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2016 Wimbledon – Day 14

Gentlemen’s Singles Final

Milos Raonic vs. Andy Murray

First Set: Murray 6 – 4 in 41 minutes

Raonic saved a break point in his 2nd service game – with his 2nd serve.  Murray broke on his 2nd break point of the game to take a 4-3 lead.  Raonic faced 3 break points and did not get a 1st serve in play on any of them.  He lost the break on a forehand volley unforced error.  Murray served out the set without facing a break point.

Murray lost 7 points in his 5 service games and had just one service game where he was pushed to deuce.  He hit 75% of his 1st serves in play and won 86% of those points.  He won 3 of his 7 2nd serve points (43%).  Murray had 12 total winners and made 4 unforced errors.  Raonic hit 69% of his 1st serves in play and won 70% of those points.  He won 56% of his 2nd serve points.  Raonic had 9 winners and 6 unforced errors (3 unforced in the 7th game where he lost serve).

Second Set: Murray 7 – 6 (3) in 66 minutes

Raonic saved a break point in the opening game of the set, another at 3-3 and 2 more at 4-4. Murray did not face a break point in the set.  Murray took the tiebreak 7 points to 3.  Murray lost 8 points in 6 service games and a tiebreak.  He won 83% of his 1st serve points and 71% of his 2nd serve points.  Murray had 14 winners and 2 unforced errors in the set.  Raonic had 15 winners and 15 unforced errors.  Raonic won just 64% of his 1st serves and won 76% of his 2nd serve points in the set.  He hit the second fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon – and lost the point as Murray got the serve back and came up with a backhand pass to win the point.

Third Set: Murray 7 – 6 (1) in 61 minutes

Murray faced his first 2 break points on the match in the 5th game of the set – down 15-40 – and held for a 3-2 lead.  Raonic did not face a break point in the set.  Murray won 92% of his 1st serve points (23 of 25) and 46% of his 2nd serve points (6 of 13).  He had 13 winners and 6 unforced errors.  Raonic won 70% of his 1st serves and 73% of his 2nd serves in the set.  He had 15 winners and 8 unforced errors.

Match Summary: Murray 6 – 4, 7 – 6 (3), 7 – 6 (2) in 2 hours 48 minutes

Andy Murray claimed his second Wimbledon title by breaking serve once and playing two very solid tiebreaks.  Raonic came into the match with 50% of his serves not being returned – in this match Murray got 74% of his returns back in play and kept the pressure on Raonic’s serve through the match.  But even with as well as Murray returned, he only broke Raonic once.  The match really turned in the tiebreaks.

Tiebreak Breakdown

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Both players finished with 39 total winners, Raonic had 29 unforced errors, Murray had 12.  Raonic had averaged 23 aces per match coming into the final, against Murray he managed just 8 aces.  Raonic hit 64% of his 1st serves in play, won 67% of those points and won 71% of his 2nd serve points.  Murray hit 67% of his 1st serves in play, won 87% of those points and won 56% of his 2nd serve points.

Notable Wimbledon 2016 Numbers:

  • 0 – Break points faced by Murray in the first 2 sets
  • 1 – Total service breaks in the match
  • 2 – Break points faced by Murray in the 3rd set
  • 74% – Percentage of returns hit back in play by Murray
  • 147 – Speed in mph of Raonic’s fastest serve (2nd fastest ever at Wimbledon)

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July, 9th 2016
11:17
 

2016 Wimbledon – Day 13

Ladies Singles Final
Serena Williams vs. Angelique Kerber

First Set: Williams 7 – 5 in 47 minutes
Kerber saved 3 break points in her first service game to level the set at 1 – 1. Those were the only break points of the set until Kerber served at 5-6, 15-40. Williams finally broke on her 5th break point of the set to take the set 7 – 5.

Williams was the aggressor with 24 total winners and 14 unforced errors – Kerber had 6 winners and 5 unforced. Serena dominated with her 1st serve (88% won with 8 aces) and struggled when she had to hit a 2nd serve (38% won). She did not face a break point. Kerber was solid winning 60% of her 1st serves and 65% of her 2nd serves but just gave Williams too many chances to break.

Second Set: Williams 6 – 3 in 34 minutes
There were only 2 break points in the 2nd set, Williams saved hers with a 117 mph ace and held for a 4-3 lead. Kerber lost hers on a backhand unforced error and gave Williams a 5-3 lead. Williams served it out to take the title.

