FedEx Performance Zone: Best Top 10 Records

  • Posted: Feb 22, 2016

FedEx Performance Zone: Best Top 10 Records 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 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Over the past 52 weeks, Novak Djokovic has been pre-eminent compiling a 33-5 record (.868) to lead the FedEx ATP Win-Loss Index.

Roger Federer (2015 Dubai, Cincinnati, Barclays ATP World Tour Finals), Stan Wawrinka (Roland Garros) and Andy Murray (Montreal) have registered wins against the Serbian, who is competing at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He has won titles at 13 of his past 17 finals and stands one title match from equalling Ivan Lendl‘s record of 18 straight in 1981-82.

“I think the biggest part of your mental strength is not just training, but what you do off the court, the way you lead your life, in a positive environment,” said 28-year-old Djokovic in Dubai. “I try to surround myself with positivity and encouragement in order to get that comfort and inner piece, when I need it in a match. The first player that breaks down, will likely lose. I was that player for some time, but I managed to learn and improved. When you reach it, you don’t have it forever. I do observe daily techniques in order to improve and maintain my mental strength.”

Djokovic is second only to Bjorn Borg in career performances against Top 10 opponents (since 1973). Borg went 63-27 (.700), while Djokovic is 163-80 (.671) and Federer is third placed at 198-104 (.656).

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Success on the ATP World Tour is attributed to playing consistently well on multiple surfaces as a result of physical fitness and mental prowess.

“He’s dominating tennis for sure, playing a different level,” said Stan Wawrinka in Dubai. “He’s No. 1 by far and has started the year the way he ended it last year. The year is long and I’m sure there will be some opportunities to beat him. He can play on every surface, so he will be tough to beat.”

Richard Gasquet 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.”

Federer has compiled a 15-7 (.682) record against Top 10 opponents over the past 52 weeks, while Murray is third place with a 12-10 (.545) mark.

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