The numbers back up David Ferrer’s title as one of the premier returners in the sport of tennis. This season, the Spaniard is tops in return games winning 36%, or just over a third of his return games.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray rank just below. And 8th is Novak Djokovic followed by the underrated returner Tomas Berdych.
Is the fact Federer ranks so high a surprise? He is, after all, right now ahead of both Djokovic and Murray. The Swiss is winning 35% of his return games this year, that’s way above his 2014 mark of 26% and his career average of 27%. But the upcoming clay and grass seasons will probably temper those numbers for Roger.
At the bottom we find the real surprise, that Canadian ace Milos Raonic is statistically the worst returner of server in the game this year at just 11%. That’s worse than Ivo Karlovic who is at 13%!
Unfortunately for Raonic, 11% is well below his 16% average a year ago and his career level of 15%. Meanwhile, Karlovic has raised his returns 4% this season off his career average of 9%. And no surprise, the Croat is having one of his best starts to a season.
Note: John Isner who doesn’t have enough matches to qualify for this leaderboard has won just 6% of his return games, 5% below his career 11% average.
|ATP Return Games Won %|
As of March 9, 2015
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