Williams won 89% of her 1st serves (17 of 19) and again struggled on 2nd serve (40% won – 4 of 10). She fired in 5 aces, had 15 total winners and 7 unforced errors. Kerber had 6 winners, 4 unforced errors and held 3 of her 4 service games.

Match Summary: Williams 7 – 5, 6 – 3 in 1 hour 21 minutes.
Williams once again showed she has the best 1st serve in women’s tennis. She fired in 13 aces, powered in a serve at 124 mph (the fastest of the tournament), and won 88% of her 1st serves (38 of 43). She struggled on 2nd serve (39% won) but still faced just 1 break point. One key to that was she hit 65% of her 1st serves in play, not giving Kerber too many looks at her 2nd serve. Serena finished with 39 total winners and 21 unforced errors.

Kerber actually won more on her 2nd serve than on her 1st serve – 59% 1st serves won – 68% 2nd serves won. She held 8 of her 10 service games saving 4 of the 6 break points she faced but 1 break per set was all it took for Serena to take the victory. Kerber had 12 winners and 9 unforced errors.

30-30 and Deuce points played a big factor as well in the match. Serena faced 30-30 or Deuce on her serve 5 times and won 4 – giving up just 1 break chance. Kerber faced 30-30 or Deuce on her serve 8 times and gave up 4 break chances to Serena.

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Notable Wimbledon 2016 Numbers:
• 0 – Break points faced by Williams in the 1st set of the final
• 1 – Break points faced by Serena in the match
• 3 – Points lost on 1st serve by Williams in the 1st set (won 21 of 24)
• 5 – Points lost on 1st serve in the match by Serena
• 8 – Aces by Williams in the 1st set
• 13 – Aces by Serena in the match
• 22 – Grand Slam singles titles for Serena Williams– tied with Steffi Graf for the best in the Open Era
• 39 – Total winners by Serena in the match

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July, 8th 2016
14:03
 

2016 Wimbledon – Day 12

Gentlemen’s Singles Semifinals

Milos Raonic vs. Roger Federer

First Set: Raonic 6 – 3 in 33 minutes

Raonic got the only break of the set on a Roger Federer double fault at 1-2 – his only double fault of the set.  Federer did not earn a break chance against Raonic.  He did have Raonic at 30-30 or Deuce on 6 occasions, but each time Raonic came through to get to game point on serve.  Raonic hit 71% of his 1st serves in play, Federer hit 55%.  Raonic had 14 winners and 7 unforced errors – Federer had 8 winners and 4 unforced errors.  Unfortunately for Federer, 3 of those 4 unforced occurred in the game he lost serve including the double fault that sealed the break for Raonic.

Second Set: Federer 7 – 6 (3) in 46 minutes

Raonic saved 4 set points serving at 4-5 in the set as he held from 0-40 down.  Federer did not face a break point in the set.  Federer finally won it on his 5th set point at 6-3 in the tiebreak when Raonic pushed a backhand wide.  Raonic’s 1st serve percentage in play dropped to 61% for the set – Federer hit 54% 1st serves in play.  Federer had 9 winners and 2 unforced errors – Raonic had 19 winners and 12 unforced errors including 4 double faults in the set (1 in the tiebreak that gave Federer the lead in the tiebreak).  In the tiebreak, Raonic hit just 1 first serve in play out of 5 service points.

Third Set: Federer 6 – 4 in 37 minutes

Federer broke for a 4-3 lead on his 2nd break point after jumping out to a 15-40 lead in the game.  Federer lost just 6 points on serve in the set (Raonic lost 8 points on serve).  Federer hit 8 winners and made just 1 unforced error – Raonic had 12 winners and 8 unforced errors – his only double fault of the set came in the game he lost serve.  Raonic hit 73% of his 1st serves in play – Federer hit 61% in play for the set.

Fourth Set: Raonic 7 – 5 in 51 minutes

Raonic saved 2 break points at 2-2 and another at 4-4.  He broke Federer on his 3rd set point after Federer had a 40-15 lead serving in the 12th game.  Federer threw in 2 double faults from 40-15 up and that gave Raonic the chance he needed.  Federer had 5 unforced errors in the set along with 16 winners – Raonic had 17 winners and 8 unforced errors.

