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September 23, 2012

Whose Serve is Most Effective?

It's easy to rate servers by total aces. But how accurate is that? 

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How Many Miles do Tennis Players Run?

Among the stats that are sporadically and randomly fed to fans from the Hawk Eye line-calling camera system, is how far players run. Numbers vary from 600 feet to win a lop-sided set on a fast court, to over 5 miles in a tough, five-setter with long rallies. (Updated Jan 25, 2013)

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September 22, 2012

Comparing Rafael Nadal's Pace With Roger Federer's

Side by side video shows how much tennis gets played in a Fed match, while Nadal, well you know .... Good news is, you get to see Rafa's point replayed three times while Fed plays three, new points. 

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September 16, 2012

How Ball Compresses on Tennis Pros' Rackets

Here are three photos that show what happens to a tennis ball when it is struck by a pro's tennis racket. The first one surfaced when I was browsing some old photos of mine. I did a quick crop around the racket. The second is a vidcap I took from a great slow motion video on Tennisplayer.net, a paid web site. Look closely to see how much the ball is compressed in both. 

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September 11, 2012

Murray - Djokovic US Open Final by The Numbers (Video 56 shot rally)

Here is a quick take on what stats stood out to me, from yesterdays US Open men's final where Andy Murray won his first, major title by dethroning Novak Djokovic. Scroll forward to 4:50 min in the embeded video to 3-2/15-15 for the start of a 56-shot rally. If you watch that, you've pretty much seen every point in the nearly-five-hour match. 

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