FEDEX RELIABILITY ZONE
FedEx ATP Performance Zone: At Home On The Big Stage
FedEx Reliability Zone: Finals Records
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at players with superior finals records using the FedEx ATP Performance Zone and finds out what makes a big match player, with analysis from former ATP World Tour favourites.
Nerves always play a factor in tennis matches, especially so during finals – where a trophy is on the line. Some players rise to the challenge, others struggle to play their best tennis. It takes experience and time to gain this mindset, says former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert.
"The journey to become a big-match player is a process," Gilbert told ATPWorldTour.com. "A big-match player has played a lot of matches and doesn't feel overwhelmed by the moment. It then comes down to how he executes his tactics."
Of active players who have played in a minimum of 10 finals, Russian Nikolay Davydenko has had the most success in finals, recording 21 wins over 28 attempts, followed by Gilles Simon (11-4) and Juan Martin del Potro (18-7). Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, and Murray follow on the list.
FedEx ATP Win/Loss Index - Career Finals Performance
(of active players who have played a minimum of 10 finals)
|Juan Martin del Potro||.720||18-7|
Grigor Dimitrov shares the same FedEx ATP Win/Loss Index as leader Davydenko, with a 3-1 mark in finals. As one of the ATP World Tour's young guns, Dimitrov marked a big occasion in October of 2013 when he hoisted his first ATP World Tour trophy, defeating David Ferrer in the 2013 If Stockholm Open final.
“I was a bit nervous but less nervous than the first final I had at the beginning of [2013, in Brisbane],” said the Bulgarian. “I was even nervous in the last point.”
The 22-year-old Dimitrov entered his second championship match, against the veteran Spaniard, with his newly hired coach Roger Rasheed by his side. Dimitrov approached his second final with a new game plan.
"I knew I had to stay in the match. I'm playing against a good guy, a great competitor," said Dimitrov. "I'm sure [Ferrer] felt really comfortable.”
"Big-match players are players that can compartmentalise the pressure and play with a level of relaxation comparable to a less significant match,” Justin Gimelstob told ATPWorldTour.com.
"It is important to realise every player feels pressure; the most successful players just handle it better,” Gimelstob adds. “The best players are technically more efficient, and technical flaws reveal themselves in pressure moments, causing errors."