In our look at the ATP Matchfacts at the two-month mark of the 2015 tennis season, we examine the players who are best at returning second serves. In this category we do find a good mix of players, ranging from claycourters who grind out long points after getting the serve back to power players who attack a week second offering.
But it is a surprise that big man Tomas Berdych leads is in this one winning a tour-best 60% of second serve returns. That’s ahead of No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Rafael Nadal and No. 5 David Ferrer who are all considered among the best returners. But you never hear Tomas’s name in the category. Maybe you should.
Berdych finished fifth in this category last year, and his career average is a respectable 52%, equal to Andy Murray’s.
Speaking of Murray, he ranks just outside the Top 10 at No. 11 winning 54%. And Roger Federer is 16th at 52%.
|ATP Second Serve Return Pts Won %|
As of March 9, 2015
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