Every week, Tennis Analytics dives deep into the data, bringing you a stat of the week to help you understand tennis better and become a little smarter.
Stat of the Week: 89%
Poise: Maintaining equilibrium, balance in moments of stress.
That was Novak Djokovic at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. Poised. Especially on his own serve.
Novak made 62% of 1st serves and won 80%!
Under pressure (serving break point down, or 1 point away from break point, e.g. 15-30, 30-30), he was even better.
- He made 63% of first serves and won a whopping 89% of those points!
- On the 37% chance that opponents got a look at his second serve, opponents only won 48% compared to Novak’s 57%.
- This combination helped the world #1 perform 16% better saving break points.
On the rare occasion that opponents did get a break point, they won just 1 in every 6.
Perhaps the bigger story is WHERE he targeted first serves. Novak goes wide in deuce court and to T in ad court – to his opponent’s forehand.
On pressure points? He does it even more!
Point of the Week
Great players know where their strengths lie. Then they first play to their own strengths, before playing to the opponent’s weaknesses.
Berrettini knew that Novak would serve wide in deuce court. Despite this, Novak went there anyway, to see if his opponent could handle this strength. He didn’t.
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Photo of the Week
The Novak Djokovic forehand.