Sorry to be so lazy, but the real tennis media has been doing a good job lately! Click here for an interesting spreadsheet detailing top player retirement figures and here for an analysis of the data.
1. Roger Federer and James Blake have never retired from an ATP main draw match. No surprise, right?
2. Novak Djokovic has the highest percentage of matches lost through retirement at nearly 10%. He also has the highest percentage of matches retired while trailing in the score (3 out of 5 total retirements). The figures aren’t quite as damning as they sound – they’re skewed because he’s both a young player (fewer matches to lose) and a good one (lost fewer matches, total.) But if you’ve suspected that he retires more often than the other top players, the numbers back you up.
3. Davydenko has the highest total number of retirements – a whopping 14 matches. That’s twice as many as the next highest – Roddick and Gasquet tie for second place with 7 each.
4. David Ferrer has tapped out of 3 matches (2% of his losses) but has never retired while trailing in a match. What a sweetheart.