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Old 03-11-2009, 04:03 PM   #18
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Default Ivanisevic vs. Krajicek and Norman

Ivanisevic-Krajicek, 1998 Wimbledon sf, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 15-13.

That's 71 service games altogether, plus one tiebreak. But the ATP -- despite having the correct score -- reports only 64 service games.

And they have the break points wrong, too. They've got Ivanisevic 3/3 on breakers, Krajicek 2/4. But the New York Times has Goran at 5 of 6: he broke three times in the first four sets (serving for the match in the fourth), and twice more in the fifth.

In fact the ATP's break points look like they might be confined to the first four sets.

Tennis Magazine (“Where Are the Big Guns?” by Jon Levey, August 2008 ):

The sonic-serving boom reached its peak several years later, in the 1998 Wimbledon semifinals. Two disciples of the big serve, Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek, squared off for five sets. While Edberg and Becker had nuances to their games, Ivanisevic and Krajicek, who were taller, relied on mammoth serves and backed them up with adequate volleys when necessary. Of the 290 points played, almost a third (91) ended with an ace or a double fault. Despite going to a 15-13 fifth set, the match took just 3 hours and 22 minutes. It was evenly contested and utterly monotonous.
Those stats may be taken from the ATP boxscore, which also has 290 total points. The 91 points from aces and double-faults may be fine (the aces are confirmed in the Times), but I doubt that only 290 points were played over the full 72 games. It would mean an average of 4.03 points per game, almost numerically impossible.

Norman-Ivanisevic, 1997 Wimbledon, 2nd round,
6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 4-6, 14-12.

That's 65 service games, plus one tiebreak. The ATP boxscore reports only 39 -- as if the 26 games of the fifth set had been dropped.

The Dallas Morning News had a boxscore:

Norman Ivanisevic
Aces 25 46
Service winners 90 92
Double faults 18 19
1st serve pct 51 56
1st serve win pct. 81 85
Break points 2-9 3-17
Return points won 27 56
Net points 104-152 97-133
Total points won 191 207
That's 398 total points, compared to 302 at the ATP.

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