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Old 06-07-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
krosero
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Default Success on second serve

In the Madrid final this year, Nadal had a higher success on second serve than he did on first serve. So I ran a search of the stats that we've taken, plus our boxscores found in the press, and came up with a list of other folks who had a higher success on second serve.

Each name here is followed by the success on first serve, and then the success on second.

Connors – 64% to 66% (my count) – lost to Newcombe – 1975 AO
Connors – 47% to 54% (my count) – lost to Borg – 1978 Wimbledon
Jaeger – 41% to 44% (Moose’s count) – lost to Navratilova – 1982 RG
Mandlikova – 64.9% to 65.0% (Moose’s count) – lost to Navratilova – 1986 Wimbledon
Evert – 56% to 65% (my count) – lost to Navratilova – 1987 Wimbledon
Lendl – 77% to 79% (my count) – defeated McEnroe – 1987 USO
Wilander – 61% to 63% (my count) – defeated Lendl – 1988 USO
Seles – 52% to 60% (my count) – defeated Graf – 1990 RG
Graf – 69% to 100% (boxscore) – defeated Seles – 1992 Wimbledon
Pierce – 39% to 44% (boxscore) – lost to Hingis – 1997 AO
Sampras – 86% to 92% (my count) – defeated Rafter – 1997 Grand Slam Cup
Graf – 65% to 69% (boxscore) – lost to Davenport – 1999 Wimbledon
Agassi – 72% to 80% (ATP) – lost to Sampras – 1999 Los Angeles
Agassi – 64% to 68% (ATP) – lost to Rafter – 2001 Wimbledon
Federer – 76% to 79% (AO.org) – defeated Santoro – 2008 AO
Clijsters – 63% to 72% (USO.org) – defeated S. Williams – 2009 USO
Nadal – 54% to 63% (ATP) – defeated Federer – 2010 Madrid
Stosur – 70% to 66% – defeated Henin – 2010 RG

With some of these it's not a surprise, because people often talked about Connors' first and second serves being essentially the same. With players like Lendl it may be harder to explain.

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