Match Stats/Report - Federer vs Davydenko, Hamburg semi-final, 2005


Hall of Fame
Roger Federer beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 in the Hamburg semi-final, 2005 on clay

Federer would go onto beat Richard Gasquet in the final to defend his title. Davydenko was seeded 15th

Federer won 62 points, Davydenko 47

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (38/62) 61%
- 1st serve points won (26/38) 68%
- 2nd serve points won (16/24) 67%
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (16/62) 26%

- 1st serve percentage (30/47) 64%
- 1st serve points won (17/30) 57%
- 2nd serve points won (10/17) 59%
- Double Faults 2
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (7/47) 15%

Serve Pattern
Federer served...
- to FH 42%
- to BH 58%

Davydenko served...
- to FH 33%
- to BH 64%
- to Body 2%

Return Stats
Federer made...
- 38 (12 FH, 26 BH), including 2 return-approaches & 1 drop-return
- 7 Errors, comprising...
- 4 Unforced (2 FH, 2 BH)
- 3 Forced (2 FH, 1 BH)
- Return Rate (38/45) 84%

Davydenko made...
- 46 (21 FH, 25 BH)
- 1 Winner (1 BH)
- 16 Errors, comprising...
- 6 Unforced (2 FH, 4 BH)
- 10 Forced (3 FH, 7 BH)
- Return Rate (46/62) 74%

Break Points
Federer 3/3
Davydenko 1/6 (3 games)

Winners (including returns, excluding aces)
Federer 21 (8 FH, 7 BH, 1 FHV, 3 BHV, 2 OH)
Davydenko 15 (8 FH, 6 BH, 1 FHV)

Federer's FHs - 2 cc (1 pass), 1 cc/inside-in, 2 dtl, 1 inside-out, 1 inside-in/longline and 1 longline
- BHs - 3 cc (2 passes), 1 dtl (bad bounce related) and 3 drop shots

- 2 from serve-volley points (1 FHV, 1 OH), both second volleys

- 1 other OH was on the bounce

Davydenko's FHs - 1 cc, 4 dtl (1 pass), 1 inside-out, 1 inside-in and 1 inside-in/cc
- BHs - 4 cc (3 passes), 1 dtl return pass and 1 running-down-drop-shot cc pass at net

- the FHV was a swinging, non-net shot

Errors (excluding returns and serves)
Federer 25
- 20 Unforced (17 FH, 3 BH)
- 5 Forced (3 FH, 1 BH, 1 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 49

Davydenko 23
- 12 Unforced (5 FH, 7 BH)
- 11 Forced (7 FH, 4 BH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 47.5

(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...
- 13/20 (65%) at net, including...
- 4/6 (67%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 3/4 (75%) off 1st serve and..
- 1/2 off 2nd serve
- 0/2 return-approaching

Davydenko was 1/4 (25%) at net

Match Report
Excellent, dominatingly attacking display from Federer, who largely doesn't let a hard hitting Davydenko play on a quick-ish clay court. Anything Davy can do, Fed can and does do better (plus first usually) and there are a few things Fed can do that Davy can't

There's an elegant symmetry to basic stats, with both players winning majority of service points and at near identical rate across their 2 serves

Fed wins 68% first serve points and 67% seconds
Davy wins 57% first serve point and 59% seconds

Both players winning bulk of 2nd serve points is indicator of relatively quick conditions (normal for Hamburg) and both players playing well. And despite routine scoreline, break point numbers are close -

- Fed 3/3, Davy 1/6 (3 games)

Basically, Fed converting all his points while thwarting Davy who has same number of chances. That's a good job by Davy, given he's trailing so much on basic stats

Curiously, not a single ace in the match, despite quick-ish conditions. And just 2 doubles (both by Davy)

In play -
- Winners - Fed 21, Davy 15
- UEs - Fed 20, Davy 12
- Errors forced - Fed 11, Davy 5

So Davy actually leading winners/UE differential +3 to +1
When errors forced are thrown in, Fed moves ahead +12 to +8

All indicators of a well played match by both players

Fed's figures are weighed down by a poor start. He's broken to start (3 FH UEs) and is lucky to hold next time of asking, saving 2 break points in a 12 point game (3 more FH UEs). Across his first service games, he misses 9 straight first serves. Throw in another FH UE in Davy's first hold and no winners - 0 winners, 7 UEs (all FHs) and missing 9 first serves in a row

Thereafter, he gets it together and plays at top of his form

Serves strongly, with 2nd serves taking the eye. Good lot of troublingly wide second serves, not far short of first serves of pace. Davy returns firmly, and looks to whack 2nd returns dtl into open court with some success but Fed's usually up to covering the ball

Play is based around hard-hitting starting point, and its Davy who initiates beat-down strong hitting. Fed returns with interest. His BH is about as strong as Davy's and he changes up longline with depth on it to push Davy on defensive. On FH, Fed has the extra whip that Davy with his bashing style, can't match. Davy isn't just 'ball bashing' but goes wide in normal way. Fed goes close to lines to be more attacking still

Its not just hitting and placement advantages for Fed. He throws in some beautiful BH drop shots, with which he has 3 winners. I don't recall Federer using drop shots much 'til about 2009. They're beautifully played, almost indistinguishable from a normal slice of racquet motion

Fed complements his groundstroke offensives with regular trips to net, including serve-volleys. Rallies forward 12 times (winning 9) and serve-volleys a combined 6 times (wins 4). Good, but short of great 65% net points won is down to Davy's powerful passing. He's got 6 winning passes (Fed has same number of volley winners) and no forecourt UEs from Fed. Good job by Davy again, not least in his speed to reach Federer's wide volleys. Some difficult wide and low-ish volleys for Fed to contend with too, and he manages. Just the 1 FE

Davy's only at net 4 times - and Fed cleanly passes him thrice. Not an invitation to come in

Defensively, Fed has significant advantage. Davy hammers ball wide too but Fed's up to whizzing to the ball and putting it back in play. Fed's 11-5 advantage in forcing errors is largely a product of his resisting being forced into error on the defence. Also his attacking shots being wider hit and his coming to net much more (20 to 4). Davy's movements are good, Fed's is outstanding

Finally, Davy has a healthy serve of his own. Fed facilely puts 84% returns back in play

In short - serve, return, FHs, BHs, movements, defence, offence... all good from Davy, all better still from Fed

Match Progression
Down 0-3 after a sloppy start, Fed plays his best tennis. He breaks back, with Davy missing third ball attacking shots to start and finish the game, with Fed throwing in a passing winner and a wide BH winning shot

After holding to love to move ahead, Fed breaks to 15 with 4 winners - a BH drop shot, 2 BHVs and a BH cc pass. He plays an amibitious drop-return cum approach next return game and Davy does very well to come away with a pass winner at net. Fed eventually serves out with a controlled, sliced OH on the bounce from around the service line - a putaway ball, but stylishly done

Very poor game by Davy to be broken to love early in the 2nd. Comfortable holds form there 'til game 8, when Davy launches a counter-attack and has 2 break points. Strong serves see Fed go onto hold and no more issues from there to end of match

Summing up, excellent match despite the routine scoreline. Action is hard hitting at all times and usually springs over to outright attacking. A good, solid showing from Davydenko - solid serve, hefty and selectively attacking returning, strong groundies off both sides which he's not afraid to go wide with, excellent passes and all supported by good movement. Could be a winners description. It isn't because Federer does all of the above even better - and throws in a few extra things (drop shots, serve-volley, outstanding defence) to boot

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