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At 0/30, Don't Worry, Be Happy… If You Serve Like Isner Or Delpo

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019

At 0/30, Don’t Worry, Be Happy… If You Serve Like Isner Or Delpo

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers shows how the best recover from 0/30 down

Almost seven thousand times last season, players in the Top 100 found themselves down 0/30 when serving. On average, only the Top 10 found a way to win more service games than they lost from this precarious position.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the Top 100 from the 2018 season identifies that only 18 players won more than 50 per cent of their service games from 0/30, with eight of those players being ranked in the Top 10 and the remaining 10 spread throughout the rest of the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings.

This is a normally invisible insight into what separates players at different levels of our sport. Getting into a 0/30 hole is inevitable no matter your ranking. Getting out of it is typically done by only those at the top of the tree.

The Top 10 averaged holding serve 52 per cent (437/836) of the time, which was more than 10 percentage points higher than the rest of the Top 100.

Top 10 vs 11-100: Holding Serve From 0/30
Top 10 = 52% (437/836)
Rest of the Top 100 = 41% (2490/6019)

There is a clear divide in the success rate of holding from 0/30 from players in the Top 10 compared to the rest of the Top 100. Performance gets a little closer when you compare Top 20 to the rest of the Top 100, but a seven percentage-point gap still exists.

Holding from 0/30
Top 20 = 48% (819/1692)
Rest of Top 100 = 41% (2108/5163)

Things get closer still when you cut the sample size in half.

Holding from 0/30
1-50 = 44% (1860/4208)
51-100 = 40% (1067/2647)

The Best At Holding From 0/30

Year-End 2018 ATP Ranking


Percentage Holding From 0/30 In 2018

No. 10

John Isner

69.5% (41/59)

No. 18

Milos Raonic

64% (32/50)

No. 60

Marius Copil 

63.3% (31/49)

No. 14

Kyle Edmund

63.1% (53/84)

No. 5

Juan Martin del Potro

62.80% (49/78)

John Isner, who returns to action next week at the New York Open, came back nearly 70 per cent of the time, while Novak Djokovic was the best performer of the Big Three holding from 0/30.

N. Djokovic 53.9% (48/89)
R. Federer 52.5% (32/61)
R. Nadal 48.7% (37/76)

Who Faced 0/30 The Most In 2018

Year-End 2018 ATP Ranking


Times Fell Down 0/30 While Serving In 2018

No. 47

Damir Dzumhur


No. 13

Fabio Fognini


No. 42

Adrian Mannarino


No. 4

Alexander Zverev


No. 27

Denis Shapovalov


No. 17

Diego Schwartzman


The good news is that this is an area of the game that can be improved by directly replicating the scenario on the practice court. Go play a practice set where both players start their service games at 0/30. If you can hold half of the time, you know you are on par with the players at the elite level of our sport.

2018 Season: Top 100 Players Holding from 0/30


Points Won from 0/30

Total Points from 0/30

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Boulter survives scare to put GB ahead v Greece in Fed Cup

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019
Fed Cup: Group I Europe/Africa Zone
Venue: University of Bath Dates: 6-9 February 2019
Coverage: BBC website will have live text commentaries on selected GB matches (GB sessions start at 16:30 GMT on Wed-Fri).

British number two Katie Boulter survived a scare to beat Greece’s Valentini Grammatikopoulou and continue the hosts’ winning start to their round-robin Fed Cup group.

Boulter, 22, dropped the second set against the world number 171 but composed herself in the third to win 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Johanna Konta faces Maria Sakkari next on Thursday, before a doubles rubber.

A Konta win would clinch the tie for GB, who beat Slovenia 3-0 on Wednesday.

“That was a little bit dramatic,” Boulter said. “I put absolutely everything on the line there. I am a fighter.”

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An initially-calm Boulter looked assured in the first set, breaking Grammatikopoulou’s serve twice, but the Greek 21-year-old fought back, showing more aggression to clinch a tight second set.

Boulter appeared unsettled after the umpire controversially overruled a line judge’s call when the Greek player was serving for the second set. The home fans thought the ball had landed out, which would have handed Boulter two break-back points.

However, backed by a lively sold-out crowd of 1,800 at the University of Bath, as GB play on home soil this week or the first time in 26 years, she recovered her form as the match entered a third hour.

“If it wasn’t for you guys, I don’t know if the result would have been the same,” Boulter told fans.

Ultimately, a gutsy victory continued Boulter’s 100% record in Fed Cup tennis and kept Anne Keothavong’s side on course to top Group A.

How can Great Britain reach the World Group?

Having been outside the top two tiers since 1993, GB are bidding to reach the World Group II play-offs for a third consecutive campaign.

There are eight teams – split into two groups – taking part in the Europe/Africa event in Somerset until Saturday, when the group winners will meet to decide who progresses to April’s play-off event to fight for promotion to the second tier.