Fifth Set: Raonic 6 – 3 in 38 minutes

Federer fell and hurt his left leg in the 4th game and ended up losing serve to give Raonic a 3-1 lead.  Raonic served out the set dropping just 5 points on serve in the set.  He hit 72% of his 1st serves in play and did not face a break point in the set.  Raonic had 13 winners and 5 unforced errors – Federer had 8 winners and 2 unforced errors. 

Match Summary: Raonic 6 – 3, 6 – 7 (3), 4 – 6, 7 – 5, 6 – 3 in 3 hours 25 minutes.  Raonic’s serve was his strength – 23 aces, 68% 1st serves in play, 83% 1st serves won, 46% 2nd serves won and he saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced.  He held 26 of 27 service games and converted 3 of his 8 break chances.  He finished the match with 75 total winners and 40 unforced errors – Federer had 49 winners and 14 unforced errors.

Federer had 16 aces, hit 61% of his 1st serves in play, won 82% of his 1st serves and 52% of his 2nd serves. He held 22 of 25 service games, but he double faulted in all 3 service games he lost.

As in many of Federer’s close losses, it was his failure to convert break points that ultimately cost him the match.  He converted just 1 of 9 break points (11%) but in this case it wasn’t really his fault.  Roger made just one unforced error on his break points, Raonic was just too good when he needed to be.

In a match with lots of great numbers, one of the more important and impressive was Raonic serving at 30-30 or Deuce.  Those points determine whether a player will have a game point or face a break point and Raonic was very efficient in those key moments.  He won 14 of 16 (88%) of those points – Federer won 14 of 22 when he was serving at 30-30 or Deuce.

Another interesting stat shows how well Raonic played when he got a break point chance.  For the match, he managed to return 56% of Roger Federer’s 1st serves. When he had a break point chance against Federer, Raonic hit 71% of Federer’s 1st serves back in play.

 

Tomas Berdych vs. Andy Murray

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First Set: Murray 6 – 3 in 35 minutes

Murray’s strength on return showed up in the first set as he broke Berdych twice on 4 break points.  Berdych showed some strain in the opening set with 8 winners and 13 unforced errors including a double fault on break point.  Murray dropped his serve once in the set (when he was 2-0 up).  Overall it was a pretty good set from Murray – 4 winners and only 1 unforced error.

Second Set: Murray 6 – 3 in 46 minutes

Murray again broke Berdych twice in the set on 5 break points.  Murray dominated Berdych’s 2nd serve winning 8 of 9 (89%) 2nd serve return points.  Murray saved the 2 break points he faced in the set.  Murray had 7 winners and 4 unforced errors – Berdych had16 winners and 10 unforced errors.

Third Set: Murray 6 – 3 in 37 minutes

Murray only needed 1 break of serve to take the set as he didn’t face a break point against his own serve.  Murray had 9 winners and 4 unforced errors in the set – Berdych had 8 winners and 7 unforced errors.

Match Summary: Murray 6 – 3, 6 – 3, 6 – 3 in 1 hour 58 minutes.

Murray was just too steady and solid for Berdych as he broke him 5 times and only dropped serve once in the match.  Murray continued his impressive returning hitting 78% of his returns back in play, winning 30% returning 1st serves and 63% returning 2nd serves.  He converted 5 of 10 break points as he kept the pressure on Berdych’s serve in every set.

Murray held 13 of his 14 service games, saving 2 of the 3 break points he faced.  He finished the match with 20 total winners and just 9 unforced errors.  Berdych had 32 winners and 30 unforced errors.  Murray had a solid serving day – 65% 1st serves in play, won 77% of his 1st serves and 55% of his 2nd serves.

Notable Wimbledon 2016 Numbers:

  • 0 – Break points faced by Raonic in the 1st set of his semifinal
  • 0 – Break points faced by Federer in the 2nd set of his semifinal
  • 0 – Break points faced by Federer in the 3rd set of his semifinal
  • 1 – Break points faced by Federer in the 1st set of his semifinal
  • 1 – Points lost on 1st serve by Federer in the 3rd set of his semifinal (won 16 of 17)
  • 3 – Break points faced by Murray in his semifinal
  • 9 – Unforced errors by Murray (in 161 points played)
  • 17 – Serves hit 140 mph or faster by Raonic against Federer

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2016 Wimbledon – Day 11

Ladies’ Singles Semifinals
Serena Williams vs. Elena Vesnina
First Set: Williams 6 – 2 in 28 minutes
World number 1 Serena Williams played like it in the first set of her semifinal with Elena Vesnina. Williams broke Vesnina’s serve twice in the set, jumping out to a 4 – 0 lead and had a break point for 5 – 0 before Vesnina was able to get going.

