Rafael Nadal leads Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in surprise statistic chart | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal leads Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in surprise statistic chart | Tennis | Sport


That is according to FedEx ATP Performance Zone, who rank the Spaniard above rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in how many matches he has come from behind to win.

The supposed ‘Big Four’, which also includes Andy Murray, top the charts as the most likely players to win a match after going a set down.

Each of those stars has also won over 100 Tour matches having come from behind.

It is widely thought that the top players, who rarely surrender an early set, find it difficult to respond when they find themselves in the unknown.

However, Nadal has actually won 42.5 per cent of the matches he has fallen behind in.

Djokovic is close behind in second place with 42.2 per cent and Federer (41.1 per cent) just edges Murray (41.1 per cent).

FedEx ATP Performance Zone add that there is only one player in history to have won more than they lost after dropping the first set.

That legendary player is Rod Laver, who holds a stunning 50.4 per cent win ratio after making a bad start.

Nadal will be hoping to remain at the top of the rankings when he tries to defend his Monte Carlo crown this week.

But the Spaniard is gutted that he will not be able to face Federer on clay.

“He said a couple of days ago that he would love to play against me again on clay over the best of five sets, so I thought he would play Roland Garros,” Nadal said.

“Then a few days later he says he will not play, so there’s a little bit of controversy with that.

“I don’t care. He takes his decisions.”



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