From time to time, the difficulty of winning an ATP Masters 1000 tournament is compared to the difficulty of winning a Grand Slam tournament. This is because of how Masters events are scheduled. Masters champions must win a Friday quarterfinal, a Saturday semifinal, and a Sunday final—sometimes after playing on Thursday. Unseeded players who manage to navigate through the stacked draws are often asked to win six matches in seven days, if not six in six (which Julien Benneteau must do if he’s to win Cincinnati this week). Grand Slams, on the other hand, ask its champions to win seven matches over a two-week stretch.
But despite the taxing itineraries at the Masters, the best-of-five-set versus best-of-three-set format almost always tilts the argument in favor of the Slams.
Here’s a question, though: Is it harder to win a career Grand Slam, or, as the ATP has put it on Twitter, a Career Golden Masters?