Federer Is Tennis’ ‘Toughest Out’ | ATP Tour

The ‘toughest out’ in tennis in the last 30 years is Roger Federer.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of players who win the absolute most points in a losing effort unearthed that Federer averaged winning nearly 48 percent of points in 260 matches where he finished second most useful. The data set is comprised of 491 players who’ve lost at the very least 50 matches at the ATP Tour and Grand Slam level since 1991, when official ATP Tour statistics were first recorded.

Federer has lost 25,925 points in the 260 matches where he has suffered defeats. The Swiss has consistently performed better than any player on Tour in losing by the tightest of margins. The leading 10 players in this category since 1991 are:

Highest Percentage Points Won In Matches Lost (Minimum 50 Matches Lost)

Federer played his opponents even closer in a losing effort when competing indoors versus outdoors.

  • Indoors = 47.89%
  • Outdoors = 47.51%

At this time around of year, Federer is normally adding to his Wimbledon legacy where he’s won accurate documentation eight titles. He is 101-13 at Wimbledon for the duration of his career. In his 13 losses at the All England Club, he’s still won a head-turning 49.6 per cent of points, which can be second simply to Krajicek (49.71 per cent) out of a data group of players who’ve lost eight or more times at The Championships.

Federer’s most useful results in a losing effort attended on grass, while his greatest separation from the match winner has occurred on clay.

Federer: Percentage Points Lost By Surface

SurfacePoints Won %Losses
Grass48.89%27
Hard47.63%150
Carpet47.29%17
Clay46.89%66

When analyzing his performance against opponents he has lost to at the very least five times in his career, Federer has played Dominic Thiem the closest and struggled the most against Andy Murray in a losing effort. It’s interesting to note that Federer has played Djokovic slightly closer (47.4 per cent) than Nadal (46.9 per cent) when losing to either player.

Federer: Points Won Losing The Match (Minimum 5 Losses Per Opponent)

RankPlayerPoints Won %Losses
1Dominic Thiem48.5%5
2Juan Martin del Potro48.4%7
3Jo-Wilfried Tsonga48.3%6
4Tomas Berdych48.1%5
5Lleyton Hewitt47.7%7
6Tim Henman47.6%6
7David Nalbandian47.6%8
8Novak Djokovic47.4%27
9Rafael Nadal46.9%24
10Andy Murray45.9%11

As a comparison, when Federer wins his matches, his average of points won shoots up to nearly 56 percent. The player with the best percentage of points won when winning matches is Nadal, at 56.4 per cent.

  • Federer: Average Points Won Losing The Match = 47.6%
  • Federer: Average Points Won Winning The Match = 55.9%

Part of the overall game plan when attempting to defeat Federer must be the mind-set that the match is most probably going to decrease to the wire.

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