FEDEX ATP PERFORMANCE ZONE
FedEx ATP Performance Zone: Vs. Top 10
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at Top 10 records over the past 52 weeks, using the FedEx ATP Performance Zone.
A true measure of greatness is how a player performs against Top 10 rivals. Over the past 52 weeks, Novak Djokovic has been pre-eminent compiling a 22-5 record (.815) to lead the FedEx ATP Win-Loss Index.
When the Serbian relinquished No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to Rafael Nadal on 7 October 2013, he put together a 17-5 record versus the ATP World Tour elite prior to returning to the summit of men’s professional tennis on 7 July 2014. That included seven titles in 11 tournaments.
Success on the ATP World Tour is attributed to playing consistently well on multiple surfaces as a result of physical fitness and mental prowess.
Richard Gasquet, who has spent 105 weeks in the Top 10 since breaking the barrier at No. 7 on 9 July 2007, says that members of the Top 10 are, "physically, mentally stronger and their tennis skills are more consistent. That is why they win a higher number of matches. The Rankings don't lie."
Nadal, who picked up his second US Open title last year, is No. 2 overall in the past calendar year with a 17-8 record (.680) with World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in third place with a 10-6 record against the Top 10.
Former World No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny told ATPWorldTour.com what it is like to face a Top 10 player. "On one hand, you have nothing to lose," he said. "You can play your best tennis. But it never is easy, as you really have to concentrate and be sure of your game plan and quickly adjust to the flow of the match."
Tommy Robredo, a former World No. 5, told ATPWorldTour.com, "Tactically, you have to be more astute against Top 10 players. They are quick to spot weaknesses and a drop in your level. When I was in the Top 10, there was pressure, but my status gave me confidence. It was what I had worked for."
Roger Federer has gone 6-1 against Top 10 players in his past three tournaments, which includes three final runs. He is among the title favourites who compete in New York City at the US Open, where he reached the final six straight years (2004-09).
Here is a look at the 52-week Top 10 records of current members of the elite.
|Current Top 10 Emirates ATP Rankings|
|Name||Win-Loss Vs. Top 10||Wins Percentage|
|1. Novak Djokovic||22-5||.815|
|2. Rafael Nadal||17-8||.680|
|3. Roger Federer||12-9||.571|
|4. Stan Wawrinka||10-6
|5. David Ferrer||4-11||.267|
|6. Milos Raonic||3-10||.231|
|7. Tomas Berdych||5-10||.333|
|8. Grigor Dimitrov||5-8||.385|
|9. Andy Murray||0-6||.000|
|10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||4-8||.333|
* The current Index for Top 10 records encompasses the 52-week span from the start of 2013 Winston-Salem through the beginning of 2014 Winston-Salem.