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Novak Djokovic won a higher rate of matches than any other player in the past decade.

The Best Stats Of The Decade

ATPTour.com looks back at notable stats of the 2010s

On 4 January 2010, when the first ATP Rankings of this decade were published, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic topped the list. As this decade comes to a close, Nadal is No. 1, Djokovic is No. 2 and Federer is No. 3. Ten years have come and gone, and the Big Three are still on top. 

The trio has combined to win 183 tour-level titles over the past decade, including 33 Grand Slam championships. So it's no surprise that they have earned the highest winning percentage of the 2010s.

 Player  Record  Winning Percentage
 Novak Djokovic  630-100  86.3%
 Rafael Nadal  576-106  84.5%
 Roger Federer  559-109  83.7%

The surface leaders of the decade won’t shock, either.

Nadal won more tour-level matches on clay than anyone else with 255 victories, lifting 33 trophies on the dirt over the past 10 years. Djokovic ruled the hard courts, tallying 416 triumphs on the surface and Federer paced the ATP Tour with 99 tour-level wins on grass.

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Most Tie-Break Wins
John Isner won more tie-breaks in the past decade than anyone, and it wasn't particularly close. The American won 376 tie-breaks, with his closest rival, Ivo Karlovic, emerging victorious 228 times.

 Player  Matches In The 2010s Tie-Break Wins  Tie-Break Wins Per Match Played
 John Isner  599  376  0.63
 Ivo Karlovic  394  228  0.58
 Milos Raonic  501  215  0.43
 Roger Federer  668  195  0.29
 Kevin Anderson  523  182  0.35

Isner hit the most aces this decade with 10,619, which is more than all but three other players in history have struck in their careers (Karlovic, Federer, Ivanisevic). Karlovic was second on the list with 7,804.

Isner

Service Games Won
Karlovic began the 2010s at 30 years old, and as we near 2020, the Croat is still going strong at 40. The World No. 95 led the ATP Tour in rate of service games won at 92.5 per cent over the past 10 years, with Isner right behind at 92.2 per cent.

 Player  Service Games Won
 Ivo Karlovic  92.5%
 John Isner  92.2%
 Milos Raonic  91%

Return Games Won
Nadal and Djokovic dominated on return over the past decade, winning a higher rate of return games than anyone else on the ATP Tour. They also proved clutch with their break point chances. The Spaniard converted 45.2 per cent of his opportunities, while the Serbian took advantage of 44.7 per cent of his break points.

 Player  Return Games Won
 Rafael Nadal  34%
 Novak Djokovic  33.6%

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/rafael-nadal/n409/overview'>Rafael Nadal</a> broke serve on two occasions to beat <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/stefanos-tsitsipas/te51/overview'>Stefanos Tsitsipas</a> in three sets at the <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/tournaments/nitto-atp-finals/605/overview'>Nitto ATP Finals</a> on Friday.

Most Match Points Saved
In the past decade, the most match points a player has saved before going on to win the match is 10. Luxembourg's Gilles Muller did so at the 2016 Fever-Tree Championships, defeating John Isner 3-6, 7-6(16), 7-6(7).

 Player  Tournament  Match Points Saved  Match Result
 Gerald Melzer  2016 Kitzbuhel  12  L
 Konstantin Kravchuk  2016 Gstaad  11  L
 Nikoloz Basilashvili  2017 London/Queen's Club  11  L
 Mirza Basic  2017 Moscow  10  L
 Gilles Muller  2016 London/Queen's Club  10  W

Weeks At World No. 1
Two players reached No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for the first time this decade — Djokovic and Andy Murray. Djokovic would finish atop the year-end standings five times, the most of any player during the 2010s.

The Serbian held top spot over the past 10 years for 28 weeks longer than the rest of the Big Four combined.

 Novak Djokovic  275
 Rafael Nadal  158
Roger Federer  48
 Andy Murray  41

Did You Know?
Only one player finished inside the Top 10 of the year-end ATP Rankings every year from 2010-19: Rafael Nadal.