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FedEx ATP Performance Zone: Best By Surface

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Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal was the top clay-court performer of 2013, according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index.

We take a look at the match wins leaders by surface of the 2013 ATP World Tour season, using the FedEx ATP Win/Loss Index.

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DJOKOVIC DOMINATES ON HARD

Six of Novak Djokovic's seven titles in 2013 came on hard courts. He is 20 matches unbeaten on the surface since losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final on 9 September.

Mats Wilander told ATPWorldTour.com, "Djokovic had a great year, but Nadal’s comeback was just a little bit better so he deserved his year-end No. 1 [Emirates ATP] Ranking. But Djokovic is not the sort of player who will want to stay at No. 2 for long. I can see him being No. 1 for the next four years. He can play on every surface and has incredible desire."

Nadal won four North American hard-court tournaments and compiled a 26-match winning streak on the surface before he suffered his first loss to Djokovic in the China Open final on 6 October.

Hard Courts W-L Index
1 Novak Djokovic 53-5 .914
2 Rafael Nadal 36-4 .900
3 Andy Murray 26-5 .839
4 Juan Martin del Potro 42-12 .778
5 Milos Raonic 36-12 .750
6 Ernests Gulbis 24-9 .727
7 Roger Federer 28-11 .718
8 Richard Gasquet 39-16 .709
9 Marin Cilic 14-6 .700
10 Tomas Berdych 37-17 .696

NADAL REMAINS KING OF CLAY

Nadal, who returned from a seven-month injury lay-off in February, won six clay-court finals from eight finals. His two losses came in title matches - against Horacio Zeballos at the Royal Guard Open Chile in his first event and to Djokovic in his ninth straight Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final.

Pat Rafter told ATPWorldTour.com, "Freaky players do freaky things. It didn't surprise me!" Wilander added, "Nadal adjusted his game style, after his injury. He seemed to be more aggressive on his forehand; he served hard and used his backhand slice to great effect."

Clay Courts W-L Index
1 Rafael Nadal 39-2 .951
2 Novak Djokovic 15-3 .833
3 David Ferrer 21-6 .778
4 Stanislas Wawrinka 24-7 .774
5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 12-4 .750
6 Fabio Fognini 28-10 .737
7 Tommy Robredo 25-10 .714
8 Roger Federer 12-5 .706
9 Tommy Haas 14-6 .700
10 Kevin Anderson 11-5 .688

MURRAY'S GREATEST TRIUMPH

Andy Murray won the Aegon Championships for the second straight year (and the third time overall) en route to becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to lift the trophy at The Championships at Wimbledon.

Mats Wilander told ATPWorldTour.com, "I don't know how much of an effect that Ivan Lendl has had on Murray winning two major titles. But Murray has certainly got more poise and greater discipline in his shot selections. Now that he has won Wimbledon, ending a drought for a British champion, what is his next goal? How will he inspire himself? Only Murray can answer that question."

Rafter added, "He has become a better and better player over the years. He has learned things along the way and from players who he has played a lot. He is a great player and I expect him to win a couple more majors."

Nicolas Mahut, 31, lifted ATP World Tour singles silverware for the first time at the Topshelf Open (d. Wawrinka) and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships (d. Hewitt).

Grass Courts W-L Index
1 Andy Murray 12-0 1.000
2 Nicolas Mahut 12-2 .857
  Novak Djokovic 6-1 .857
4 Marin Cilic 5-1 .833
  Roger Federer 5-1 .833
6 Feliciano Lopez 9-2 .818
7 Juan Martin del Potro 7-2 .778
  Mikhail Youzhny 7-2 .778
9 Tomas Berdych 6-2 .750
  Lleyton Hewitt 9-3 .750
  Andreas Seppi 6-2 .750
  Fernando Verdasco 6-2 .750

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1. Novak Djokovic .885 .821
2. Rafael Nadal .836 .858
3. Roger Federer .825 .817
4. Kei Nishikori .760 .617
5. Stan Wawrinka .745 .635

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