Rafael Nadal Yet Again Proves to Be ‘The Best Warrior of ATP’

Published 11/03/2020, 2:20 AM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Credits- REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A study by the ATP has put Rafael Nadal ahead of Roger Federer in terms of points won from rallies extending to nine shots and beyond. The study pulled out a Top-10 list of players in the ATP circuit at the end of the 2019 season who had won just 52.5 percent of the total points off 9+ shot rallies. 

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The Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis was based on data mined from ATP Masters 1000 events on Hawk-Eye courts in 2019.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Rafael Nadal won 58% of 9+ shot rallies to Federer’s 54.5%: ATP study

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The study said Rafael Nadal won 58 percent of rallies extending to 9+shots, while Federer ranked second with a percentage of 54.5.

Three other players who fell short of the 55 percent threshold were Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (54.4%), Frenchman Gael Monfils (54.1%), and Italian Matteo Berrettini (54.0%).

The fight for points in modern-day tennis often extends to long and fiercely fought rallies. 

Rallies squeeze every ounce of strength from the players on both sides as they trade shots and go toe-to-toe for that winning blow. What they also represent in good measure is that the players are jousting on a similar level of skill before one finally tips the other on the scoreboard. 

In the context of the ATP study, what’s also important to note is that Nadal and Federer, who are currently tied at 20 Grand Slam apiece, are also involved in some of the longest rallies in the game. At 4 hours and 48 minutes, they also fought the longest final recorded in Wimbledon history in 2008.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his Mens Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas fell below Top-10 average

Russian Daniil Medvedev, who won two ATP Masters 1000 titles at Cincinnati and Shanghai last year, could win only 52.7 percent of points in the 9+rally range. 

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Reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem, German Alexander Zverev, and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas fell below the Top-10 average at 51.5 percent, 49.7 percent, and 45.6 percent respectively.

 

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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