Duel Match Stats/Reports - Federer vs Hewitt, Year End Championship final & round robin, 2004

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
Roger Federer beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 in in the Year End Championship (Tennis Masters Cup) final, 2004 on hard court in Houston, USA

Federer was the defending champion and it was his second title at the event. Hewitt had won the two editions before that in 2001 and 2002, including with a semi-final win over Federer in 2002. The two had recently met in the US Open final with Federer winning. Federer had bagelled Hewitt 5 times in the pair's 4 matches in the year coming into this event

Federer won 62 points, Hewitt 40

Serve Stats
Federer...
- 1st serve percentage (30/47) 64%
- 1st serve points won (26/30) 87%
- 2nd serve points won (10/17) 59%
- Aces 9 (1 second serve)
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (17/47) 36%

Hewitt...
- 1st serve percentage (29/55) 53%
- 1st serve points won (15/29) 52%
- 2nd serve points won (14/26) 53%
- Aces 1
- Double Faults 3
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (11/55) 20%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 66%
- to BH 32%
- to Body 2%

Hewitt served...
- to FH 52%
- to BH 44%
- to Body 4%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 41 (24 FH, 17 BH), including 1 runaround FH & 2 return-approaches
- 1 Winner (1 FH)
- 10 Errors, comprising...
- 5 Unforced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 5 Forced (3 FH, 2 BH)
- Return Rate (41/52) 79%

Hewitt made...
- 30 (20 FH, 10 BH), including 1 return-approach
- 8 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- 5 Forced (5 FH)
- Return Rate (30/47) 64%

Break Points
Federer 3/8 (5 games)
Hewitt 0

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 18 (7 FH, 3 BH, 6 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH)
Hewitt 7 (3 FH, 1 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV, 1 OH)

Federer's FHs - 4 cc (1 pass, 1 return, 1 at net), 2 dtl (1 pass) and 1 inside-in at net
- BHs - 2 dtl (1 pass) and 1 drop shot

- 3 from serve-volley points - all first volley FHVs
- 1 from a return-approach point - a FHV
- the OH was on the bounce

Hewitt's FHs - 1 cc pass and 2 inside-out
- BH - 1 dtl

- 1 from a return-approach point - 1 BHV

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 22
- 18 Unforced (8 FH, 10 BH)
- 4 Forced (1 BH, 1 FHV, 1 FH1/2V, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 48.3

Hewitt 24
- 10 Unforced (5 FH, 5 BH)
- 14 Forced (7 FH, 4 BH, 1 FHV, 2 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 46

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Federer was...
- 14/18 (78%) at net, including...
- 4/5 (80%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 4/4 (100%) off 1st serve and...
- 0/1 off 2nd serve
---
- 1/2 return-approaching

Hewitt was...
- 7/14 (50%) at net, with...
- 1/1 return-approaching
- 1/2 forced back/retreated

Match Report
Classy demonstration from Federer. Hewitt doesn't play badly but just can't hang with him on a fast court

The match was supposed to have been best of 5 but prolonged rain led to it being truncated to best of 3

Standout stat is an interesting one. Federer forces 14 errors out of Hewitt, while hitting 18 winners. For him, that's a high proportion of forcing errors - and speaks to his having attacked with efficiency, especially in light of Hewitt's very good movement and his not being an easy player to force errors out off. On the other side, Hewitt can force just 4 errors. His offense isn't particularly strong, but Fed's defence is and the winner usually puts back in play Hewitt's forcing shots

Very good first set. Hewitt looks to keep rallies BH-BH and the two players are about equal of strength on the BH cc. Fed chooses to throw in odd slices too. Hewitt runsaround to hit FH inside-outs to them, not with great power. Fed's the more damaging changing up with BH longline and extra angled cc shots

And short slices drawing Hewitt to net are expertly played

The two moderately move one another around. Fed's more effective covering the ball.... he hits slightly harder neutrally and probably shades movement too. And Fed serves up a storm

Fed breaks to move ahead 2-0 in a 10 point game where he makes the UEs and also forces points to an end, finishing with a FH inside-out pass to a not good approach shot

Quality of play drops a bit in second set. Both players miss the odd regulation return, rallies become more ball-bashing. Hewitt becomes more error prone, Fed less inclined to collar action while still throwing out the odd great shot

Hewitt's down 0-40 in opening game but escapes with a hold, aided by a couple of dubious calls. From 2-2 though, he loses last 4 games

