Are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Hiding the Use of Big Data Analysis?

Published 12/20/2019, 8:51 AM EST

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Tennis has always been a sport of mental and physical strength where the player tries to discover the weaknesses of their opponents. However, with the evolvement of technology, analysing the game of different players have become easier. However, are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal wary to admit the use of technology to improve their strategies?

The big data analytics is helping coaches to hone player performance and is changing how top tennis stars train and play. Earlier, the coaches had to analyse their rivals’ game but now everything is available in just one click. The smart use of data can help a player in preparing for a game and can have a significant impact on a match.


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According to reports, all the top 50 players use big data analytics. While there are players who are more open about the use of statistical data, there are many who are discreet about the same.

Players who are open about using big data analysis

There are players who are more open about using analytics as a tool to improve their game strategy. Novak Djokovic has been one such player who partnered with one of the most famous strategic analyst Craig O’Shannessy. Craig works with different players and federations and has helped Djokovic create the game strategy in many tournaments, analyzing the game patterns of his rivals.


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Alexander Zverev has also revealed that he and his uses statistical data to analyse the game of his opponents. The German said the big data analytics was very helpful for him during the 2018 ATP Finals to know the game pattern of his rivals.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer secretive about using data services?

Federer and Nadal are often very discreet when talking about the use of statistical data for improving their game plan. The Spaniard barely wants to comment on the matter. On the other hand, the Swiss maestro has always stated that he does not usually look too much at that kind of thing since he prefers to focus on his game and on doing well what he knows.


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However, according to the reports of an English media, it was leaked that Roger Federer and his team pay the Premium part of access to Golden Set Analytics (one of the leading tennis data analytics companies for top tennis players). The 20-time Grand Slam champion thus have privileged information of his rivals.

On the other hand, Rafael Nadal’s team say that they use no outside agencies and only the analytical mind of his coach Carlos Moya, who also joined Nadal’s camp in December 2016.


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The data analytics services are very expensive and the players who can afford them can have a competitive advantage over the field, helping the best stay on top of the rankings.


Written by:

Varun Khanna


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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.
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