Year X, Artícle[1], No. 113

February 14, 2020

by Rubén A. Báez[2]

Full statistical report in pdf click here


General Performance Index©
(GPI: General Performance Index): "It is an index that measures the performance that a tennis player has had in a given period of time." This index, not shown here, is used to make the "General Performance Ranking© or GPI Ranking© ".

The following tournaments, which correspond to the month of February, have been included for the determination of the Top 30 of the General Performance Ranking©:

•    Cordoba Open – ATP 250 (Clay)
•    Tata Open Maharashtra – ATP 250 (Hard)
•    Open Sud de France – ATP 250 (Hard)
•    ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament – ATP 500 (Hard)
•    New York Open – ATP 250 (Hard)
•    Argentina Open – ATP 250 (Clay)
•    Rio Open – ATP 500 (Clay)
•    Open 13 Provence – ATP 250 (Hard)
•    Delray Beach Open – ATP 250 (Hard)
•    Dubai Duty Free Tennis Champion-ships – ATP 500 (Hard)
•    Abierto Mexicano Telcel – ATP 500 (Hard)
•    Chile Dove Men+Care Open – ATP 250 (Clay)

The ATP Ranking of the players, which has been considered for this report, is on March 2nd, 2020.

The 170 players who have participated in those 12 tournaments and who compound the statistic sample that has been considered for the statistical calculations, we reiterate, only the 30 with the best performance are exposed in this report.

We highlight the February podium formed by Gael Monfils (FRA), Feliz Auger-Aliassime (CAN) and Cristian Garin (CHI), in positions 1, 2 and 3 of the GPI Ranking©, respectively.

Other prominent players in the TOP 10 of the GPI Ranking© are: Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), Soonwoo Kwon (KOR), Casper Ruud (NOR), Filip Krajinovic (SRB), Vasek Pospisil (CAN), Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG), and Kyle Edmund (GBR).

From the reading of table 1, which is the summary of the General Performance Ranking© of the period under analysis (February), we can see that the performance of the Top 10 and the Top 20 players has declined compared to table 1 of January. In the table 1 of February there are only 2 Top 10 of the ATP Ranking, Gael Monfils (9) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) and, with respect to the Top 20 they add 6 computing the previous two. On the other hand, in the table 1 of January there were 7 Top 10 and 17 Top 20 of the ATP Ranking computing the previous seven. This is showing us that the circuit is very demanding and, therefore, the performance forfeit of the body and its recovery must be carefully planned by the players´ teams. For example, Novak Djokovic (1) obtained the GPI Ranking© No. 1 in January, but in February he only reached 33rd place in the GPI Ranking©. Rafael Nadal (2) reached 3rd place in the General Performance Ranking© in January, while in February he only reached 35th place in the General Performance Ranking©. Roger Federer (4) only participated in the Australia Open and reached to the semifinals, falling defeated by Novak Djokovic and in February he did not play any tournament falling from the 3rd place in the ATP Ranking to the 4th place in that ranking. However, despite his unremarkable performance, he is still in the 4th place in the ATP Ranking.

Honestly, if someone asked me if Roger Federer is the No. 4 player in the world, I would answer that “no”, by ATP Ranking “yes” he is, but that does not mean that he is the fourth player in the world, even though many of us wish it. On the other hand, by way of advance, before fans are papered with statistical studies from other analysts, according to my studies, the best player of the last decade is Novak Djokovic from the statistical point of view.

Of course, the press gives that position to Roger Federer who “yes” has a greater cha-risma and greater acceptance in the public, is the most beloved along with Nadal. Roger´s tennis is the most elegant and technically perfect and his achievements are prodigious, but statistically speaking, he is surpassed by Novak Djokovic and is also surpassed by Rafael Nadal in the last decade (2010-2020). It would be necessary to compute the golden era of Federer from 2004 to 2010 to see if Djokovic overcomes him. I don´t own that database, but whoever that owns it, I invite him/her to conduct an objective research, without fanaticism and present the verdict. In the last decade, the podium positions remain like this: Novak Djokovic (1st), Rafael Nadal (2nd) and Roger Federer (3rd) of the General Performance Ranking©or GPI Ranking©. As an analyst and statistician, I should not express my personal preferences about who I would like to could be the best tennis player of all time, but I have the impression that if the criteria are the amount of Grand Slams, Federer could be the third certainly, being surpassed by Djokovic and Nadal. In any case, the criteria to determine the best tennis player of all time should not only be the number of Grand Slams won, there are other criteria to consider, including charisma, public acceptance, global statistics of performance, historical records, number of titles, etc. I leave this analysis in suspense for now at this point, but I am sure of one thing:

“Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are the most wonderful thing that has ever existed in the world of tennis. In 1,000 years, the fans will still talk about their sporting feats, as we now talk about the military feats of Ulysses, Achilles or Julius Caesar. Ave Big 3.”

It must be remembered that the statistical calculation of the indexes to make the GPI Ranking© takes into account, in a priority way, the “number of matches played in the period under analysis”, that is, the player who has played the most matches is because, in general, he has performed more satisfactorily. This explanation is for new readers who read these reports.

This aspect, I have already commented it on previous deliveries.

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[1] Report elaboration based on data from official Websites:

[2] National Tennis Coach (Argentine Tennis Association), Bachelor of Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant, Post grades of Finance Management and Capital Markets, Master of Business Administration (IAE Business School, Austral University, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

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