From Group B, either Croatia or Serbia – who meet on Friday – will be involved in Saturday’s decider, after they both won again on Thursday to make it two wins from two.

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What's Shapovalov's Top Priority?

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019

What’s Shapovalov’s Top Priority?

World No. 25 trying to lift maiden trophy in Montpellier

#NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov is just 19 years old, but he has already accomplished plenty in his career. The World No. 25 is the youngest player in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, he has reached two ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals, won nearly $2.5 million in prize money and more.

But after advancing to the quarter-finals of the Open Sud de France on Thursday, the teenager admitted his sights are set on one goal for now.

“Definitely winning an ATP title is my first priority, my biggest priority,” Shapovalov said. “It’s something me and my team are working very hard towards and I think it’s definitely achievable if I’m playing really good tennis and if all the stars align. That’s definitely the first goal.”

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While Shapovalov has won 40 tour-level matches since the start of 2018, he is not just waiting to lift his first trophy, but also to make his first final. The Canadian has proven his level, earning seven victories against opposition inside the Top 20. But he is still pushing for his first tournament triumph.

“Honestly I’m just trying to enjoy myself. Just putting the work in every day, trying to get better, so that a couple years down the road I can really [compete] to win majors and push these top guys out hopefully once and for all,” Shapovalov said, cracking a laugh. “At the end of the day, I just [want to] enjoy myself. It’s a fun journey. It’s been a long one, but I definitely have a lot of years ahead of me so I’m trying to just enjoy my time around here.”

Shapovalov was one of five #NextGenATP players to reach the third round of the Australian Open. He took particular inspiration from watching Stefanos Tsitsipas battle to his maiden major semi-final, while Frances Tiafoe advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

“It’s always great to see the young guys doing well and Frances, in particular. He’s a really good buddy of mine. He’s got such a great heart, such a good personality. I was texting him after every match, just so pumped to see him doing well,” Shapovalov said. “It’s definitely motivating to see these guys doing well. It shows you that I’m right there with them. I’ve beaten both these guys and I know my game is capable to be with these guys.”

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A reporter in Bulgaria asked Shapovalov whether he believes he can crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings. While Shapovalov’s short-term goal is to win his first title, that may be the next step in his progression.

“I think with my game, I do have the potential to get there,” Shapovalov said after a pause. “I believe in myself that I’m able to actually get there, maybe even this year. But honestly I think I just have to go at my own pace.”

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Medvedev Moves Past Haase Challenge In Sofia

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019

Medvedev Moves Past Haase Challenge In Sofia

Verdasco battles past 2018 finalist Copil

Daniil Medvedev overcame an early deficit to defeat Dutch No.1 Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday, reaching the quarter-finals of the Sofia Open.

The Russian did not face a break point in the final two sets, finding his best tennis to beat the World No. 54 in one hour and 35 minutes. Medvedev is into his second quarter-final of the season, as the World No. 16 began his year by reaching the Brisbane final ( Nishikori).

Playing indoors treated Medvedev well last year, as the Russian claimed his first ATP 500 title in Tokyo. He was second on the ATP Tour in victories indoors, triumphing 17 times. The third seed will next face Slovak Martin Klizan, who ousted German Daniel Brands 7-6(5), 6-4.

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Sixth seed Fernando Verdasco also was forced to battle in his first match of the tournament, eventually moving past 2018 finalist Marius Copil 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

The Spaniard, who is pursuing his first tour-level title since 2016 in Bucharest, is into his first quarter-final of the season. Verdasco will next face Italian Matteo Berrettini, who ousted top seed Karen Khachanov in the second round. It will be the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

In 2018, Verdasco won four of his five quarter-finals, advancing to the final in Rio de Janeiro.

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Medvedev is fresh off his first trip to the fourth round of a major, as he reached the Round of 16 at the Australian Open. While the Russian lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets, he was one of just two players (also Shapovalov) who took a set from the eventual champion.

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Shapovalov Shines On Serve In Montpellier

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019

Shapovalov Shines On Serve In Montpellier

Canadian does not face break point in straight-sets win

Denis Shapovalov got his campaign at the Open Sud de France off to a good start on Thursday, defeating Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6(1) to advance to the quarter-finals.

“Today was a really good match,” said Montpellier debutant Shapovalov on court after the match. “I think we were both serving well. It was tough to get a rhythm, but I’m very happy how I managed to play at the end.”

The #NextGenATP Canadian did not face break point and won 30 of 33 first-serve points in his one-hour, 22-minute victory. Once in rallies, Shapovalov had the match on his racquet, and his heavier weight of shot proved decisive on the big points.

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The 19-year-old hopes to maintain the momentum he gathered at the start of the year in France, as he was one of three teenagers to reach the third round of the Australian Open. While Shapovalov lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the Canadian was one of just two players to take a set from the eventual champion (also Medvedev).

The third-seeded wild card, who lost in the doubles quarter-finals with home favourite Hugo Nys on Wednesday, will next face seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert or Ilya Ivashka.

