Match Stats/Report - Djokovic vs Federer, Miami semi-final, 2009

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Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Miami Masters semi-final, 2009 on hard court

Djokovic would go onto lose the final to Andy Murray

Djokovic won 86 points, Federer 67

Serve Stats
Djokovic....
- 1st serve percentage (51/73) 70%
- 1st serve points won (35/51) 69%
- 2nd serve points won (12/22) 55%
- Aces 4
- Double Faults 4
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (14/73) 19%

Federer...
- 1st serve percentage (48/80) 60%
- 1st serve points won (28/48) 58%
- 2nd serve points won (13/32) 41%
- Aces 4, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 4
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (18/80) 23%
 

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Serve Pattern
Djokovic served...
- to FH 42%
- to BH 48%
- to Body 10%

Federer served...
- to FH 47%
- to BH 53%

Return Stats
Djokovic made...
- 58 (31 FH, 27 BH), including 5 runaround FHs
- 13 Errors, comprising...
- 5 Unforced (3 FH, 2 BH)
- 8 Forced (4 FH, 4 BH)
- Return Rate (58/76) 76%

Federer made...
- 55 (27 FH, 28 BH), including 5 runaround FHs and 1 return-approach
- 10 Errors, comprising...
- 4 Unforced (3 FH, 1 BH)
- 6 Forced (3 FH, 3 BH)
- Return Rate (55/69) 80%

Break Points
Djokovic 6/10 (6 games)
Federer 4/6 (5 games)
 

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Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Djokovic 13 (7 FH, 2 BH, 3 FHV, 1 OH)
Federer 15 (7 FH, 1 FHV, 6 BHV, 1 OH)

Djokovic's FHs - 2 cc (1 pass), 4 inside-out and 1 inside-in
- BHs - 2 cc (1 pass)

Federer's FHs - 3 cc (2 passes), 3 inside-out and 1 inside-in

- 1 BHV was a first volley off a serve-volley point. 2 others were drops
- the FHV was a drop

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Djokovic 30
- 25 Unforced (13 FH, 11 BH, 1 BHV)
- 5 Forced (1 FH, 4 BH)
Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 43.6

Federer 55
- 42 Unforced (30 FH, 9 BH, 1 FHV, 2 BHV)
- 13 Forced (7 FH, 4 BH, 1 FH1/2V, 1 Other)
Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 43.8


(Note 0: Federer's 'other' FE was an over-the-shoulder with back-to-the-net attempt to retrieve a lob from the baseline)

(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 a measure of how aggressive of intent the average UE made was. 60 is maximum, 20 is minimum. This match has been scored using a four point scale - 2 defensive, 4 neutral, 5 attacking, 6 winner attempt)
 
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Net Points & Serve-Volley
Djokovic was...
- 11/14 (79%) at net

Federer was...
- 12/20 (60%) at net, including...
- 1/2 serve-volleying, comprising...

- 0/1 off 1st serve and...
- 1/1 off 2nd serve
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- 1/1 return-approaching
- 0/1 forced back

Match Report
This match is known for Roger Federer smashing a racquet in frustration and expressing his relief that the hard court season was over. The way he played, breaking just 1 racquet shows restraint.... the story of this match is Federer playing atrociously

42 unforced errors in play (Djokovic 25), along with 8 on serve and return. Basically, he gifted Djokovic 50/86 points or 58% of the points won by the winner

Its a typically slow Miami court (where errors tend to be high) and its windy (both players are fairly conservative in their shots, UEFI 43.6 and 43.8 respectively)… but even so, Federer's showing is one for the ages

The match starts brightly enough. Both players send down aces and unreturned serves early, both come to net relatively often (8 times each in the first set) and Federer hits a number of fine winners. He gains the break in game 4 courtesy of 4 Djoko errors. The pair exchange breaks later on and Fed takes the set 6-3.

6 winners to 8 errors for the Swiss in the set, with 0 errors of his sometimes fragile BH wing. Djokovic has 5 winners and 12 errors.... good numbers for a slow court.

Even the second set starts brightly. Djoko holds with a pair of net winners and 2 unreturned serves and then breaks with some attacking play. Then the horror show starts - initially, both players are active parties in it - and it doesn't stop til the end (by which time its just Federer flying the flag)

Their are 28 unforced errors (Fed 17, Djoko 11) in the last 41 points of the set (including double faults and return errors).

Djokovic wins 7 games in a row. At a stretch, he wins 28/35 points... 23 of them due to Federer's unforced errors (16 of them FHs)…. its astonishingly poor tennis

Play is fairly passive. Mostly baseline-to-baseline with neither player looking to attack or open the court much. Djoko is more consistent in putting the ball in play, which is all he needs to do to fish out errors. His groundies are adequate.... not particularly deep or powerful or even consistent, but more than enough given the opposition. Serving to go up 4-0, Djoko lets Federer off the hook a bit with 2 double faults and a mindless attempted drop shot error (why play drops shots when your opponent is making errors galore from the baseline?) to be broken. But things only improve slightly from Federer and Djoko comfortably nurses his 1 break advantage to the finish line

Summing up, adequate from Djokovic, who is reasonably solid in windy conditions.... but the story of the match is Federer playing horrendously
 
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