BREAK POINTS AT THE 2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Updated: May 30, 2020
Given the name of our company, we figured it may be a good idea to actually talk about break points in tennis!
We here at Break Point Tennis Analytics wondered, "How often do the men and women convert break point chances?" and, "How do the quarterfinal competitors and the winners of each event compare to the averages?"
2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TOURNAMENT AVERAGES
This data is eye-opening on its own. What it is saying is that the women in 2 out of 3 sets break more times on average than the men who are playing 3 out of 5 sets. Women convert break points 8% more than men do. This clearly highlights the importance of the serve and being able to back up the serve with quality shots. This is one of the few statistics that has a meaningful difference between the men and the women.
TOURNAMENT WINNERS VS. AVERAGES
Both players were above average, but Djokovic was significantly higher at 49%. He is often talked about as the best returner in the game today and these numbers certainly help that claim. He is also above average for first and second serve return points won.
We think this data is very interesting as both the men and women see a significant decrease in the percentage of break points won. This would indicate that the players at the end fo the tournaments have better serves or are able to fend off break points more effectively. This also makes Djokovic and Kenin's numbers that much more impressive as they are both way above the quarterfinals onward averages.
These numbers clearly highlight the importance of being able to serve and return well under pressure. As the tournaments progress, the number of break opportunities goes down, so you must make the most of them.
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