Originally Posted by Moose Malloy
Impressive work. I know I'll never get around to it, but I'm curious to see this stat on some other big matches over the years(Lendl-Wilander, Nadal-Federer, etc)
One thing I think I did wrong here is counting double-faults, because the ball never goes into play. If I ever do this stat again I won't count the df's. You could have a player make a rash of them and it would make the average rally seem shorter.
Agassi and Sampras were making very few df's in these samples so no problem there.
The figure I got in the AO match might go down even further in the fourth set because Sampras started serving a tidal wave of aces. I didn't count them myself but going by ESPN's running count, it looks like he hit 18 aces in that set -- after serving 17 in the first three sets combined.