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By Chris Oddo

Fed at Wimbledon, with Trophy (June 12, 2013) -- With the abbreviated grass-court season doing its annual zero to sixty in record time, ATP events are underway in Halle and London, with main draw play at Wimbledon just eleven days away.

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That means it's high time that Statisfaction takes a peak at some grass-court statistics. The faster playing grass will let the big servers gain back the advantage they had been missing on the red clay in europe, but today's higher-bouncing, slightly slower-playing grass surfaces can favor players that like to cling to the baseline, too.

Roger Federer, a classic grass-court player that can serve to all corners, knock off volleys and move like Baryshnikov in his dimple-soled shoes, leads all active grass-courters in wins and winning percentage, but his more baseline-centric rivals--Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray--occupy the spaces just behind Federer in terms of winning percentage.

Here's a look at the top ten in terms of grass-court wins, winning percentage and tiebreaker records on grass:


Name/ ATP Ranking

Grass Record

Grass Win Pct

Rank Overall/ Active Players

Overall TB

Record/ Grass

1. Djokovic

47-14

77%

T4

21-10

2. Federer

118-17

87%

1

54-26

3. Murray

61-14

81%

T2

19-15

4. Ferrer

34-14

71%

7

13-11

5. Nadal

50-12

81%

T2

28-11

6. Berdych

39-17

70%

T8

23-18

7. Tsonga

30-11

73%

6

21-14

8. Del Potro

23-10

70%

T8

8-9

9. Gasquet

39-17

70%

T8

14-16

10. Wawrinka

10-16

38%

???

6-10



For Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, the key is movement. While Murray might have the most classic grass-court game (booming serve and deft touch at the net plus a pretty ornery backhand slice), Djokovic and Nadal can still play a brand of effective baseline tennis on the grass because they have learned to move so well on the surface.

Nadal also has the added advantage of his otherworldy topspin. While it isn't as devastating as it is on the clay, the new surface at Wimbledon (100 percent perennial ryegrass, for all you grass nerds who want to know) leaves the court drier, and therefore is a higher-bouncing surface than it was before the change of seed in 2001. This is good for Nadal, and also an equalizer of sorts across the men's field.

But the top ten players (minus Stan Wawrinka, who has absolutely horrid results to date on the grass) aren’t the only ones who can rack up wins on the grass. The surface, with its intracacies and slipperiness, rewards those who’ve had ample experience playing on it.

Tops among those players is Lleyton Hewitt. The Aussie’s 113 grass wins put him second all-time among active players, and his 77 percent winning percentage tie him with Novak Djokovic for fourth among active players, behind only Federer, Nadal and Murray.

Here are five players outside the top ten who have become good grass-court players


Name

Grass Record

Grass W Pct

Tie Break, Grass

Overall Rank,

Active Players

Hewitt

113-33

77%

38-31

T4

Haas

48-24

69%

25-22

12

Kohlschreiber

38-19

67

26-13

13

Cilic

26-14

65

12-13

16

Isner

16-9

64

19-7

17


Note: David Nalbandian is 10th all-time in terms of clay-court winning percentage with a 31-14 career record, but the Argentine will is recovering from surgeries on his hip and shoulder done in Madrid on May 4.

(Photo Credit: AFP)

 

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