Originally Posted by NLBwell
Just picked a year at random from when Federer was #1.
Four of the top 10 guys who were best at winning points returning first serves were one-handers (I'm sure higher than the percentage on the tour then). Maybe it is just that there are less one-handed guys these days. Playing lots of matches on clay courts certainly affects the statistics.
2005 1st Serve Return Points Won
1. Rafael Nadal
1520 4123 37% 89
2. Guillermo Coria
1395 3843 36% 82
3. David Ferrer
1191 3329 36% 72
4. Nikolay Davydenko
1268 3577 35% 86
Few things to take into account imo.
1st is that 1st 4 are all 2 handers
2ond is looking at the yr total doesn't tell us about who they faced.
the yr I checked...2012... the top guy with a one hander had not faced the
known big servers.
3rd is I looked at how to 2handers did against Delpo & Fed's serve, then looked how top
1 handers did. In each case I looked at the % was way better for 2 handers.
(I also looked at several other big severs and each case, 2handers were significantly better)
Your point is well taken though.