Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reversal Of Roles at US Open: Djokovic & Nadal- How did it happen?



2010: Nadal defeated Djokovic - 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 !
2011: Djokovic defeated Nadal – 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 !

Do you want to know the real reason why the tables got reversed? I had said earlier also that winning points on his own service can be a potential cause of concern for Nadal and that’s what exactly happened yesterday: Look for yourself at Nadal and Djokovic match stats in 2010 & 2011 Finals:

Nadal
US Open 2010
US Open 2011
  1st Serve %
67%
68%
  Unforced Errors
31
37
  Winning % on 1st Serve
73%
52%
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
57%
42%
  Winners
49
32
  Receiving Points Won
42%
42%
  Break Point Conversions
6 of 26 = 23 %
6 of 14 = 43 %
  Net Approaches
80%
76%


Djokovic
US Open 2010
US Open 2011
  1st Serve %
66%
66%
  Unforced Errors
47
51
  Winning % on 1st Serve
64%
65%
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
46%
44%
  Winners
45
55
  Receiving Points Won
32%
51%
  Break Point Conversions
3 of 4 = 75% 
11 of 26 =42 %
  Net Approaches
62%
66%


Nadal on the other hand won only 52% of his first serve points (73% in 2010) and winners also went down by 17- clearly shows the increased court coverage capability of Djokovic.

How much Djokovic has improved is clear from the above table: His receiving points have gone up to 51% and he had 26 break point chances as compared to only 4 last year.

After seeing the above comparison- no doubt Djokovic was the better player yesterday and Nadal has lots to improve in the coming days. All in all what a thrilling match we witnessed yesterday and soon I will be publishing a list of articles comparing both these players  in 2010 and 2011 and what can be learnt from them.  If you need inspiration and feel that your goals are too tough to accomplish- join my site and you will soon learn that nothing is impossible!

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3 comments:

  1. Of course Nadal has to improve his serve, but Djokovic return of serve was absolutely insane at the final, Nadal serve 1st serves as he did last year, Nole was all the difference, Nadal needs a flatter serve, Nole has no problem with Nadals topspins.

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  2. This time also your prediction are correct as compare to Wimbledon. congrtes. Nadal has to improve lot to beat Djokovic. Injury to Djokovic did not effect his performance

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  3. The only player that can beat djokovic is ( Roger Federer ) he had his chances in the match he was leading 2 sets to love and he had 2 match points on his own serve nadal couldn't do all of this but anyway this is tennis

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