In our look at the ATP Matchfacts at the two-month mark of the 2015 tennis season, we examine the first serve winning percentage leaders.
It’s no shock that power servers Ivo Karlovic and Milos Raonic lead the way at No. 1 and 2, respectively. But it does come as a surprise that Roger Federer is third on the list winning 81% of his first service points. The Swiss is ahead of towers Sam Querrey, Tomas Berdych and even Kevin Anderson in terms of backing up his first serve. That’s pretty good for a 33-year-old who in this era of big men stands just 6’1″.
And Federer’s never finished a season in the 80% range of that category. In fact, his career average in terms of first serve points won percentage is 77%, so is Federer serving better now than ever?
Among the Big 4, Novak Djokovic is 76%, Andy Murray is 74% and Rafael Nadal is 72%.
As expected, at the bottom we find claycourters Pablo Andujar, Fabio Fognini and Juan Monaco who don’t rely on their first serve to win points like the bigger guys.
Note: John Isner is at 83% but doesn’t qualify for the leaderboard with just six ATP matches played in 2015.
|ATP First Serve Pts Won %|
As of March 9, 2015
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