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  1. ghostofMecir

    Both Djokovic and Nadal are serving much bigger than Federer

    The supposed 6’1 “servebot” is serving at the slowest pace he ever at this AO. His ability to hold serve by hitting so many lines and disguising the serve on toss (something Djokovic has gotten really good at) at his relatively average tennis height (Nadal is the same height and Djokovic is...
  2. ghostofMecir

    37.9/38 year old Federer has completely outplayed GOAT candidate Djokovic this season

    AND at 38 years of age has won MORE THAN HALF of all points played between the two. Federer has 49.4%of all points vs. Nadal, while Djokovic has won 49.6%of points vs. Federer. Djokovic wasn’t better at any aspect of the game against a 38 year old man who thoroughly dominated the Serbian...
  3. ghostofMecir

    A slam runner up has never been this dominant over the slam winner in the last 28+years

    We have official match data from 1991 AO onwards. This is only the second time in 28 years (time period that we have ATP data) that the losing player in a slam final won more total points, more return points, and the dominance ratio. The other... was the 2009 AO Final. Not sure if this is a...
  4. ghostofMecir

    Since 1980, 30yo+ all-time greats have 7 wins and 31 losses in slam QFs/SFs/Fs

    When facing younger all-time greats (at least 3 years younger) Federer: 3W—8L Connors: 3W—11L Agassi: 0W—3L Lendl: 1W—6L McEnroe: 0W—3L If you count Hewitt and Murray as ATGs, it’s 11 W, 33 L. Federer: 6W—9L Connors: 3W—11L Agassi: 1W—3L Lendl: 1W—6L McEnroe: 0W—3L Sampras: 0W—1L...
  5. ghostofMecir

    Federer vs. Nadal Rally length stats: Match won from the baseline

    % of points won on 2nd serve Federer—62% Nadal 48% % of points won on opponet’s 2nd serve Federer—52% Nadal—38% Winners from baeline Federer—20 Nadal—13 Average 1st serve speed Federer—115 mph Nadal—117 mph (even WITH majority of serves to Fed’s BH on AD, i.e., slower slice serve)
  6. ghostofMecir

    Nadal has been much better on hard courts than on clay this season

    Beyond what anybody would ever think would happen, Nadal has been much better on hard than he has been on clay this season. Dominance ratio on hard courts: 1.48 [career, 1.24] Dominance rario on clay courts: 1.24 [career, 1.39] 2019 Hard court serve points won: 72.1%; hard court return points...
  7. ghostofMecir

    On Monday, there will be three Italians in the top 32

    Great to see especially with the news of the Tour Finals heading to Turin. 12. Fabio Fognini 19. Marco Cecchinato 31. Matteo Berrettini All three should be seeded for RG as both Cecchinato and Berrettini are defending only 45 points each in the Madrid+Roma combo. When was the last time this...
  8. ghostofMecir

    Only the eighth time ever Nadal didn’t break serve on clay

    Nadal has played 536 matches on clay and has only failed to break serve 8 times with four of those times when he was a 15/16/17 years old. Thiem, Barcelona 2019, 0/3 on break points Murray, Madrid 2015, 0/3 on break points Federer, Madrid 2009, 0/4 on break points Ferrero, Rome 2008, 05 on...
  9. ghostofMecir

    Nadal won the least amount of 1st serve points on clay since 2004

    Nadal almost always wins at least 60% of his 1st serve points on clay not because of his serve itself, obviously, but because he’s so damn difficult to defeat in rallies, and when returning his 1st serve, his opponents are always either at neutral [best csse] or slightly behind int he rallies...
  10. ghostofMecir

    FEDERER’s historic age related H-H disadvantage

    Most players wind up having their biggest H-H battles against players within 2 years their age. Obviously, earlier success as a teen and then not being able to stay on tour past 30 will mean fewer matches against younger players, but Federer has played the most matches against two players 5 and...
  11. ghostofMecir

    Djokovic’s dominance on Hard vs Nadal compared to Nadal’s dominance over Fed on clay

    Never seen the type of dominance Djokovic has show in his last 8 matches on hard vs. Nadal. It’s true thet Nadal isn’t the same Nadal he has been, but the level of dominance has been shocking. We hear about Nadal’s dominance over Federer on clay, but those matches save two have all been more...
  12. ghostofMecir

    Most dominant slam final performance ever?

    Djokovic had a 2.40 dominance ratio over Nadal in last night’s final. Before this final, Djokovic’s most dominant slam Finals win was in 2011 over Murray at the AO (1.54; 6-4,6-2, 6-3). In that match, Murray won 78 points overall compared to Nadal’s 53 last night and won 26 return points to...
  13. ghostofMecir

    Rafa and Uncle Toni should have been penalized...

