Djokovic completely neutralized the update of Nadal with a tennis perfection



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Novak Djokovic was in the classroom after last year's Roland Garros. Photo: Reuters

Rafael Nadal Last season, following the example of many years before, he finished early – the body gave to the semifinals of New York. His team then turned to the ATP leadership with an unusual request – they wanted a statistical analysis of Nadal's games, especially in the desire to find the element they are left behind. Good statistics highlighted the service.


Rafael Nadal made a breakthrough in the service but he was totally helpless in the final. Photo: Reuters

This was never Spain's strongest weapon. But more than the number (or percentage) of aces or the speed of their service, it was important to realize that Nadal's service during the flight was seriously lost in speed. When the ball hit the opposite field, it was 27% slower than when it hit Nadal's racket. Novak Djokovic lost only 15% of the speed in this element, Roger Federer but only 12.

Nadal has successfully corrected his initial attack, since his shots are on average faster, making him more likely to find himself in a favorable position when he starts to weave his net. That means ending your games more quickly and indirectly decreases your body. His statistics in Melbourne were scary for the finals – he only missed two games for his service (twice in the first round) with the first service, he reached up to 81 percentage points. And then came the finals and Novak Djokovic …

Nadal's Statistics For the finals Finale
so 6.5 3.0
first service 69.4% 64.4%
point to the first service 80.9% 51.1%
Break opportunities 11 1
winners 33 21
untrusted errors 19 28

Notes: The numbers in the middle column (For finals) are the average of Nadal in the first six games, and in the last column his statistics in the final against Đoković.

The Spaniard's kick was only slightly less precise than the way to the final but much less effective, earning almost 30 percentage points less on his first serve. Djokovic has already gained the status of best paying service, in the Melbourne finals this status has only been confirmed. With his incredible anticipation, he completely overcame the effect of Nadal's service progress.


Novak Djokovic is approaching number 20. Photo: Reuters

Not only did he ruin, Djokovic played impeccable sneakers. In the first set, he lost only one point for his service, while throughout the match, Nadal only allowed an opportunity for a break (previously the Spaniard averaged 11 in a duel). Nadal was visibly nervous after three games. Djokovic's returnees were computer-specific, which turned out to be a riskier game with some unseen mistakes.

When Djokovic believes in himself, he is crazy for self-confidence, so practically unbeatable. In Melbourne, the jump occurred after the round of 16, where after much pain, however, Danilo Medvedev's resistance hit. Perhaps this is more reflected in the proportion of winners and unreliable mistakes.

Statistics The first eighth round of the final End of the quarterfinals
winners 33.5 24.0
untrusted errors 33.3 7.7
Difference 0.2 16.3

Note: The figures given are on average (for the first four games and the last three).

Grand Slam after Wimbledon 2003

20: Federer
17: Nadal
15: Djokovic
3: Murray
3: Wawrinka
1: Cilic
1: del Potro
1: Gaudio
1: Roddick
1: Safin

Djokovic is also a story about small details that can bring about rapid changes. We only remember Paris in 2016 when he completed the Grand Slam career and at the same time was the champion of the four Grand Slams. The peak of the career, which quickly turned into a free fall of two years. Returning Mariana Vajde meant that the enigma had once again received the old image, the old potential, and the old victories. Djokovic is among the players who are capable of long series. In Melbourne, he was looking forward to the third consecutive Grand Slam and for the third time in his career, he got those kind of three. Only Federer has two sets of three consecutive straw in the opening season.

The Grand Slam charts are now: Federer (20), Nadal (17), Djokovic (15). After the last three, Serb has significantly reduced Federer's backlog, with his actions to end his career in Switzerland growing. What is just one of the additional motivations to monitor the continuation of this tennis season and all of the following …

PS: Seven years ago, in the fantastic introduction of the blog "The Best Player of the Times", Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will win 52 Grand Slams in his blog (the predecessors of this column). Now they are really in this number and nothing shows they will stop at it

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