Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters at the end of 2017 has got to go down as one of the most dramatic in recent memory. While many top players are either absent or got one eye on the ATP Finals in London during the Paris Masters, Sock was the man who stepped up and took advantage, somehow recovering from a 5-1 final set deficit in his opening round against Kyle Edmund to ride that momentum all the way to the title, defeating fellow surprise finalist - qualifier Filip Krajinovic - for a memorable title.


2017: Paris

Juan Martin del Potro (1)

If injury hadn’t ruined his career after winning the 2009 U.S. Open title, surely Juan Martin del Potro would be higher up this list with multiple Masters 1000 trophies, but the Argentine finally managed to claim an elusive piece of Masters silverware at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

In one of the most dramatic finals in recent memory, del Potro became the first player in 2018 to defeat Roger Federer, ending the Swiss legend’s 17-match winning start to the season by saving three match points to claim a 6-4 6-7(8) 7-6(2) victory.

“It's so big,” Del Potro said of winning his first Masters 1000 title. “I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis. We played great tennis today.

“I'm No. 6 in the world, I think? Which is so good to me. And I'm excited to keep working... I just want to keep winning titles like this if I can.” 


2018: Indian Wells

John Isner (1)

After going so long with barely any first-time Masters 1000 champions, John Isner made it three in a row (and three non-European winners on the trot) when he suddenly roared to life at the Miami Open, taking out the likes of Hyeon Chung, Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev to capture his first ever Masters 1000 title.

The big-serving American had only won two matches all year before Miami, but Isner was in top form in Florida, becoming the oldest first-time Masters 1000 champion in history.

"To win like that in front of a crowd like that, with that atmosphere, you can't replicate moments like that," said Isner. "It was absolutely amazing.

"This tournament has so much history. All the best players have played here thought the years. For Sascha and I to share the court in the last men's singles match ever here at this tournament is amazing. I never thought I would be in this moment considering how I was playing coming into this event."


2018: Miami

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