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  1. toot
    toot April 24, 2013 at 2:09 am |

    Interesting analysis of those stats Jose. One thing I noticed in so many write-ups about the match is everybody raving about the Djokovic return of serve, using superlatives that were (IMO) over the top – I mean, best returner in tennis history??? Yet your stats show he won hardly any Key Points on Rafa’s serve, correct?

    I also liked one of the points you made in summary – “the “winner” stat on its own does not give us an accurate portrayal of the aggression of a given player. Rafael Nadal might be the player who is most frequently misunderstood because of this phenomenon.” I’ve long complained that the media doesn’t give Rafa his due. Invariable when Federer wins it’s because of his brilliance and Djoker is quickly getting similar treatment while Rafa wins because his opponents have bad days (which is, of course, ridiculous and not true). Rafa also doesn’t get credit for being such an intelligent tennis player. He’s not just a baseline grinder who wins just because of his athleticism, he wins because he’s so smart and he creates and sets up points, playing amazing defense when necessary to get himself into a position to hit a sizzling aggressive winner. All these stats you’re playing with might finally provide some facts to prove my contention. :)

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  3. Rinku
    Rinku May 3, 2013 at 1:56 am |

    But is nadal capable of these improvements?
    Or Novak is too good and has no weakness.
    I think if nadal has to win then he shd improve
    His backhand and 2nd serve. Then he is somewhat
    Level with Novak. What do u think Juan?

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