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The Trio That Dominates The Top 10

  • Posted: Aug 06, 2018

The Trio That Dominates The Top 10

The FedEx ATP Performance Zone reveals who performs the best against the sport’s elite stars

To be the best, you have to beat the best. And it’s safe to say that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have done plenty of that throughout their careers.

According to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone, not only is the tremendous trio far and away better than any other active player against the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings, but they are right at the top of key all-time lists. Swedish legend Bjorn Borg won 70.3 per cent of his matches against the elite group, the best rate of any player in history. But Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are right behind.

Recent Wimbledon champion Djokovic is second all-time with a 67.4 per cent win-rate (184-89), Federer is third by triumphing 65.8 per cent (214-111) of the time against the Top 10 and Nadal is fourth at 65.6 per cent (160-84).

Best Winning Percentage vs. Top 10 In History

 Player  Record  Winning Percentage
 1. Bjorn Borg  64-27  70.3%
 2. Novak Djokovic  184-89  67.4%
 3. Roger Federer  214-111  65.8%
 4. Rafael Nadal  160-84  65.6%
 5. Boris Becker  121-65  65.1%

Perhaps what is most impressive is that only four other active players are in the Top 50 on the all-time list. Andy Murray, who has won 45 tour-level titles, is ninth, having won 55.2 per cent of his matches against the top tier of competition on the ATP World Tour. Alexander Zverev is 24th (42.9%), Juan Martin del Potro is 34th (40.6%) and Kei Nishikori is 50th (37.6%).

In terms of overall victories against players inside the Top 10, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have separated themselves from some of the best competitors in tennis history. Federer has 214 triumphs to top the all-time list, Djokovic is second with 184 wins and Nadal is third with 160 victories. Ivan Lendl (129) and Pete Sampras (124), both former World No. 1s, round out the Top 5. 

Most Top 10 Wins, All-Time

 Player  Wins  Player  Wins
 1. Roger Federer  214  6. Boris Becker  121
 2. Novak Djokovic  184  7. Andre Agassi  109
 3. Rafael Nadal  160  8. Andy Murray  101
 4. Ivan Lendl  129  9. Stefan Edberg  98
 5. Pete Sampras  124  10. John McEnroe  91

Current Top 10’s Career Win-Rate Against The Top 10 

 Player  Wins  Player  Wins
 1. Novak Djokovic (No. 10)  67.4%  6. Dominic Thiem (No. 8)  31.0%
 2. Roger Federer (No. 2)  65.8%  7. Grigor Dimitrov (No. 6)  30.3%
 3. Rafael Nadal (No. 1)  65.6%  8. John Isner (No. 9)  30.0%
 4. Alexander Zverev (No. 3)  42.9%  9. Marin Cilic (No. 7)  28.4%
 5. Juan Martin del Potro (No. 4)  40.6%  10. Kevin Anderson (No. 5)  19.2%

Did You Know?
– Djokovic has clinched 48 of his 69 tour-level titles by defeating a Top 10 opponent in the championship match, winning 64.0 per cent of his finals (48-27) against members of that elite group. 

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De Minaur Makes Top 50 Breakthrough, Mover Of The Week

  • Posted: Aug 06, 2018

De Minaur Makes Top 50 Breakthrough, Mover Of The Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 6 August 2018

No. 45 (Career High) Alex de Minaur, +27
The #NextGenATP Australian continued his meteoric rise up the ATP Rankings, breaking into the Top 50 for the first time with a 27-position rise to No. 45. De Minaur won four matches, including three three-set victories, en route to the Citi Open final, where he lost to World No. 3 Alexander Zverev. Having begun the year at No. 208, he soon reached his first ATP World Tour title match in January at the Sydney International (l. to Medvedev). Read More & Watch Washington, D.C. Final Highlights

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No. 44 (Career High) Nicolas Jarry, +9
The 22-year-old Chilean also made his Top 50 breakthrough (at No. 44) after a semi-final run at the Generali Open (l. to Istomin). With a 22-16 record on the season, Jarry has advanced to four tour-level semi-finals (or better), highlighted by a runner-up finish in February at the Brasil Open (l. to Fognini). He began 2018 at No. 113.

No. 77 Martin Klizan, +35
The 29-year-old jumped 35 places to No. 77 in the ATP Rankings after maintaining his perfect record in ATP World Tour finals (6-0) with victory in Kitzbühel (d. Istomin). The Slovakian won seven matches, including three in qualifying and a second-round win over No. 8-ranked Dominic Thiem. Klizan, who ranked a career-high No. 24 on 27 April 2015, dropped to as low as No. 181 on 26 February this year. Read More & Watch Kitzbühel Final Highlights

Other Notable Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 21 (Career High) Marco Cecchinato, +1
No. 27 (Career High) Stefanos Tsitsipas, +5
No. 37 Andrey Rublev, +9
No. 67 (Career High) Cameron Norrie, +7
No. 75 Denis Istomin, +20
No. 76 Denis Kudla, +9
No. 97 Paolo Lorenzi, +13

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Washington Open: Alexander Zverev and Svetlana Kuznetsova win finals

  • Posted: Aug 06, 2018

World number three Alexander Zverev beat teenager Alex De Minaur to defend his Washington Open title on Sunday.