Williams cruised to a 6 – 2 first set losing just 3 points on her serve. Williams won 93% (13 of 14) first serve points, including 7 aces, and 60% (3 of 5) on her 2nd serve. She had 15 winners and 5 unforced errors. Vesnina had 7 winners and 2 unforced errors.

Second Set: Williams 6 – 0 in 20 minutes
The 2nd set started just like the 1st set, with Williams breaking Vesnina to take control from the opening game. She then held serve at love throwing down 2 aces and a blistering 123 mph unreturnable serve. She did not lose a point on serve in the set and dropped just 5 total points in the set. Serena had 13 winners and 2 unforced errors.

Match Summary:
Serena Williams won 28 of her 31 service points for the match (23 of 24 on 1st serves, 5 of 7 2nd serves). She hit 11 aces in 7 service games and had a top speed of 123 mph. Williams finished the match with 28 total winners and just 7 unforced errors. Vesnina won 50% of her 1st serve points and 29% of her 2nd serve points. She had 9 total winners and 7 unforced errors.

48 minutes is the fastest Ladies’ Semifinal at Wimbledon this century (the previous quickest semifinal was Venus Williams over Dinara Safina in 2009 at 51 minutes).


Angelique Kerber vs. Venus Williams
First Set: Kerber 6 – 4 in 36 minutes
This was a race to see which player would hold serve first and it was Kerber who held in the 6th game of the match to take a 4 – 2 lead. She held once more to take the set 6 – 4. Williams held serve just once in 5 service games. Kerber had 10 winners and 6 unforced errors, Williams had 10 winners and 12 unforced errors. The set featured 3 holds of serve and 7 breaks.

Second Set: Kerber 6 – 4 in 37 minutes
This set started just like the 1st set with Venus losing serve to open the set. That was the only break of the set as Kerber lost only 5 points in her 5 service games and Venus finally got her serve going and held her last 4 service games. A complete turn around from the first set where both players struggled on serve and return dominated.

Match Summary:
Angelique Kerber out steadied and out served Venus Williams to advance to her first Wimbledon final. Kerber held 7 of her 10 service games including all 5 in the 2nd set. After dropping 3 of her first 4 service games, Kerber held her last 6, losing a total of 7 points in those last 6 service games.

For the match Kerber hit 71% of her 1st serves in play and won 73% of those points. She won just 27% (4 of 15) when she had to hit a 2nd serve. Williams hit 64% of her 1st serves in play, won 57% of those points and won 48% when she had to hit a 2nd serve. Kerber had 17 total winners and made 11 unforced errors – Venus had 24 winners and 21 unforced errors.

Notable Wimbledon 2016 Numbers:
• 0 – Service points lost by Serena Williams in the 2nd set of her semifinal
• 3 – Total service points lost by Serena in the semis
• 3 – Holds of serve in the 1st set of the Kerber v. V. Williams semifinal
• 5 – Points won by Vesnina in the 2nd set
• 5 – Service points lost by Kerber in the 2nd set against Venus Williams
• 11 – Aces by Serena Williams in the semis

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2016 Wimbledon – Day 10

Gentlemen’s Singles
6th seed Milos Raonic defeated 28th seed Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in 2 hours 32 minutes on Court 1. Raonic faced only 2 break points in the match and held 21 of 22 service games. He won 87% of his 1st serves and 71% of his 2nd serves, hitting 13 aces and 2 double faults. Raonic broke Querrey 3 times in 22 games – all three break points converted were actually set points, and in the case of the last one, a match point.

Raonic finished the match with 58 total winners – 14 aces and service winners – 15 forehand winners – 5 backhand winners – 24 volley and smash winners at net. Raonic won 35 of his 47 net approaches (74%). Raonic made only 16 unforced errors in the match.

