Brief Introduction to Tennis Stats
Wins and losses are really the only stats that matter to most players on the ATP and WTA tours. Tennis odds and picks are primarily determined by player records, but there are other stats that can be considered to set tennis odds.
Tennis matches are usually three sets (five for men at the four Grand Slams). Each service point begins with the serve, and the player is awarded an ace if their serve is unreturned.
Other important tennis stats include service games won, first-serve percentage, second-serve return points won, and break points converted.
Understanding Tennis Stats
Generally, a player who has the ability to hit so many aces should be among the best players in the world, but this isn’t always the case. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, for instance, aren’t known for their power but instead for their agility and finesse. Federer has averaged around eight aces per match throughout his career. John Isner, a good but lesser-known player, has averaged 18 throughout his career.
First-serve percentage is another useful stat that counts the percentage of a player’s first serve that was successfully hit into the opponent’s box. A good first-serve percentage means a player avoids unnecessary stress with second serves. Most players fall in the 60-70 percent range.
Service games won is an indicator of a player’s ability to win when holding serve. The best players in the world usually lead this category and hover around the 90 percent mark. Break points converted, meanwhile, shows players who can rise to the challenge and pressure their opponent by winning non-service games. Nadal is the all-time leader at 44.95 percent.
Other stats in tennis include serving, and receiving points won, forced winners, forced and unforced errors, breakpoint saves, tiebreaks won, and deuce points won. Serve speed, and other metrics are also tracked.
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