09.12.2019 - 23:46 Uhr
Imagine hitting your first serve out wide in the Deuce court and winning a perfect 22 of 22 points. Impressive.Now take it up a level and do it in the pressure-cooker situation of 15/40 on the big stage at ATP Masters 1000 events. That’s something special, and that’s exactly what Stan Wawrinka achieved this season.An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the year-end Top 20 of the ATP Rankings identified that Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Fabio Fognini and Daniil Medvedev were all able to save 100 per cent of their break points at 15/40 to a specific first serve target in the Deuce court service box. The data set is comprised of Masters 1000 events in 2019 and the Nitto ATP Finals.The leading five players out of the year-end Top 20 to save break point at 15/40:Grigor Dimitrov = 96% (24/25)Stan Wawrinka = 88% (44/50)Fabio Fognini = 84.6% (33/39)Denis Shapovalov = 83.3% (45/54)Stefanos Tsitsipas = 80.5% (66/82)Winning 100 Per Cent To A Specific LocationWawrinka’s effort to win 22/22 out wide in the Deuce court was jaw-dropping, but he wasn’t the only one to be perfect at a particular serve spot. Below is the breakdown of the four players saving break point from 15/40 to the three first serve locations of wide, body and T.First Serves Wide at 15/40Stan Wawrinka = 100% (22/22)Grigor Dimitrov = 93.3% (14/15)Denis Shapovalov = 88.2% (15/17)First Serves Body at 15/40 (minimum of four attempts)Daniil Medvedev = 100% (5/5)Matteo Berrettini = 83.3% (5/6)Fabio Fognini = 75% (3/4)First Serves T at 15/40T1. Fabio Fognini = 100% (16/16)T1. Grigor Dimitrov = 100% (10/10)3. Dominic Thiem = 88.0% (22/25)Overall, the year-end Top 20 served almost the same amount out wide as down the T (421-419), but the T delivered the highest win percentage.First Serve Breakdown at 15/40 - Total and Win Percentage First Serve Direction Total Serves Win Percentage Wide 47.7% (421) 74.6% Body 4.8% (42) 64.3% T 47.5% (419) 79.2% Sometimes it’s about hitting your favourite first-serve location when the pressure meter goes through the roof. Other times it’s about hitting it where you opponent doesn’t expect it.



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20.01.2020 - 11:40 Uhr

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer got the Australian Open off to a flying start on Monday. But now World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will take centre stage in Melbourne on Tuesday.Nadal, the 2009 champion, will face Bolivian Hugo Dellien for the first time in the opening round. The Spaniard begins his chase to tie Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles. The 19-time major winner is pursuing his second Australian Open trophy.Top-seeded Nadal is trying to become the first man in the Open Era to win all four major titles at least twice. Only Rod Laver and Roy Emerson have accomplished the feat. Nadal could also win the US Open and the Australian Open back-to-back for the first time, becoming the sixth man in the Open Era to do so.Most Grand Slam Men's Singles Titles (all-time) 1. Roger Federer 20 2. Rafael Nadal 19 3. Novak Djokovic 16 4. Pete Sampras 14 5. Roy Emerson 12 But the legendary lefty will be focussed on the task at hand against Dellien, a 26-year-old who won a career-high 12 tour-level matches in 2019. The five-time ATP Challenger Tour titlist will be making his main draw debut in Melbourne against Nadal, who has lost in the first round of a major just twice.“I am practising I think more or less okay. Just two more days of practice [remain for me],” Nadal said at his press conference on Saturday. “Let's try to keep going with the right intensity and with the right feelings. Hopefully I will be ready for Tuesday.”Nadal has advanced to at least the quarter-finals in 11 of his past 12 Australian Open appearances dating back to 2007, and he carries plenty of momentum after leading Team Spain to the final of the inaugural ATP Cup. The last time he lost to someone ranked as low as World No. 73 Dellien was when then-World No. 143 Denis Shapovalov beat him at the 2017 Coupe Rogers in a final-set tie-break.Also beginning his tournament on Tuesday is No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev, the two-time ATP Masters 1000 champion who made his first Grand Slam final at last year’s US Open. The Russian No. 1 takes a 1-0 ATP Head2Head series lead into his opener against 2019 Australian Open quarter-finalist Frances Tiafoe, a fellow Next Gen ATP Finals alumnus.“I think it's a nice headline, I would say, two young guys,” Medvedev said. “It's a great matchup. He was in the quarters here last year, again [he will be] super motivated. But I think it's going to be a great match. Of course, I want to do my best to win it. Hopefully I can show some good tennis. [Playing] like this, I'm going to have my chances.”Active Grand Slam Finalists Without A Major Singles Title Kevin Anderson 2017 US Open, 2018 Wimbledon Daniil Medvedev 2019 US Open Kei Nishikori 2014 US Open Milos Raonic 2016 Wimbledon Dominic Thiem 2018-19 Roland Garros Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2008 Australian Open Medvedev is in good form, having pushed World No. 2 Djokovic in a three-set battle in the semi-finals of the ATP Cup. He earned three Top 20 wins at the inaugural 24-country event, defeating Fabio Fognini, John Isner and Diego Schwartzman.One player who wasn’t as successful at the ATP Cup is No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem, who went 1-2 in Sydney. He will try to find his rhythm against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The Austrian star will take confidence knowing he has won all seven of their matches.Thiem has never advanced past the fourth round at Melbourne Park, but he showed great improvement on hard courts last season, winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and making the championship match of the Nitto ATP Finals.The Aussie fans will be excited to see home favourite Nick Kyrgios in action, as the World No. 26 faces Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who made the quarter-finals of last year’s Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, a clay-court Masters 1000 event.Kyrgios played Sonego for the first time at last year’s Western & Southern Open, winning 94 per cent of his first-serve points in an 80-minute 7-5, 6-4 victory in which he did not face a break point.“Sonego is a tough competitor,” Kyrgios said. “It was a tough match. Very capable player. Big serve. Loves to hit his forehand. I'm not thinking about it too much at the moment. I’ve got a couple more days to prepare, enjoy the vibes around the whole Aussie Open. I'm just taking it day by day.”#NextGenATP Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime will make his main draw debut in Melbourne, facing a Grand Slam semi-finalist in Ernests Gulbis, a qualifier here this year. The 19-year-old beat Gulbis 7-5, 6-3 in Stuttgart last year, and he will hope to find his best form after admitting at the ATP Cup that he struggled finding a rhythm after switching to a slightly-altered racquet during the off-season.Other stars in action include 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, two-time major finalist Kevin Anderson and high-flying No. 10 seed Gael Monfils.Perhaps the hardest matchup for those players is World No. 92 Damir Dzumhur, who takes a 2-1 ATP Head2Head lead into his battle against Wawrinka. The three-time ATP Tour titlist most recently beat the three-time major winner in Geneva last year.Although Wawrinka could take the racquet out of almost any opponent’s hands with his physical and powerful baseline game, Dzumhur is a speedster in the backcourt, who has a knack for putting an extra ball back into play. If the Swiss is not firing early, Dzumhur will not give him many freebies.The red-hot Russian Andrey Rublev, who has already won titles in Doha and Auckland this season, takes on Aussie wild card Chris O’Connell. The World No. 16 has overtaken Karen Khachanov as the second-ranked Russian in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

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