Querrey struggled when he had to hit a 2nd serve. He won 81% of his 1st serves but just 41% (25 of 61) when he had to hit a 2nd serve. Querrey had 36 total winners and made 28 unforced errors for the match.

3rd seed Roger Federer came back from 2 sets down, saved 3 match points in the 4th set and prevailed in 5 sets over 9th seed Marin Cilic 6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-3 in 3 hours 18 minutes on Centre Court. Federer held 26 of his 27 service games as he fought off 7 of 8 break points he faced in the match. After getting broken in the 2nd set on the first break point he faced, Federer saved the next 7 break points against his serve including holding serve from 0-40 down in the 7th game of the 3rd set. Amazingly, Federer got just 2 first serves in play on break points but he won 5 of 6 (83%) of his 2nd serve points in those pressure situations. Federer finished the match with 27 aces, 63% of his 1st serves in, won 79% of his 1st serves and 59% of his 2nd serves.

Cilic held 23 of 25 service games as he saved 7 of the 9 break points he faced. His 2 breaks of serve came on 2nd serve points – one was a double fault. He hit 23 aces, 57% of his 1st serves in, won 82% of his 1st serves and 54% of his 2nd serves. In the 5th set Federer was finally able to put some pressure on Cilic’s 2nd serve, winning 7 of 10 points when Cilic had to hit a 2nd serve.

Federer had 67 total winners and just 24 unforced errors – Cilic had 59 winners and 36 unforced errors. Federer won 18 of 27 net approaches (67%) – Cilic won 26 of 39 net approaches (67%).

Federer’s Serve – “Ad-ing” up to Victory
1st Serve Points Won – Deuce Court 75% – Ad Court 84%
2nd Serve Points Won – Deuce Court 47% – Ad Court 72%

Roger Federer stepped up his serving in the Ad Court – the side of the court where most of the big points are played – and that helped him pull out a tight 5 set victory. He saved 3 match points serving to the Ad Court and 2 of the 3 were second serves. His ability to come up with big serves – first or second serve – on the biggest points, was the difference in the match.

10 seed Tomas Berdych cruised into the semifinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2 win over 32nd seed Lucas Pouille in 1 hour 55 minutes on Court 1. Berdych jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set tiebreak and took it 7-4. He broke Pouille in the 2nd game of the 2nd set and the match was his from there. Berdych held 14 of 15 service games and faced just one break point over the last 2 sets. He hit 10 aces, won 87% (45 of 52) of his 1st serves and 51% of his 2nd serves. Pouille had 9 aces and 8 double faults, won 71% of his 1st serves but just 33% (15 of 45) when he had to hit a 2nd serve. Berdych had 35 winners and 24 unforced errors – Pouille had 23 winners and 34 unforced errors.

2nd seed Andy Murray came back from ahead to defeat 12th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
7-6(10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 in 3 hours 54 minutes on Centre Court to book a place in Friday’s semifinals. Once again Murray’s return game and consistency proved to be too much for Tsonga who fought back from dropping the first two sets only to run out of gas in the final set.

Murray broke Tsonga’s serve 6 times – twice in the final set – on a total of 12 break point chances. Murray held 19 of his 23 service games saving 9 of the 13 break points against his serve. Tsonga was the aggressor – 59 winners to 46 for Murray – but also made the majority of the unforced errors – 47 unforced to 23 from Murray.

Murray was able to impose his game when Tsonga had to hit a 2nd serve. Tsonga won 72% of his 1st serves but just 39% when he had to hit a 2nd serve. Murray hit 73% of his returns back in play against Tsonga serves as fast as 134 mph. Tsonga managed to get 67% of his returns back in play but only won 50% of the points when Murray had to hit a 2nd serve.

These two have now played 15 times and Tsonga has never broken Murray’s serve more times in a match than Murray has broken his serve. As dominant as Tsonga has been on serve, he just can’t get through a player who returns as well as Murray.

Notable Wimbledon 2016 Numbers:
• 2 – Break points faced by Raonic in his quarterfinal win over Querrey
• 3 – Match points saved by Roger Federer in his quarterfinal win over Cilic
• 3 – Service games lost by Federer through the quarterfinals (best of the final 4)
• 4 – Break points converted by Tsonga against Murray
• 6 – Break points converted by Murray against Tsonga
• 114 – Aces by Raonic through 5 rounds

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