Rafael Nadal Performs Better Than the Big Servers in This Serve Stat

November 24, 2020 9:10 pm

With the 2020 ATP season having ended in the best possible way, the only factor missing was the passionate spectators in the stadiums. Despite the truncated tour because of the coronavirus pandemic, the highlight of the year undoubtedly was Rafael Nadal lifting the Roland Garros title for a record 13th time in his career.

Recently, an interesting statistic made the rounds which revealed the second-serve points winning percentage of the players on the ATP tour. The insight only listed the top ten players with the highest 2nd serve points winning percentage with the sole condition of having played at least 10 matches during the season.

Recently crowned ATP Nitto Finals champion, Daniil Medvedev found himself on the eight position, having won 54.8% of the points on his second serve. The Russian served impeccably well, especially during the last two tournaments of the season, and also won the Rolex Paris Masters.

Rafael Nadal grabs the top spot

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, was on the top of the list, winning a whopping 57.79% of the points on his second serve. Having a relatively less powerful second serve than his arch-rivals, Nadal’s tactical prowess and impenetrable game from the baseline landed him the top spot.

Making a huge decision by withdrawing from the US Open, the Spaniard backed his chances on clay and thrashed Novak Djokovic in the French Open final despite the unfavourable conditions this year. In the final, Nadal won an astonishing 68% of the points of his second serve and bagel’d Djokovic in the opening set.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

However, the biggest surprise was Djokovic’s omission from the list. Being of the best servers in the game, Djokovic won 52.9% of the points on his second serve. The Serbian won the Australian Open for a record 8th time in his career but had an infamous exit from the US Open.

The Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas, grabbed the second spot, winning  57.19% of the points on his second serve, slightly behind Nadal. Matteo Berrettini and Roberto Bautista Agut clinched the third and the fourth spot, respectively.

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