A statistical analysis of Rafael Nadal’s matches against Phillip Kohlschreiber and Grigor Dimitrov, as well as of his dominance in Monte Carlo.
Live Analysis of the Novak Djokovic vs. Grigor Dimitrov Third Round match at the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
The first day of a Grand Slam is always the most hectic, but we kept our eyes peeled for as many noteworthy events as possible. Here’s what we learned.
A few days ago, when Grigor Dimitrov beat Milos Raonic, the stat that was making the rounds was this: Dimitrov had managed to win all 26 points played on his first serve. What was my first reaction? Make fun of Milos Raonic, one of the worst returners of serve on the ATP. The Canadian is, after all, the man who failed to break Juan Mónaco’s serve over five sets at Roland Garros last year (think about that “feat” for a second. #neverforget). However, when Dimitrov rolled over Jürgen Melzer and lost just six of the 39 points played on his first serve – 85% – I started wondering if the Bulgarian’s incredible serving stats were not so much a result of facing poor returners, but of an improvement in his serve.
That’s it folks. No more ATP tennis for 2012. Challengers and exhibitions only. Having withdrawal symptoms already? Well, I’m here to help. I had fun looking back at the under-the-radar moments from the WTA season a couple of weeks ago, and so now I want to bring you 10 things about the ATP season that might have already slipped your mind.