FEDEX RELIABILITY ZONE
FedEx Reliability Zone: Impressive Indoors
by James Buddell|
In the build-up to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, we look at the 52-week indoor records of the current Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
In artificial light, where court temperatures vary between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, tennis balls bounce lower and generally skid through on indoor courts. It means that a player is forced to be more aggressive.
Ivan Lendl, No. 2 overall in the indoor FedEx ATP Reliability Index list, who compiled a 344-71 (.829) indoor record including 42 titles, told ATPWorldTour.com. "It you hit the ball pretty clean, it means you can be more aggressive. When I played, and even today, the faster the indoor court, the more aggressive you can and should be."
Justin Gimelstob, who is now an ATP Board member, told ATPWorldTour.com, "Indoor tennis favours players with weapons. The controlled environment, no variables like sun or wind, gives aggressive players with weapons a huge advantage. Indoor tennis favours players who can finish points. Huge weapons everywhere on the court, serve, return, forehand and backhand."
David Ferrer led the ATP World Tour in 2012 with a 16-2 (.889) indoor record, while fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifiers Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer were among the Top 6.
Below, ATPWorldTour.com looks at the 52-week indoor records of the current Top 10 in the Emirates ATP Race To London (from 29 October 2012 to 28 October 2013). Players marked in bold have qualified for the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London from 4 November.
|1) Rafael Nadal||4-0 (1.000)||1 title - '13-Sao Paulo|
|2) Novak Djokovic||11-1 (.916)||1 title - '12 London Finale|
|3) David Ferrer||16-4 (.800)||1 title - '12 Paris|
|4) Juan Martin del Potro||14-4 (.777)||2 titles - '13 Rotterdam, Basel|
|5) Richard Gasquet||13-5 (.722)||-|
|6) Roger Federer||9-4 (.662)||-|
|7) Tomas Berdych||13-7 (.650)||-|
|8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||12-7 (.632)||1 title - '13 Marseille|
|9) Stanislas Wawrinka||5-4 (.555)||-|
|10) Andy Murray||3-3 (.500)||-|
Rafael Nadal has the best winning percentage outdoors (.859) of any player since 1973, according to the FedEx Reliability Index, but indoors he is positioned 36th overall (.659). Courtesy of February's Brasil Open 2013 indoor title at Sao Paulo, in his second tournament back after a seven-month injury lay-off, Nadal has a perfect 4-0 record indoors (as of 29 October 2013) and leads the list with the best winning percentage.
Interestingly, Nadal's only indoor hard-court title came at the 2005 Mutua Madrid Open.
While del Potro is the only player this year to have lifted two indoor trophies at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Benneteau) and at last week's Swiss Indoors Basel (d. Federer).
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