First break comes on back off strong play from Fed, the second weak play from Hewitt

Serve & Return
Good encounter between Fed serve and Hewitt return. Fed's best serves are unreturnable (9 aces), but Hewitt's steady against everything else. Just 8 return errors with most returns made firmly and with decent depth. Fed hits through even the few very deep returns and is able to command third ball regardless

Decent serving from Hewitt too, especially the second serve. Not overly powerful and he doesn't have Fed's precision wide placement but its quick enough court that his serving can be troublesome. And his second serves are almost same strength as his firsts

Fed though doesn't seem to find it difficult. 79% return rate is excellent on this court. Seems to read the serve and is never caught out by direction

Note both players serving majority to FH - Fed very high 66%, Hewitt 52%. That's a dubious choice from Hewitt and somewhat accounts for comfort of Fed's returning. Despite facing 8% more serves to FH, Fed has same number of errors across wings - and one extra UE on the BH. His FH returns are significantly more confident and firm than BHs... why does Hewitt serve there so much? He starts by serving a much higher proportion there but shifts more evenly when he finds it not going well

Note Hewitt winning 52% first serve points and 53% second serves, slightly surprising seeing he has 3 double faults. That has something to do with serving patterns - he serves to BH and body far more often off second serves than firsts. The lesson in this is pretty obvious. Don't serve too much to Federer's FH

Play - Baseline & Net
Controlled attack from Federer defines play

He's apt to knock away very strong FHs from regulation positions. Hewitt wisely - unlike with the serving - looks to keep things BH-BH

These rallies are about equal, Fed slightly stronger. Driving, his shots are as strong as Hewitt's and he slices short to bring Hewitt in before passing him. Hewitt winning just 6/13 points approaching from rallies and about half of those are when he's drawn forward

Federer's BH forces a good amount of Hewitt's high 11 groundstroke FEs. hard hit BH longline in particular is effective. Its also relatively error prone with 10 UEs (Hewitt has 5) but a strong BH match overall for Fed

FH-FH obviously not a good match-up from Hewitt's point of view. Fed hits firmer and is liable to take anything not deep (as opposed to short) to the cleaners - either ending the point in a stroke or taking charge of it

Difference in defence is significant. Hewitt engages in move-opponent-around play and Fed's able to retrieve balls efficiently. He tends to miss the easier shots in fact - small number of his UEs are on the move (i.e. fairly tough for UEs) while he gets the genuinely challenging balls back. By contrast, some of Hewitt's FEs are relatively mild, not requiring too much sideways movement. Depth as well as width from Federer makes his moderately attacking shots effective

Very sure net play from Fed too. He putsaway volleys above net like clockwork and wins 14/18 in forecourt. His approaches tend to flow organically from having seized initiative from the back (as opposed to dashing forward from neutral position)... good way of finishing points. And 4/5 serve-volleying - 3 of them winners

Hewitt's not bad on the volley either but its often not his choice to come in and Federer is outstanding on the pass

Summing up, commanding showing from Federer. Excellent serving and coping with Hewitt's good returns very well plus sure returning (somewhat helped by Hewitt's quesitonable directional choices) is the background of play. Of action, Fed is able to seize command from the back from neutral positions fairly safely in a way Hewitt can't match. Not a bad showing from Hewitt, he's just completely outclassed

Stats for 2003 final and round robin match between Federer and Andre Agassi - https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...d-championship-final-round-robin-2003.675809/
 

Waspsting

Hall of Fame
In the round robin, Federer beat Hewitt 6-3, 6-4

Federer would top the group unbeaten while Hewitt advanced with wins over Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio

Federer won 69 points, Hewitt 54

Serve Stats
Federer...
- 1st serve percentage (39/63) 62%
- 1st serve points won (28/39) 72%
- 2nd serve points won (17/24) 71%
- Aces 6, Service Winners 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (19/63) 30%

Hewitt...
- 1st serve percentage (39/60) 60%
- 1st serve points won (28/39) 72%
- 2nd serve points won (8/21) 38%
- Aces 6, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 2
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (21/60) 35%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 38%
- to BH 54%
- to Body 8%

Hewitt served...
- to FH 38%
- to BH 59%
- to Body 3%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 37 (13 FH, 24 BH), including 1 return-approach
- 14 Errors, comprising...
- 5 Unforced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 9 Forced (4 FH, 5 BH)
- Return Rate (37/58) 64%