Zverev beat the 19-year-old Australian 6-2 6-4 in the warm-up event for the US Open to claim a third ATP title this year after wins in Munich and Madrid.

“This match could be the final for the next 15 years so I hope you really enjoyed it,” said the German, 21.

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 in the final of the women’s event.

It was an 18th career tour title for the 33-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion, who had slipped to 128th in the world heading to Washington.

Mihaela Buzarnescu won her first WTA title with a 6-1 6-0 victory against Greece’s Maria Sakkariat at the Silicon Valley Classic.

The 30-year-old wrapped up the final in just 73 minutes and has now broken into the world’s top 20.

Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini beat world number four Juan Martin del Potro 6-4 6-2 to win the Los Cabos Open.

Italian Fognini, 31, had beaten British number two Cameron Norrie to reach the final in Mexico.

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Day 1 Preview: Raonic Takes On Goffin

  • Posted: Aug 06, 2018

Day 1 Preview: Raonic Takes On Goffin

Canadian has split four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with the Belgian

Milos Raonic might have hoped for a more favourable first-round assignment than Belgian No. 10 seed David Goffin in his Rogers Cup return. But after battling a slew of injuries throughout 2017 and at times this season, the Canadian No. 2 will take fitness over favourable draws any day.

Back ready to play before his home crowd in Toronto on Monday, the 27-year-old hopes the crowd and familiar surrounds will spark another surge. It was his Canadian fans that willed him on to a maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Montreal five years ago before he fell to Rafael Nadal.

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After a freak eye injury ended his ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament semi-final clash with Grigor Dimitrov in February, Goffin has struggled. After a dismal grass-court season, he managed to reach the quarter-finals last week at the Citi Open, where he fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Raonic has not competed since a quad injury hampered his Wimbledon quarter-final clash with John Isner. 

“I feel good. I’ve had 15 days of practice here in Toronto before the match-up,” Raonic said. “I’ve prepared as best as I can. It’s going to be a challenge.”

The pair has split four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with Goffin having won their most recent clash on clay in Madrid last year, but the Belgian has never passed the third round at the Rogers Cup. “Tough opponent,” Raonic said. “We’ve had quite a few close matches, in important tournaments like Masters even in Slams as well. It’s going to be tough.

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“We play pretty much the opposite game style. I’m going to be there, trying to dictate, trying to keep things quick. He’s going to be there trying to get rhythm, trying to prolong things so it’s about who can get ahead first and play on their terms.”

Also on Monday, Raonic’s countryman, wild card Vasek Pospisil, will seek to avenge a Davis Cup defeat from February when he squares off against Croatian No. 20 in the ATP Rankings, Borna Coric. The Croatian denied Roger Federer a 10th Gerry Weber Open title in Halle on the grass before a surprise straight-sets opening round defeat to Daniil Medvedev at Wimbledon. After a first-round exit at Wimbledon, Pospisil reached the quarter-finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships but lost his opening match of the hard-court swing to Alex de Minaur in Washington.

Medvedev will be confident of inflicting more first-round pain on a seeded opponent when he faces No. 13 seed Jack Sock on Monday. The Russian, who won through qualifying, beat the American in the pair’s only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting on grass at the Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen’s Club in June. Sock is desperate to snap a five-match losing streak dating back to May. 

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#NextGenATP First-Time Winner: Lloyd Harris

  • Posted: Aug 06, 2018

#NextGenATP First-Time Winner: Lloyd Harris

21-year-old South African talks to broadcaster Mike Cation after claiming his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Lexington

It has been quite the year for the #NextGenATP contingent on the ATP Challenger Tour. On Sunday, the stars of tomorrow captured a pair of titles, bringing the 2018 total to 14 different winners.

In Lexington, Kentucky, 21-year-old Lloyd Harris not only celebrated his maiden crown, but joined an exclusive club of South Africans who have lifted Challenger trophies in recent years. Harris became the first to do so since Rik De Voest in 2013 and the youngest from his country since Kevin Anderson in 2007.

The Cape Town native capped an impressive week that saw him not drop a set en route to the title. He defeated Stefano Napolitano 6-4, 6-3 in Sunday’s championship, rising 47 spots to a career-high No. 161 in the ATP Rankings. Harris is now the second-highest ranked South African, behind only Anderson.

Harris spoke to broadcaster Mike Cation following Sunday’s final…

Lloyd, it’s a big moment for you and a big moment for your country as well. You went down an early break in the first set. What changed after those first few games? You rattled off six straight after that.
Yeah, I went down an early break and was a little upset with myself. But I looked at my coach and decided that I need to just get back out there and get back to my game plan. I felt like I really started to play more aggressive from that point on. I went after the shots and tried to move forward a little bit more. 

