Federer d. Roddick 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 Edberg d. Wilander 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 These matches have the highest and the third-highest rates of winners per game that I have counted myself or read about, so far. Let's start with Fed-Roddick. This is the first time, since I started this project, that there have been so few discrepancies in stats. There is no discrepancy between the published stats (e.g., the ATP stats and those published by Reuters at http://uk.reuters.com/article/UK_TENNIS/idUKL2501342520070125); and there is only a minor discrepancy with my own counts of aces, service winners, doubles and other winners when compared the stats displayed throughout the match by ESPN2 (there is one missing point in the coverage). In short, all but one service or non-service winner is accounted for. True, the announcers (Enberg and Carillo) did not keep a running count of aces and service winners; but they provided a running count of total winners, and it was easy to look at my own sheet and see what the ESPN statisticians were adding up, until the missing point in the set 3, game 5 (the opening point, won by Federer). I'm hoping that my counts line up this well with available stats for recent matches generally, though if you've been following my posts you know that so far this is the only match I've done more recent than 1996. Here are some published stats that I did not count myself: Federer served at 50%, Roddick at 63%. There were 128 points. Federer won 83 of them (or 65%). And these I counted myself: Federer had 10 aces, 2 service winners, and 2 doubles. Roddick had 4 aces, 2 service winners, and 2 doubles. (Note that one of Roddick's service winners was shown to be out, by Shot Spot). Federer made 32 winners: 15 FH, 14 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BHV, 0 smashes. Roddick made 5 winners: 2 FH, 0 BH, 0 FHV, 2 BHV, 1 smash. Federer's winners by set: 9, 10, 13 Roddick's winners by set: 2, 1, 2 Federer's ground stroke winners are impressive, but especially for such a brief match. On the other hand, between them Federer and Roddick had just 5 volley winners, and none at all in the second set. Andy had not a single backhand winner, and though that looks terrible, he also had just 2 forehand winners. There were only two service return winners, both forehand returns by Federer of Roddick’s first serve, both in the first set. The first was a baseline-to-baseline winner; the second was a pass. Federer passed Roddick 15 other times, with 5 FH's and 10 BH's. None were lobs. Roddick never passed Federer. (Per Reuters, Federer won 10 of 11 approaches. Roddick won just 9 of 31, or 29%). On his serve at love-2 in the second, down a set and a break, Roddick started coming in like gangbusters, approaching on four straight points and losing them all. (That’s the game where he smashes a forehand from near the net post, back toward the middle of the court, and got a backhand pass from Roger). He then lost two more approaches in the next game. In all but one of these approaches, he got to hit a ground stroke or volley at the net but could not put away the point. I often felt that Roddick was coming in on approaches that bounced too high: hard-struck approaches that might have worked elsewhere but that looked suicidal against Federer. And most of all I felt that Roddick needed to trade some power for better placement on his serve. EDBERG-WILANDER I have only read about this one and would gladly buy the match from anyone who has it. It lasted 1 hour 22 minutes. Edberg served at 80% and “put away 39 volley winners to Wilander’s one” (per the St. Louis Dispatch, LA Times, etc.) To put this in perspective, Federer's rate of non-service winners per game against Roddick is 1.33 -- the same, for example, as Agassi's rate against Wilander at the 1988 FO. Edberg, with 39 winners just from volleys, already has 1.77. That the highest rate of non-service winners per game that I know about, even before his ground strokes are counted. (Edberg's match had the same score at the 1984 Wimbledon final, in which McEnroe hit 25 non-service winners, for a rate of 1.14). I would very much like to confirm Edberg's winner count. If you added aces, then Federer's rate of winners per game goes up to 1.75. Among the matches with stats counted by myself, MooseMalloy and Urban, and other matches with published stats for aces and non-service winners, the only higher rates I know about belong to Edberg-Wilander and the Sampras-Wilander USO match of 1989. The New York Times gave Sampras 12 aces and 72 "placement winners". If that term means only non-service winners (and his aces were all clean aces) then his rate there was 1.87. That's another match I'm looking for. In some of his USO matches later against Agassi (1990, 1995, 2001), Sampras has very high rates, going by published figures, but not higher than Fed's 1.75. And in any case those figures still need service winners subtracted from the total. For that I would still need to watch the matches and do my own stats. Also I would need to note the any discrepancies between my stats and published figures.