Hewitt made...
- 44 (21 FH, 23 BH), including 4 runaround FHs
- 3 Winners (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 12 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- 9 Forced (5 FH, 4 BH)
- Return Rate (44/63) 70%

Break Points
Federer 2/6 (3 games)
Hewitt 0/3 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 15 (8 FH, 1 BH, 3 FHV, 1 BHV, 2 OH)
Hewitt 6 (3 FH, 1 BH, 1 FHV, 1 OH)

Federer's FHs - 1 cc, 1 dtl, 2 inside-out and 4 inside-in
- BH pass - 1 cc

- 1 from a serve-volleying point - a second volley, FHV
- 1 other FHV wasa swinging shot

Hewitt's FHs - 1 cc return pass, 1 inside-out at net and 1 inside-in return
- BH pass - 1 cc return

- the FHV was played net-to-net

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 29
- 20 Unforced (10 FH, 8 BH, 1 BHV, 1 OH)... with 1 BH at net
- 9 Forced (3 FH, 5 BH, 1 FHV)... with 1 FH running-down-drop-shot at net
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 50

Hewitt 31
- 21 Unforced (13 FH, 7 BH, 1 BHV)
- 10 Forced (4 FH, 5 BH, 1 OH)... the OH was a flagrantly forced baseline attempt to retrieve an at net Federer OH
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Federer was...
- 12/20 (60%) at net, including...
- 3/6 (50%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 2/5 (40%) off 1st serve and...
- 1/1 off 2nd serve
---
- 1/1 return-approaching

Hewitt was...
- 10/14 (71%) at net, with...
- 0/2 forced back/retreated

Match Report
More competitive match than the final, hard hitting of action with serve being more damaging

Statistically, there are a few surprising findings

- Federer with almost identical success of first and second serve points (71.8% and 70.8% respectively). This is smallest gap I've seen from him or a server of his calibre @krosero . 0 double faults helps in not hindering the 2nd serve points, but he's got his 6 aces to bolster the 1st serve number... so he's done significantly better in play off second serve points

- Hewitt leading unreturned serves 35% - 30%, with identical 6 aces, 1 service winner from same number of first serves. Not what you'd expect

- Hewitt significantly ahead on net points won 71% to 60%

- Hewitt having chances, with break points reading 0/3 (2 games), in light of Fed winning 70% of second serve points. Fed's service numbers look like shut-out ones, but Hewitt has his shots

Using action from final as frame of reference, couple of things stand out

- serve being more dominant, especially from Hewitt
- Hewitt distributing serves normally - 38% to FH, 59% to BH, 3% to body

The last mentioned brings home just how much he erred in final. Also makes his choice their even more strange

Generally, Federer is apt to chip or at least block BH returns passively while taking a swing on the FH. In these matches, he's a bit less passive with the BH return - firm pushing or blocking it, rather than completely passively chipping, but its obvious his BH returns give Hewitt a better starting position off third ball than FH returns do

Getting more passive-to-neutral returns from the BH than he did in the final allows Hewitt to rally more strongly in this match

Action is hard hitting, with mild to moderate moving-other-guy around of style. Not much hitting regulation balls with point ending force from Federer. Wisely.... Hewitt's shots are usually at least firm and deep, sometimes wide

In final, Federer had the better movement and was able to force errors out of Hewitt much more readily than other way around

Here its about equal, and both move the other around about equally. Hewitt's much better from the final at resisting being forced into errors, Federer remains very good as he was to be in final... but better quality hitting here. Fed still edges play in this area (more of his FEs are passing shots, most of Hewitt's come out of baseline-to-baseline rallies), but not by much

Fed maintains a more attacking court position. Unless forced otherwise, he stays close to baseline and hits on up while moving into court when he has initiative of rally. Hewitt tends to play neutrally from further behind baseline and rarely steps into court to attack

Some good strong returning Hewitt. Fed tends to hit third ball with authority regardless, but shy of looking to finish points with it. Wisely, it would have been low percentage to try

Fed's returns tend to leave Hewitt with more scope to take charge of play. He doesn't do so much... hits firmly off third ball but with less conviction than Fed, while having had more scope to do so

On defence, Fed's movement is better than his shot consistency, which isn't bad either. Breakdown of UEs -
Neutral - Fed 7, Hewitt 9
Attacking - Fed 6, Hewitt 10
Winner Attempts - Fed 7, Hewitt 2