I got excited, pumped up and motivated more. I was competing for every point and didn’t give any free ones away. Just getting my first serves up and trying to increase that percentage. I really found my game then.

I remember when you lost that break point in the first set, you were well behind the baseline. From then on, you tried to take that baseline away from him. Was that the gameplan?
Yeah, I feel like in the first few games, that’s what he was doing well. He was standing on the baseline and I was drifting further and further back. Especially if you’re break point down, you can’t be doing that and he took the initiative to me. Then, I was thinking that I needed to be doing that, otherwise the match would just drift away from me. That mentality really helped me on my serve as well, to get more into the court and start moving well too.

You said to me on Monday that you had a different mindset this week. You had a difficult 6-1, 6-2 loss to Marcel Granollers in Binghamton, so how did you turn it around in that regard in just a few days?
I wasn’t feeling my best out there, but I really started focusing on working hard. On and off the court, it was fitness and tennis. I kept on working on my game and kept on improving, even playing some doubles matches. And I was more positive on the court and fighting and working hard for every point. Those were a few key areas that helped me turn it around this week.

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It’s rare at this level to have a coach travel with you every week. What did it mean to have your coach here in Lexington?
It was definitely great for me to have him here. First time he traveled with me to the U.S. and I was just really happy. To have someone in my corner and get excited with and help take control of what I wanted to do. It meant a lot for us.

You don’t have the opportunity to benefit from wild cards in South Africa, to get your ATP Ranking up. But here you are, up to No. 161. Do you feel like you have to work a little bit harder in that sense?
I feel like it’s a longer process, because I’m not able to get into ATP World Tour or Challenger events right from the start. I need to go through the whole process and build my way up, through the Futures and now the Challengers. It’s been a long road already. I feel like I’m progressing and starting to find my game. Hoping to take it to the next level now.

Obviously what Kevin Anderson has done at the higher level means a lot to your country. What do you think this moment means for South African tennis?
What he has done is remarkable, getting to No. 5 in the world. Reaching two Grand Slam finals is something special. Our country needs even more players coming up. It’s not a great tennis country if it doesn’t have multiple guys doing well on the tour. I think it’s very good for the country to have another player coming through the ranks. Hopefully we can motivate others to do better as well.

It’s a very interesting transition, winning your first title and moving on to the next tournament. On top of that, you’re going cross country to Aptos, California. Conditions are much cooler there. How do you turn around for your match on Tuesday?
I mean, it’s very difficult as you say. But now it’s about recovering and getting my body right. That’s the most important thing. Tomorrow is going to have to be a travel day. I’ll have an early morning. I’m going to prepare my best. Tuesday might be my first time on the courts and I’ll have to adapt to the situation and use my confidence to fight through it.

How do you celebrate?
How do I celebrate? [laughs]. I haven’t thought about that. It’s still a bit early for that. I’ll definitely go celebrate a little tonight, but I need to stay focused for my next match in two days. A quick celebration and then it’s back to work.

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Dimitrov: “Talent Doesn’t Win Matches”

  • Posted: Aug 06, 2018

Dimitrov: “Talent Doesn’t Win Matches”

Bulgarian No. 5 seed keeps focus on the big picture in return to Toronto

Big things were expected of Grigor Dimitrov this season after he broke through to claim the Nitto ATP Finals in 2017. Expectations were nothing new for the gifted Bulgarian.

He has been grappling with them all his tennis life. But after arriving Down Under at a career-high No. 3 in the ATP Rankings in January, 2018 hasn’t quite lived up to Dimitrov’s own expectations.

It was during a four-year stint working with Patrick Mouratoglou that Dimitrov was warned talent was dangerous as it made an athlete think they could succeed without working.

“I just think talent helps you win matches sometimes, but it’s very different,” the No. 5 seed said ahead of his Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto on Sunday. “Sometimes when you have too many things in your bag it’s always hard. 

“I never look at myself through that side to be honest. Yes, maybe I’m talented but talent doesn’t necessarily win matches. It helps you, but it doesn’t win matches. 

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“If it does you might win two, three, four matches but that’s it. If you want to be a Grand Slam champion, if you want to be No. 1, there are so many other things you need to be doing in order to get to that point. Of course it adds up to the occasion but (talent) is not the ultimate goal.”

On top of his biggest career title at the O2 Arena in November, Dimitrov had also landed his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last August. With big points to defend in the second half of the season it makes this US hard-court stretch crucial for the 28-year-old.

“It depends on what you’re focusing on,” Dimitrov said. “I’ve never been the type of player that likes to focus on prize money, points, things like that.

“I like to always see the positives. I know it was tough losing that first round (to Stan Wawrinka) at Wimbledon but at the same time I need to take the positives out of that negative situation. I know one of the hardest things in tennis is to stay positive after a loss. 

“Every match is very important for me right now. I’m not trying to get back to No. 2, 3, 4, whatever it is. I’m really focused on the big picture and the things I want to get better at. 

“Sometimes one, two, three matches it can really turn it around for you again. If you stay compact, stay smart and do the right things you just never known when the tables might turn for you.” 

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