FedEx Performance Zone: Best Clay-Court Records
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at who's had the most success on clay during the past 52 weeks, using the FedEx ATP Performance Zone
For the first 10 years of his career, Andy Murray won close to 70 per cent of his matches on clay, posting an 88-39 record (.693). But last year and so far in the 2016 ATP World Tour season, the World No. 2 has gone 29-3 (.906) on the red dirt.
The Brit's incredible improvement on the surface places him at the top of the clay-court FedEx ATP Win-Loss Index over the past 52 weeks. Murray has amassed an 18-3 record (.850) during that stretch, including last week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia title (d. Djokovic).
“I think I'm definitely moving better. It makes a huge difference,” said Murray, who also reached the Mutua Madrid Open final (l. to Djokovic). “For a number years I didn't move well on the clay... I believe I can play well on clay now.
"Moving better has sort of changed my mentality when I go on the court a lot. I don't feel like I'm off-balance anymore, and I feel like I can chase most balls down. And it's an easy surface for me to move on now.
"After I won a clay-court [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000 [title] last year, I certainly didn't think I'd be doing that multiple times over. Over the past couple of years, clay has probably been my most successful surface, which I never expected to be the case."
Behind Murray at No. 2 sits Rafael Nadal. The seven-time Rome champion has won 84 per cent of his matches on clay during the past 52 weeks, achieving a 28-5 record (.848) and three titles. Last month, Nadal won his ninth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and ninth Barcelona Open BancSabadell, equalling Guillermo Vilas' record of 49 career clay-court titles.
“I have been working so hard to enjoy moments like this," Nadal said in Barcelona. "I’m very happy and I feel lucky to enjoy this again.”
Novak Djokovic has had plenty of success on all surfaces over the past 12 months, and especially on clay. The Serb has clinched 83 per cent of his matches on clay (15-3) during that timeframe. Right behind him, at No. 4, is Dominic Thiem, who has won about 80 per cent of his matches and four clay-court titles during the past 52 weeks.