... gives an accurate picture of play. In the context of playing dynamics of hard hitting groundies, Hewitt is strained to attack, beyond the norm (and Fed defends against it well). Fed is more able to attack, but falters some on finishing. 7 winner attempt errors to 15 winners is not a good yield for him

Match Progression
First set is hard hitting, baseline based play. Fed's serve-volley change ups don't end well for him, with Hewitt whacking a pair of return winners

Fed has to save a break point in the 12 point Game 3, a poor error ridden one from him where he makes 5 UEs (including missing an OH). Unreturned serves see him out of the tight spot
He breaks next game, a good one from him with 3 winners, finishing with BH cc pass
He's in trouble next game though and has to save 2 more break points, which he does with strong FHs... and rest of set goes on serve

Rallies are tougher in the second. Lots of errors, but in the context of hard hitting, moving-around-play, action remains good of quality. Hewitt takes to coming to net more, which isn't easy against Fed's hitting and is highly successful at net

Fed's always ahead after breaking to open the set by forcing errors with FH dtl, BH dtl and a net point. Nonetheless, he plays normally (i.e. doesn't start half-assing return games). Has one more break point later on, where Hewitt comes to net to come through

Best game of the match is the last, as Fed serves out the match. Hewitt hits some powerful returns and takes net 4/6 points. At 30-30, he misses a regulation BHV and point after, Fed finishes with a very good, back-pedalling smash

Summing up, good hard hitting match. Hewitt serves strongly (and not unwisely as in the final) and returns well against strong opposition. Play is a mix of hard hitting and mildly moving-other-guy around of nature, with both players moving superbly and defending ably while Federer is significantly stronger in attacking beyond that

special thanks to @NatF
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
In the round robin, Federer beat Hewitt 6-3, 6-4

Federer would top the group unbeaten while Hewitt advanced with wins over Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio

Federer won 69 points, Hewitt 54

Serve Stats
Federer...
- 1st serve percentage (39/63) 62%
- 1st serve points won (28/39) 72%
- 2nd serve points won (17/24) 71%
- Aces 6, Service Winners 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (19/63) 30%

Hewitt...
- 1st serve percentage (39/60) 60%
- 1st serve points won (28/39) 72%
- 2nd serve points won (8/21) 38%
- Aces 6, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 2
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (21/60) 35%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 38%
- to BH 54%
- to Body 8%

Hewitt served...
- to FH 38%
- to BH 59%
- to Body 3%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 37 (13 FH, 24 BH), including 1 return-approach
- 14 Errors, comprising...
- 5 Unforced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 9 Forced (4 FH, 5 BH)
- Return Rate (37/58) 64%

Hewitt made...
- 44 (21 FH, 23 BH), including 4 runaround FHs
- 3 Winners (2 FH, 3 BH)
- 12 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- 9 Forced (5 FH, 4 BH)
- Return Rate (44/63) 70%

Break Points
Federer 2/6 (3 games)
Hewitt 0/3 (2 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 15 (8 FH, 1 BH, 3 FHV, 1 BHV, 2 OH)
Hewitt 6 (3 FH, 1 BH, 1 FHV, 1 OH)

Federer's FHs - 1 cc, 1 dtl, 2 inside-out and 4 inside-in
- BH pass - 1 cc

- 1 from a serve-volleying point - a second volley, FHV
- 1 other FHV wasa swinging shot

Hewitt's FHs - 1 cc return pass, 1 inside-out at net and 1 inside-in return
- BH pass - 1 cc return

- the FHV was played net-to-net

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 29
- 20 Unforced (10 FH, 8 BH, 1 BHV, 1 OH)... with 1 BH at net
- 9 Forced (3 FH, 5 BH, 1 FHV)... with 1 FH running-down-drop-shot at net
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 50

Hewitt 31
- 21 Unforced (13 FH, 7 BH, 1 BHV)
- 10 Forced (4 FH, 5 BH, 1 OH)... the OH was a flagrantly forced baseline attempt to retrieve an at net Federer OH
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index

(Note 1: all half-volleys refer to such shots played at net. Half -volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke counts)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Federer was...
- 12/20 (60%) at net, including...
- 3/6 (50%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 2/5 (40%) off 1st serve and...
- 1/1 off 2nd serve
---
- 1/1 return-approaching

Hewitt was...
- 10/14 (71%) at net, with...
- 0/2 forced back/retreated

Match Report
More competitive match than the final, hard hitting of action with serve being more damaging

Statistically, there are a few surprising findings

- Federer with almost identical success of first and second serve points (71.8% and 70.8% respectively). This is smallest gap I've seen from him or a server of his calibre @krosero . 0 double faults helps in not hindering the 2nd serve points, but he's got his 6 aces to bolster the 1st serve number... so he's done significantly better in play off second serve points

- Hewitt leading unreturned serves 35% - 30%, with identical 6 aces, 1 service winner from same number of first serves. Not what you'd expect

- Hewitt significantly ahead on net points won 71% to 60%

- Hewitt having chances, with break points reading 0/3 (2 games), in light of Fed winning 70% of second serve points. Fed's service numbers look like shut-out ones, but Hewitt has his shots

Using action from final as frame of reference, couple of things stand out

- serve being more dominant, especially from Hewitt
- Hewitt distributing serves normally - 38% to FH, 59% to BH, 3% to body

The last mentioned brings home just how much he erred in final. Also makes his choice their even more strange

Generally, Federer is apt to chip or at least block BH returns passively while taking a swing on the FH. In these matches, he's a bit less passive with the BH return - firm pushing or blocking it, rather than completely passively chipping, but its obvious his BH returns give Hewitt a better starting position off third ball than FH returns do

Getting more passive-to-neutral returns from the BH than he did in the final allows Hewitt to rally more strongly in this match

Action is hard hitting, with mild to moderate moving-other-guy around of style. Not much hitting regulation balls with point ending force from Federer. Wisely.... Hewitt's shots are usually at least firm and deep, sometimes wide

In final, Federer had the better movement and was able to force errors out of Hewitt much more readily than other way around

Here its about equal, and both move the other around about equally. Hewitt's much better from the final at resisting being forced into errors, Federer remains very good as he was to be in final... but better quality hitting here. Fed still edges play in this area (more of his FEs are passing shots, most of Hewitt's come out of baseline-to-baseline rallies), but not by much

Fed maintains a more attacking court position. Unless forced otherwise, he stays close to baseline and hits on up while moving into court when he has initiative of rally. Hewitt tends to play neutrally from further behind baseline and rarely steps into court to attack

Some good strong returning Hewitt. Fed tends to hit third ball with authority regardless, but shy of looking to finish points with it. Wisely, it would have been low percentage to try

Fed's returns tend to leave Hewitt with more scope to take charge of play. He doesn't do so much... hits firmly off third ball but with less conviction than Fed, while having had more scope to do so

On defence, Fed's movement is better than his shot consistency, which isn't bad either. Breakdown of UEs -
Neutral - Fed 7, Hewitt 9
Attacking - Fed 6, Hewitt 10
Winner Attempts - Fed 7, Hewitt 2

... gives an accurate picture of play. In the context of playing dynamics of hard hitting groundies, Hewitt is strained to attack, beyond the norm (and Fed defends against it well). Fed is more able to attack, but falters some on finishing. 7 winner attempt errors to 15 winners is not a good yield for him

Match Progression
First set is hard hitting, baseline based play. Fed's serve-volley change ups don't end well for him, with Hewitt whacking a pair of return winners

Fed has to save a break point in the 12 point Game 3, a poor error ridden one from him where he makes 5 UEs (including missing an OH). Unreturned serves see him out of the tight spot
He breaks next game, a good one from him with 3 winners, finishing with BH cc pass
He's in trouble next game though and has to save 2 more break points, which he does with strong FHs... and rest of set goes on serve

Rallies are tougher in the second. Lots of errors, but in the context of hard hitting, moving-around-play, action remains good of quality. Hewitt takes to coming to net more, which isn't easy against Fed's hitting and is highly successful at net

Fed's always ahead after breaking to open the set by forcing errors with FH dtl, BH dtl and a net point. Nonetheless, he plays normally (i.e. doesn't start half-assing return games). Has one more break point later on, where Hewitt comes to net to come through

Best game of the match is the last, as Fed serves out the match. Hewitt hits some powerful returns and takes net 4/6 points. At 30-30, he misses a regulation BHV and point after, Fed finishes with a very good, back-pedalling smash

Summing up, good hard hitting match. Hewitt serves strongly (and not unwisely as in the final) and returns well against strong opposition. Play is a mix of hard hitting and mildly moving-other-guy around of nature, with both players moving superbly and defending ably while Federer is significantly stronger in attacking beyond that

special thanks to @NatF
From what I watched, Hewitt made some easy mistakes on key points that ended up costing him. Otherwise he didn't play bad.
 
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