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Under Pressure: Djokovic & Nadal Are Clutch

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Is your prowess in a match serving or returning, or are you just tough as nails under pressure? Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have elevated their game to a level of their own, being peak performers in all three facets of our sport.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the current Top 10 identifies Djokovic and Nadal as the only two players who are rated in the Top 10 on the Infosys Serve, Return and Under Pressure LEADERBOARDS over the past 52 weeks.

The dynamic duo are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world and will both appear in the upcoming Nitto ATP Finals in London from 15-22 November. Djokovic has won the prestigious tournament five times, but not since 2015. Nadal finished as runner-up at The O2 in 2010 and 2013.

Infosys Return LEADERBOARD
Nadal sits in pole position on the Return LEADERBOARD with a commanding 178.0 rating. Djokovic is in second place with 168.2 rating. The current Top 10 players who also feature in the Top 10 in this statistical category are listed below.

ATP Top 10 – Return LEADERBOARD standings
No. 1 – Rafael Nadal (178.0)
No. 2 – Novak Djokovic (168.2)
No. 3 – Diego Schwartzman (167.4)
No. 6 – Daniil Medvedev (156.0)
No 9 – Andrey Rublev (152.4)

The Return Rating is determined by adding together the win percentages for First Serve Return Points Won, Second Serve Return Points Won, Return Games Won and Break Points Converted.

Infosys Serve LEADERBOARD
Roger Federer is the leading player from the current Top 10 on the Serve LEADERBOARD, with Nadal sitting in seventh position and Djokovic in 10th. Federer is looking to make a return to the Tour in January after recovering from knee surgery.

ATP Top 10 – Serve LEADERBOARD standings
No. 5: Roger Federer (295.9)
No. 6: Matteo Berrettini (289.5)
No. 7 – Rafael Nadal (289.3)
No. 9: Stefanos Tsitsipas (284.9)
No. 10: Novak Djokovic (284.9)

The Serve Rating is determined by adding First Serve Percentage, First Serve Points Won, Second Serve Points Won, Service Games Won plus the average number of aces per match, while subtracting the average number of double faults per match.

Under Pressure LEADERBOARD
It should come as no surprise the top-ranked players on the ATP Tour also fill the top two spots on the Under Pressure LEADERBOARD as well. Nadal is in first place with a 264.3 rating, with Djokovic hot on his heels with a 264.1 rating.

It’s interesting to note that there are six Top 10 players in the Top 10 on the Under Pressure LEADERBOARD, clearly showing that peak performance with Break Points Saved & Converted as well as Tie Breaks Won and Deciding Sets Won are key ingredients to reaching the elite level of our sport.

ATP Top 10 – Under Pressure LEADERBOARD standings
No.1 Rafael Nadal (264.3)
No. 2 Novak Djokovic (264.1)
No. 3 Roger Federer (248.7)
No. 4 Dominic Thiem (238.6)
No. 6 Diego Schwartzman (231.7)
No. 8 Andrey Rublev (228.9)
Djokovic and Nadal dominate the top two ranking spots for a reason. These LEADERBOARDS help paint a story of dominance, no matter what match situation they find themselves in.

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‘Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic’, says former No. 2

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How can you identify the greatest tennis player in the world? What are the parameters to take into consideration? All questions to which there is no real answer. The debate on the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) will probably never end and indeed with the recent victory at Roland Garros of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal will become even richer.

The Majorcan has now joined Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles while Novak Djokovic chases at 17. Recently, the strong Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic also spoke on the matter and he too declared that the debate on the GOAT will never end.

In conclusion it can be said that there are several additional factors to consider in the debate, beyond the Grand Slam count. Novak Djokovic was ‘literally thrashed’ by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, says Alex Corretja.

Corretja on the French Open final

“Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic,” Alex Corretja told sport.es. “And it should be remembered that the Serbian is the current number one in the world and that he has 17 Grand Slams to his credit.

“He defeated him at the most important moment and under the most adverse conditions”. Corretja also stressed just how big Nadal is in Spain, claiming no other Spanish athlete can match his popularity. “Without a doubt, he is the Spanish athlete with the largest number of followers in our country and the audiences support him.

The final had more than three and a half million viewers hooked on television to see Rafa’s new feat”. Rafael Nadal is respected and thought about a lot around the world. And for budding tennis players in Spain, Rafa is their inspiration.

Rafa’s academy in Mallorca, Spain is bringing up top talent into the tennis court. In his career or life, Rafa follows simple formulas to be who he is. The Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience is Rafa Nadal’s first and only trophy exhibition in which, in addition to collecting his 20 Grand Slam titles, highlights of his sporting career are collected from when he started playing tennis until today.

The tour is done through his trophies, but also through the shirts and shoes that Rafa won each of the Grand Slam finals in and played with throughout his career. In addition to knowing firsthand the results of one of the best tennis players in history, in the exhibition area visitors will be able to see the objects donated by some of the main figures in the history of world sport such as Michael Jordan, Fernando Alonso, Pau Gasol, Roger Federer, Mireia Belmonte, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others.

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Rafael Nadal: “Better that a sportsman does not deal with politics”

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The controversy arising from the words of the Swedish AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about LeBron James has caused a sensation in recent days. The experienced AC Milan player praised the qualities of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, but at the same time he stressed that as a basketball champion he only had to take care of that and not argue for political issues and that in any case they did not concern him.

LeBron James responded harshly in the conference, but during an interview with Veja the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, although in different contexts and not dealing with this, wanted to talk about this issue. Here are his words: “Why don’t I want to talk about politics? I am aware of the political situation and I talk about it a lot with my friends and with my team members, I am informed and have my own opinion like any other citizen.

However, I know that if I start talking about politics, everything I say will be taken from a certain context and would make me uncomfortable. For this reason I avoid talking about it, even if I think I have every right in the world to express my opinion.”

Rafael Nadal on his career and on Djokovic
The Spanish champion also stated: “COVID-19 struck me a lot, especially during the quarantine. I couldn’t and didn’t want to train, I didn’t want to do anything.
When we managed to get some situations I resumed training albeit with less intensity, always trying to avoid injuries.

It was a slow process that took place step by step. I changed my routine and the virus undoubtedly hit me. Training without knowing what the next tournament was going to be was tough, we didn’t have any goals. However, playing without an audience was really sad, but I think I adapted to the new situation at Roland Garros.”

On the behavior of Novak Djokovic during the pandemic Rafa declared: “I prefer to talk about how I have lived the last few months instead of judging what others are doing. It was very difficult to observe what was happening and especially about what was happening around me.

We live in a very strict quarantine with thousands of deaths, I remember that between April and June there were over 50 thousand deaths in Spain. I didn’t have the strength to do anything given the situation and I think that given the problems of so many countries it is impossible to relax.”

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Serena Williams looking hot and smart with her daughter Olympia for Stuart Weitzman. VIDEO

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Serena Williams loves spending time and posing with her lovely daughter Olympia. The world no.7 is partnering with Stuart Weitzman, helping to promote the Spring 2021 collection. Serena appeared in a photoshoot and really nice and cute video with Olympia or… the “mini-Serena.”

Serena and her daughter Olympia are inseparable. As per Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, they have never spent even 1 day apart and the former world no.1 travels around the world to play her tournaments only if Olympia can travel with her.

 

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