Return Games Won %: David Ferrer Breaks The Most, But Numbers Show Milos Raonic Is The Worst! [Stats]

by Staff | March 9th, 2015, 1:28 pm

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 %
1 Ferrer, David 36 19
2 Nadal, Rafael 36 14
3 Federer, Roger 35 12
4 Murray, Andy 34 13
5 Mannarino, Adrian 33 14
6 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo 32 15
7 Simon, Gilles 32 15
8 Djokovic, Novak 32 15
9 Berdych, Tomas 30 20
10 Dolgopolov, Alexandr 28 10
67 Groth, Sam 13 11
68 Karlovic, Ivo 13 17
69 Thiem, Dominic 13 8
70 Muller, Gilles 11 16
71 Raonic, Milos 11 14

As of March 9, 2015

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8 Comments for Return Games Won %: David Ferrer Breaks The Most, But Numbers Show Milos Raonic Is The Worst! [Stats]

the DA Says:

Interesting but let’s have a look at this mid-year or towards the end. I know who the top 3 will be.

Margot Says:

the DA: I remember Andy saying IHHO Ferrer had the best ROS.

Hippy Chick Says:

Any news on the IW draw Sean and staff?….

Margot Says:

Hippy: atp is tomorrow, 3pm California time, I think.

the DA Says:

@Margot – Really? Interesting. I have a quote somewhere of David saying he considered Andy to be the best returner. Mutual appreciation society.

calmdownplease Says:

The reason some clay court returners rate so high in all time return stats is partly due to their specialism, clay courts.
IE It’s easier to return on a slow surface.
But Novak and Andy return well on every surface,
fast or slow.

Margot Says:

Sorry Hippy, WTA is today, ATP Wednesday.
Lol DA! Sweet!

jane Says:

that makes sense cdp.

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