Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nadal's Service- A Potential Area Of Concern (US Open Round 1 Update)




Defending Champion Rafael Nadal advanced to second round of US Open in straight sets  victory over Andrey Golubev (6-3, 7-6, 7-5) yesterday.  It was a hard fought victory for the 10 time GS champion. Everyone was left wondering to the cause of it; so I thought let’s look at 2010 victory and see what changed. If we remember, one of the most important reasons for Nadal was his service (broken only 5 times last year here) due to which he was able to complete his career slam last year at US Open:

Here is an interesting stat for all to see:


 Rafael Nadal
Overall 2010 US Open
2010 US Open  Ist Round
2011 US Open Ist Roun
1st Serve %
64%
69/103 = 67%
61/94 = 65
Aces
6
7
6
Double Faults
2
3
4
Unforced Errors
23
29
16
Winning % on 1st       Serve
84%
54/69 = 78%
40/61 = 66%
Winning % on 2nd Serve
67%
24/34 = 71%
16/33 = 48%
Winners
27
30
18
Receiving Points Won
40%
43/121 = 36%
63/122 = 52%
Break Point Conversions
42%
2/10 = 20%
8/22 = 36%
Net Approaches
70%
15/19 = 79%
8/13 = 62
Fastest Serve Speed
132
131 MPH
133 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed
118
117 MPH
115 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed
88
89 MPH
87 MPH


If you look at the highlighted column, you will realize that his serve has really gone (almost 18%) down. This is one of the reasons why he lost in Rogers Cup and Cincy too. Even the number of his winners has gone down. And yesterday's match was no different. His first and second serve point has considerably gone down and if Nadal has to leave his mark this year, this is one area he will have to work upon- otherwise it will be very difficult for him against players like Murray and Djokovic (best returners in the game) to go and defend his title!

(PS- I will be posting similar interesting stats and news about Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray further in the day and throughout the tournament for the top 4. Also I will be at US Open this year from coming Saturday. So don’t miss to catch the latest pictures of your favorite player. Stay tuned and please don't forget to join my Facebook PageTwitter or Site to catch all these interesting updates)

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3 comments:

  1. Every statistics shows downtrend excepunforced errors and receiving points won. He has to improve his game before quaterfinal. Nice analysis.

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  2. Thanks! He will have to improve his service otherwise Murray/Djokovic will jump on this weak link of his game!

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  3. good analysis,but then nadal's only concern during the early rounds is simply to win them ,we have seen so many times in the past that he really ups his game as he arrives QF stage and beyond.iam confident he can do it again,vamos!

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