Federer the record-breaker? – Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final to equal the record of five end-of-season championship titles, jointly held with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.
First champion – American Stan Smith won the first tournament in 1970, while his beaten opponent in the 1972 Wimbledon final Ilie Nastase claimed the next three titles.
Tennis legends – Swedish great Bjorn Borg won two Masters Grand Prix crowns, while arch-rival John McEnroe (right) was a three-time winner.
Champion Czech – Lendl reached eight straight finals in the 1980s, and the Czech won five of them to hold the record until Sampras matched him in 1999.
Kuerten calls – Gustavo Kuerten won the 2000 Masters Cup after beating Sampras and Andre Agassi in successive matches. The Brazilian snatched the year-end No. 1 spot from Russia's Marat Safin.
Djokovic's destiny – Current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic triumphed in the 2008 tournament in Shanghai, beating Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the final.