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FedEx ATP Performance Zone: Best Under Pressure

Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal leads four 'under pressure' categories, according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index.

We take a look at the players who were the best under pressure in the 2013 ATP World Tour season, using the FedEx ATP Performance Zone.

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NADAL STRONG AGAINST ELITE

Rafael Nadal lost one match against a Top 10 opponent in the Emirates ATP Rankings through the first nine months. He lost three times to Novak Djokovic (Monte-Carlo, Beijing and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, once to Juan Martin del Potro (Shanghai) and once to David Ferrer (Paris).

Versus Top 10 (min. 5 matches) W-L Index
1 Rafael Nadal 24-5 .828
2 Novak Djokovic 24-6 .800
3 Andy Murray 5-5 .500
  Michael Llodra 3-3 .500
5 Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 .462
6 Stanislas Wawrinka 9-12 .429
7 Vasek Pospisil 2-3 .400
8 Ernests Gulbis 3-5 .375
  John Isner 3-5 .375
  Tommy Robredo 3-5 .375
  Dmitry Tursunov 3-5 .375

BAUTISTA AGUT TOPS TIE-BREAK LIST

Roberto Bautista Agut, who reached his first ATP World Tour final at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Tipsarevic) in the first week of 2013, lost just five tie-breaks during the season. He maintained his place in the Top 100, rising as high at No. 48 on 22 July.

Tie-Breaks (min. 15) W-L Index
1 Roberto Bautista Agut 16-5 .762
2 Dmitry Tursunov 16-6 .727
3 Rafael Nadal 18-7 .720
4 Andy Murray 16-7 .696
5 Federico Delbonis 9-4 .692
6 Novak Djokovic 22-10 .688
  Marin Cilic 11-5 .688
8 John Isner 38-18 .679
9 Juan Martin del Potro 21-12 .636
10 Ivo Karlovic 18-11 .621

GASQUET PERFECT IN FINALS

Richard Gasquet won three ATP World Tour titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Davydenko), the Open Sud de France (d. Paire) and the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow (d. Kukushkin) and a career-high 50 matches. He finished the season at the top Frenchman (at No. 9) for first time since 2007.

Finals (min. 3 matches) W-L Index
1 Richard Gasquet 3-0 1.000
2 Andy Murray 4-1 .800
3 Novak Djokovic 7-2 .778
4 Rafael Nadal 10-4 .714
5 Juan Martin del Potro 4-2 .667
  Fabio Fognini 2-1 .667
  Tommy Haas 2-1 .667
  Mikhail Youzhny 2-1 .667
9 John Isner 2-2 .500
  Milos Raonic 2-2 .500

NADAL STRONG FRONTRUNNER

Nadal lost only one of 66 matches after winning the first set. It came in his fourth match of the year, following a seven month lay-off, to Horacio Zeballos in the Royal Guard Open Chile final. In contrast, he was 10-6 overall after losing the first set.

After Winning First Set W-L Index
1 Rafael Nadal 65-1 .985
2 Novak Djokovic 64-2 .970
3 Tommy Robredo 28-1 .966
4 Milos Raonic 37-2 .949
5 Andy Murray 34-2 .944
6 Nicolas Mahut 16-1 .941
7 Albert Montanes 15-1 .938
8 Juan Martin del Potro 40-3 .930
9 Nicolas Almagro 36-3 .923
10 Robin Haase 22-2 .917

After Losing First Set W-L Index
1 Rafael Nadal 10-6 .625
2 Andy Murray 9-6 .600
3 Novak Djokovic 10-7 .588
4 Juan Martin del Potro 11-13 .458
5 John Isner 9-14 .391
6 David Ferrer 12-19 .387
7 Marin Cilic 5-8 .385
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 8-13 .381
9 Roger Federer 7-13 .350
10 Lleyton Hewitt 8-15 .348

NADAL DEADLY IN DECIDERS

Nadal's three-set loss to Zeballos in the Vina del Mar title match on 10 February was the only time he failed to win a deciding set.

Decisive Set W-L Index
1 Rafael Nadal 14-1 .933
2 Andy Murray 9-1 .900
3 Tommy Robredo 14-4 .778
4 David Ferrer 20-8 .714
  Novak Djokovic 15-6 .714
6 Albert Montanes 7-3 .700
7 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 11-5 .688
8 Robin Haase 17-8 .680
9 Milos Raonic 10-5 .667
  Gilles Simon 12-6 .667
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 12-6 .667

DONSKOY, ROBREDO AMONG IRONMEN

Evgeny Donskoy and Tommy Robredo both had perfect 3-0 records in fifth sets. Donskoy won fifth sets against Mikhail Youzhny in the Australian Open second round, on Davis Cup duty versus James Ward in April and against Peter Gojowcyzk in the US Open second round. Robredo won three straight fifth sets at Roland Garros against Igor Sijsling, Gael Monfils and Nicolas Almagro en route to the quarter-finals.

Fifth Set (min. 3 matches) W-L Index
1 Evgeny Donskoy 3-0 1.000
  Tommy Robredo 3-0 1.000
3 Andreas Seppi 7-1 .875
4 Novak Djokovic 3-1 .750
  Ivan Dodig 3-1 .750
  Marcel Granollers 3-1 .750
  Gilles Simon 3-1 .750
  Janko Tipsarevic 3-1 .750
  Mikhail Youzhny 3-1 .750

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Performance Versus top 10

Current* Index Career Index
1. Novak Djokovic .846 .613
2. Roger Federer .652 .648
3. Rafael Nadal .619 .683
4. Stan Wawrinka .615 .327
5. Carlos Berlocq .600 .136

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