“It’s definitely [going to be] tough either way,” Shapovalov said. “I’m ready for a battle.”

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Shapovalov is pursuing his maiden ATP Tour final and title this week. The World No. 25 advanced to the semi-finals in Delray Beach, Madrid and Tokyo last year.

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Tsitsipas On Beating Federer: 'My Brain Was Exploding'

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019

Tsitsipas On Beating Federer: ‘My Brain Was Exploding’

Second seed looks to continue strong start to 2019 season

Stefanos Tsitsipas is back at the Sofia Open, and my how things have changed. Two years ago, Tsitsipas, with a baby face but the same free-flowing one-handed backhand, lost in the first round of qualifying to Serbian Miljan Zekic, then-No. 209 in the ATP Rankings.

Tsitsipas was No. 203. On Thursday, the second seed will make his main-draw debut in Bulgaria. He has lost the baby face and trimmed exactly 191 spots off his ATP Ranking.

“I had a lot of defeats… Obviously, it was one of those matches that I had to learn from. Because I do believe that with my losses I learn a lot and this is how I develop as a player. I had to lose many times to understand the game better and what I have to do,” Tsitsipas said.

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“With certain situations, I would say I go more experienced and I know what to expect next. I get a better understanding for the game and the hard work and the attitude to come back on the court for practice and to push myself more.”

His work ethic showed at the Australian Open, where the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion upset Roger Federer in the fourth round en route to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final. Tsitsipas fell to Rafael Nadal in the last four, but less than a month into the season, he already had checked off one of his three 2019 goals by reaching the semi-finals of a Slam.

“It was like a dream come true. After that match, I felt like my brain was exploding. It was a magical moment that I will never forget. The first time is always special. Beating your idol,” Tsitsipas said of beating Federer. “Obviously, next time, when we face again, it is going to be different. He will know what to expect. And I have to be more prepared for that. I like to play this kind of players. You can learn a lot of things. Even when I win, I still can learn a lot of things from them. These are the moments I am playing tennis for.”

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Tsitsipas didn’t lie on the couch for a week, resting or sulking about his semi-final loss to No. 2 Nadal. He took a couple days off and then returned to practice. He admits he’s still feeling the effects of his six-match-stay in Melbourne.

I am not on 100 per cent recovered from the last tournament. But I know with my will and my determination at work I still have a lot of chances of doing well here. I like to enter the tournament with light expectations and not to expect too much from myself. I think if things go well it will be fantastic,” he said.

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His maiden ATP Tour title came on indoor courts in Europe. In October, Greece’s #NextGenATP star beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis to win the Intrum Stockholm Open. Despite still feeling sore, Tsitsipas remains motivated to do well in Sofia, and the next time he meets a Top 10 player across the net.

For sure I am practising for these moments. I really want badly to beat Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer, and Marin, and whoever else in the future. Because, as I said previously, these players will make me a better player, and I will know how to deal with certain situations much better,” Tsitsipas said.

[Against Nadal], I knew it was a big chance and I could potentially make the final. I thought I was playing really well, I really wanted to take the best from this tournament. I felt disappointed that I had to leave the tournament by losing an easy match for him, I would say. But I am going to try to change this and improve to avoid this kind of situations.”

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Londero, Cachin Fly The Argentine Flag In Cordoba

  • Posted: Feb 07, 2019

Londero, Cachin Fly The Argentine Flag In Cordoba

Fognini, Cecchinato, Schwartzman to debut on Thursday

Argentines ruled another day at the inaugural Cordoba Open on Wednesday, winning five of the six matches contested. The only match players from the home country lost was a doubles match between four Argentines.

Wild card Juan Ignacio Londero kicked off the flag-flying day on Cancha Central, beating Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-3 to reach his first ATP Tour quarter-final. Londero, playing at a career-high No. 112 in the ATP Rankings, was 0-3 in tour-level matches before this week.

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But he’s yet to lose his serve in Cordoba. He saved all five break points for the second consecutive match. View Match Stats

The 25-year-old will face countryman Pedro Cachin for a place in the semi-finals. The 23-year-old qualifier also advanced to his first quarter-final when fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain retired up 7-6(3), 0-1. Cachin, like Londero, was winless at tour-level (0-2) before Cordoba.

In doubles, top seeds Maximo Gonzalez/Horacio Zeballos beat Guido Andreozzi/Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-1 in the all-Argentine clash. Fourth seeds Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and American Jamie Cerretani fell to Belgians Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen 7-5, 7-6(5).

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Third seeds Roman Jebavy/Andres Molteni avoided an upset, overcoming Nicolas Jarry/Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4. But second seeds Marcelo Demoliner/Frederik Nielsen were not as fortunate, falling to Argentine wild cards Facundo Bagnis/Guillermo Duran 6-3, 6-4.

On Thursday, the top three singles seeds – Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato and Diego Schwartzman – are all scheduled to begin their quest for the ATP Tour 250 title.

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