    For all the times this pair engaged in illegal coaching. Nadal should have also been penalized for all the time violations. This Serena/Osaka match put all that cheating from this pair into perspective.
  14. ghostofMecir

    20 Longest Win Streaks Past the age of 30

    Well, 21 longest streaks to be exact. Federer just won his 17th in a row. Nadal won 17 in a row last year. Past age 35, Laver’s 23 in a row (in recognized events at least) is the record. Let me know if I missed some. 1. Laver, 23, 1975, at age 36 1. Laver, 23, 1973 and 1974, at age 35 3...
  15. ghostofMecir

    31-5

    That was Federer’s edge in return points won. The ridiculous scoring system made the match look close when it wasn’t. Here are some other one sided return points won advantages—feel free to add you own. —Djokovic was 42-6 ahead in return points win against Chardy at Wimby 2013 —Djokovic was...
  16. ghostofMecir

    Federer’s (past the age of 30) record against the Top 10

    Fed after the age of 30 is 75-38 against the top 10. His 75 wins would place him 12th all time (if we’re only counting official rankings starting in the early ‘70s) excluding expos and non-ATP sanctioned events. Some players who would be close to where Federer is: Edberg: 96-114 JMac: 83-63...
  17. ghostofMecir

    The difference between Federer and Sampras is...

    the same as the difference between the # of slams Edberg or Becker won (six) and the number of slams @90sclay has won.
  18. ghostofMecir

    Final wasn’t really close at all...

    Only tennis’s idiosyncratic scoring system makes it seem close. Should have been a straight sets win in all honesty. After three sets: 33 return points won for Fred, Cilic 17 points won with almost double of returns put into play by Fed. In any other rational scoring system, the “score”...
  19. ghostofMecir

    Slams need a third set TBer for WTA matches

    if they want one for men’s 5th sets, that’s OK as long as the women’s game gets them. That Halep/Davis match was never ending. Kept on checking the scores to see if it was over. Either that or schedule WTA matches on the outer courts, Kooyong, or the parking lot. That was ridiculous.
  20. ghostofMecir

    AO website and mobile app: The worst thing I’ve ever seen

    Seriously—what’s going on here? Was the design and functionality part of a Melbourne middle school technology class? —The design is horrific (see comment about middle school project) —The functionality is trash —The live scoring with serve speeds, easy access to stats/serve stats not there...
  21. ghostofMecir

    GOATy STAT: The YEC is a young man’s game for everyone other than the GOAT

    The majority of wins at the Masters/YEC/TMC/WTF are by players who haven’t turned 30. Winning the title in one’s 30s has only been done once (Federer, 2011). An undefeated run in a RR format has been done by players in their early or mid 30s, but nobody has done it in his 30s other than Federer...
  22. ghostofMecir

    What’s more difficult: Winning 50+ matches at the YEC/WTF or 10 slams?

    Obviously, everyone would want to win 10 slams, but the question is “which one is harder to do?” If you won the YEC title 7 times undefeated and lost in the finals 4 times (while being undefeated going into it), you would have 51 wins. These wins would all be against top 10 players (extreme...
  23. ghostofMecir

    In the No-Ad scoring system...unfairness to lefties?

    Do left handed players get to choose which side they begin serving from? If they don’t and they serve as they do today, it would be a big advantage for right handed players. Currently, at deuce, everyone serves into the deuce court, i.e., the side that is the biggest advantage to righties...
  24. ghostofMecir

    Record for longest span of time span between #1 rankings

    Looks like both Nadal and Federer have a chance to set the ATP Tour record for longest time span between being ranked #1. 1. Nadal: First ascended to #1 on August 18, 2008; is currently ranked #1 on August 21, 2017 9 years 2. Connors: First ascended to #1 on July 29, 1974; was last ranked #1...
  25. ghostofMecir

    Federer's dominant first serve return game this SW19

    He was off and on with the BH return this Wimbledon, but overall, he locked into just about every server's serve sooner or later and was getting a plethora of returns into play and that allowed him to apply pressure in return games. The neutralizing "bunt" FH return on the AD side, the...
  26. ghostofMecir

    Rank Federer All-Time based only on results from the age of 30+

    Assume the complete Federer doesn't exist. Assume we just have this player named Federer and we take into account his achievements as a 30+ year old only. Where would you rank him in the Open Era all time? NOTE: Not ranked against other players' careers over 30 but against other players'...
  27. ghostofMecir

    In two tournaments, Federer has SIX Top Ten wins

    At the Australian Open: Berdych, Kei, Stan, Nadal At Indian Wells: Nadal, Wawrinka Total: 6 To put that in perspective, Nadal had 10 in 2006, 11 in 2007, 10 in his great 2010 season (4 of them at WTF so 6 from January through October), and 7 in 2014. Sampras had 11 in 1993 (4 at the...
  28. ghostofMecir

    Nadal/Federer Head to Head: 3,560 to 3,464

    Nadal and Federer have played 7024 points in their 36 matches. Nadal has won 3,560 points (50.7%) and Federer has won 3,464 (49.3%). One might think that a 23-13 advantage head-to-head would yield a bigger overall lead in total points, buit a few things at play. 1. Federer lost in Dubai 2006...
  29. ghostofMecir

    Federer's BH and mentality...

    Won him the match. First the BH: It's unbeleiveable how good his BH was this entire tournament and how aggressive Federer was with it. You could see him practicing the short angled CC BH at the Hopman Cup and the DTL and it paid off. He hit 8 BH winners from the back of the court in the fifth...
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