KEY POINTS

  • Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lead the Under-Pressure statistic
  • The two are also in the top ten categories of Serve and Return
  • Nadal and Djokovic aim to improve their ratings in the ATP Finals

The brilliance of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the tennis court now has a written statistic to back it up.

According to Infosys, both men have outmatched Roger Federer in high-pressure situations based on its latest ATP Beyond The Numbers study.

In matches, serving and receiving are fundamental aspects of the sport. Despite being among the basic elements of the game, they are often the most nerve-wracking moments in a competition.

These are amplified especially when players are in crucial circumstances such as a breakpoint, tiebreak, or a set deciding point.

With data gathered over the past 52 weeks, three subcategories of Serve, Return, and Under Pressure statistics were used to quantify the top-performing athletes of the sport–indicating who are the most clutch players on tour. 

It’s no surprise that Nadal and Djokovic find themselves in the Top 10 rankings of all three aforementioned areas, ATP Tour reported.

Nadal tops the list in returns with a rating of 178. He is followed by Djokovic who averaged 168.2.

As good as these two are in receiving the ball, they’re just as dominating when dishing out massive serves. Both men lead the Serve bracket with Nadal occupying the No.7 spot with 289.3 points and Djokovic trailing at 284.9.

This is the only section where Federer edged his rivals as he placed fifth with 295.9.

But beyond that, Nadal and Djokovic prevail above everyone else in the Under Pressure class. The Spanish ace normed with 264.3 points with Djokovic crawling behind with a mere 0.2-point difference at 264.1.

The spotlight is now on Nadal after claiming his 20th Grand Slam title, tying Federer as the all-time leader in men’s singles tennis.

On the other hand, Djokovic is not too far behind as ATP recognizes him as the No.1-ranked player in the world.

Both men are expected to thrive under a high level of pressure once again in the upcoming ATP Finals set from Nov. 15 to 22 at the O2 Arena in London.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have faced each other 21 times on clay. Pictured: Men's Singles - Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic shake hands after their quarter final match at Roland Garros, Paris, June 3, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff