Match Stats/Report - Djokovic vs Canas, Miami final, 2007


Hall of Fame
Novak Djokovic beat Guillermo Canas 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the Miami final, 2007 on hard court

Djokovic was 19 years old and this was his first Masters title. Canas was a qualifier. This was the last best of 5 sets Masters final

Djokovic won 96 points, Canas 69

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (65/96) 68%
- 1st serve points won (45/65) 69%
- 2nd serve points won (22/31) 71%
- Aces 7 (1 second serve), Service Winners 3 (1 second serve)
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (20/96) 21%

- 1st serve percentage (37/69) 54%
- 1st serve points won (24/37) 65%
- 2nd serve points won (16/32) 50%
- Aces 6
- Double Faults 5
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (14/69) 20%

Serve Patterns
Djokovic served...
- to FH 41%
- to BH 54%
- to Body 5%

Canas served...
- to FH 30%
- to BH 67%
- to Body 3%

Return Stats
Djokovic made...
- 50 (11 FH, 39 BH), including 1 return-approach
- 8 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (1 FH, 2 BH)
- 5 Forced (2 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (50/64) 78%

Canas made...
- 75 (35 FH, 40 BH), including 2 runaround FHs
- 10 Errors, comprising...
- 3 Unforced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- 7 Forced (4 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (75/95) 79%

Break Points
Djokovic 4/7 (5 games)
Canas 0/5 (3 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
Djokovic 33 (15 FH, 11 BH, 1 FHV, 3 BHV, 3 OH)
Canas 14 (7 FH, 3 BH, 1 FHV, 3 OH)

Djokovic's FHs - 2 cc (1 at net), 5 dtl, 4 inside-out (1 at net), 3 inside-in and 1 drop shot
- BHs - 3 cc (2 passes), 4 dtl (1 pass) and 3 drop shots

- 1 from a return-approach point, an OH
- 1 other OH was on the bounce from the baseline

Canas' FHs - 1 cc pass, 2 dtl passes, 1 inside-out, 1 inside-in and 1 net chord dribbler
- BHs (all passes) - 1 cc, 1 dtl and 1 running-down-drop-shot lob at net

- 1 OH was a net chord dribbler

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Djokovic 40
- 31 Unforced (17 FH, 12 BH, 1 BHV, 1 Tweener)
- 9 Forced (5 FH, 3 BH, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 48.1

Canas 38
- 26 Unforced (15 FH, 10 BH, 1 BHV)
- 12 Forced (6 FH, 4 BH, 1 FHV, 1 Tweener)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 42.7

(Note 1: All 1/2 volleys refer to such shots played at net. 1/2 volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke numbers)

(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
Djokovic was...
- 16/26 (62%) at net, with...
- 1/1 return-approaching
- 2/3 (67%) forced back/retreated

Canas was...
- 10/16 (63%) at net, with...
- 1/2 forced back

Match Report
Consummate showing from Djokovic, who showcases his abilities in all areas handsomely. The match itself is routine with Canas simply outplayed in all areas on a medium paced court

2 stats standout as unusual. Djokovic, the very comfortable winner, serving 96 points to Canas' 69. That's due to a to an outlier 22 point game on Djoko's serve and Canas being broken in short games
The other is Djokovic with a Tweener UE. How exactly does one make a Tweener UE?

It happens when Canas throws up a defensive lob that Djoko can comfortably smash from about the service line. Or backtrack to the baseline from where he can play an OH on bounce or a groundstroke. Instead, he doesn't do anything, lets the ball get behind him, scampers back late to retrieve the ball. Could probably play a turnaround shot rather than a tweener, but goes for the fancy shot and nets it. Canas isn't even at net and there you go: the first and last tweener UE in history, on shot choice grounds

There's an equally rare incident when Canas is called for a center line foot fault. Apparently, any part of the body touches any part of the imaginary center line at any point in the service motion and its a foot fault. On the point in question, Canas' back foot in starting position is very, very close to center line, probably touching it. He's moved well away from it during service motion and delivery, but per the rules, its fair enough call. Its even understandable that the center line judge from opposite end of court would have caught it because Canas' position is obviously extreme. No challenges for foot faults, I would think? Possibly for normal ones, where foot touches baseline, but center line is imaginary making matter difficult

Djokovic's Game
Impressive from Djokovic and varied; he demonstrates at least a bit of everything, save serve-volleying

Strong and varied serving. There are good, slower kicked first serves and there are hard, flat second serves (he has an ace and a service winner each off it). First serves are well placed wide. Occasional use of the body serve. Overall, good second serves (as in, hard to attack). Just 1 double fault, served when serving out the match. He ends up winning 71% second serve points to 69% off firsts

Firm and consistent returning and 78% return rate. Canas sends down good lot of wide first serves, especially down the middle, and Djoko moves/stretches over to hit them back with reasonable authority. Anything in swing range is bopped back firmly. Even throws in a chip-charge that he wins

Baseline play is also varied, based around firm hitting off both sides. He's at his most impressive playing this way by outlasting Canas, who isn't bad, just not as good as Djoko. Djoko throws in dtl point finishers regularly from this classic, crosscourt based rallying dynamic from both sides (5 FH winners, 4 BHs)

In second set, he gets more offensive, moves over more to BH court and looks to attack more with FHs. And tends to go inside-in to finish points rather than inside-out. Its not a good or necessary idea - Canas is more error prone off FH, but inside-in over high part of net is unnecessarily risky - and he makes a bunch of errors going for it. The leaning on BH side and looking for FHs is less effective than when he keeps central court position and looks to play normal, duel winged game.

He also throws in a high number of slices (for him). They're surprisingly good. Not many by a normal standard, plenty for him

Excellent movement to back it up, which comes out most in third set, when Canas is at his most attacking (least neutral is a better description), and Djoko also counters with moderate moving-Canas-around play

Slightly unusually for what his game would come to be known for, Djoko isn't shy coming forward to finish points after taking charge from back and he's 15/25 coming in off rallies. Good touch volleys and places the deep ones away from Canas, without punching them through fully. Just a bit tentative on the OH, though he does smash one away Sampras-like. Small number of manufactured approaches (as opposed to coming in after taking charge) too

Canas isn't at net much, but when he is, Djoko passes with strength too. A BH cc passing winner from stretched out, wholly defensive position is one of best shots of the match

Finally, excellent use of the drop shot with which he has 4 winners

In nutshell, everything's on show from Djokovic and the worst of it isn't bad, most of it is at least good. 33 winners, 31 UEs is excellent overall numbers
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Canas' Game
Decent serve from Canas. He also mixes them up and. 6 aces is high for strength of his serve, but they're virtually perfect and would be aces on any court. Djoko copes with other strong, wide serves and there's a good amount of regulation serves

Solid returning. Doesn't miss much - just 3 UEs - manages to put back in play many strong serves and is very consistent on the regulation return off both sides

Canas' groundgame is based on neutral shots and consistency. He's not bad at it, but Djoko is better still and he's usually the one to give up the UE. The BH is more solid side and FH is guilty at times of missing regulation shots a bit readily

Curiously, he's better at retrieving and counter-punching then playing neutrally. When Djoko ups the attacking play, Canas runs down balls and puts them in play more impressively than when trading regulation groundstrokes from the back. He does well to only give up 10 groundstroke FEs as he faces a significant barrage of hard hit, wide placed shots to deal with

His game isn't attacking though. Note low UEFI of 42.7. Breakdown of UEs -
- Defensive - Canas 0, Djoko 1 (the tweener)
- Neutral - Canas 21, Djoko 13
- Attacking - Canas 3, Djoko 7
- Winner Attempts - Canas 2, Djoko 10

The figure capture Canas' play accurately and also reflects room for improvement in Djoko's attacking efficiency

Match Progression
First is set is marked by neutral baseline play. Djoko is harder hitter, more consistent and apt to finish points with dtl shots and comes out ahead, but Canas hangs in to make it competitive

Djoko saves a break point in game 3 and then breaks to love. Couple of good shots from Djoko (forcing FHV error and a BH dtl winner), a Canas FH UE and a double fault where the second fault is the center line foot fault

Djokovic plays a superb inside-out BH slice approach shot. Yannick Noah would be proud of it

Despite scoreline, second set is tougher. Djokovic serves 41 points in it to Canas' 19 (which includes breaks to love and 15). Djokovic aps the aggression and tries to blast balls instead of hitting firmly and moves over to BH side to hit FH point finishers. He makes plenty of attacking errors trying and Canas is very good scampering and defending

There's a magnificent running-down-drop-volley at net lob winner by Canas. Djokovic manages to hold a 22 point game where he faced 3 break points. On one of the points, his FH inside-out had been called out before a challenge indicated the edge of the ball had caught the edge of the line. Sans Hawk-Eye, on slow mo I would have said ball was out. Djoko crosses himself at that result

Third is best of the bunch. Canas attacks a bit more, moves Djoko about some (as opposed to hitting regulation neutral shots) and approaches more than previously. Djoko tones down his attacking play from second set but remains more attacking player. Play is balanced between firm hitting outlasting stuff, some moving-other-guy around and significant hard hitting beat down stuff. Just the one break to leave Djoko to serve out the match. He strikes a pair of BH passing winners in doing so

Summing, very good match from Djokovic - solid and very varied in his play. He's at his best keeping central court position and playing balanced game across wings and falters a bit when moving over to BH side to whack big FHs. Canas looks a solid player but even on that front, comes out behind his opponent and doesn't have extra attacking options

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Bionic Poster
Canas running through draws in early 2007 just screams weak era and 2006 not the best year for the field. The guy was injured so much I suspect it was not well known how to play him and perhaps he retooled for his late 2006 into 2007 push. Even in 2007 statistically a much betterer clay courter.