Federer’s Serve vs. Cilic in the 2018 Australian Open was sensational. The following chart displays where Federer chose to serve on GAME POINT of each Serve Game in the match vs. Cilic.
Federer served a total of 23 Game Points on his Serve. He won 21 of those Game Points.
In the 2nd Set Tiebreaker, Federer served 6 points, winning 4 of those points.
Federer served 3 Inside Run Serves, he was 1/1 from the Deuce Court and 1/2 from AD Court. Federer served 3 Outside Run Serves, he was 2/2 from Deuce Court and 0/1 from AD Court. These two mini-breaks of serve by Cilic was enough to win the 2nd Set Tiebreaker 7-5. Notice that Federer did not hit a Cage Serve in the Tiebreaker.
Federer hit 134 successful serves in the entire match vs. Cilic. Here’s the breakdown of Inside Run/Cage/Outside Run Serves.
Federer’s winning % for the match was 72% (97/134) – 3 double faults in the match were not counted in the data here, these are strictly made serves in the match and their corresponding location.
This great information in the fact that Federer was unpredictable with his serve placement overall in the match and he only choose hit 20/134 (15%) Cage Serves into the body of Cilic, and 0% in the tiebreaker set.
Now to the most important analytics, where did Federer play his Serve on GAME POINT! Here we go ->
Federer won 8/9 Serves on GAME POINT when he hit an Inside Run Serve.
He won 3/3 on the IR Serve to Cilic’s Backhand in the Deuce Court.
He won 5/6 on the IR Serve to Cilic’s Forehand in the AD Court.
Federer won 10/12 Serves on GAME POINT when he hit an Outside Run Serve.
He won 3/3 on the OR Serve to Cilic’s Forehand in the Deuce Court.
He won 7/9 on the OR Serve to Cilic’s Backhand in the AD Court.
He was 2/2 when Fed chose on GAME POINT to serve to the body of Cilic (Cage Serve).
Next is the breakdown of # of hits per point on GAME POINT when Federer was Serving.
As you can see, Fed was accurate when it was GAME POINT on his serve, focus level very high. He was broken 2x during the 5 set match, one time in the 6th game of the 4th Set, rally length was 4 shots. The other service break was in the same 4th Set, the 8th game, the rally length was 8 shots.
The 7 out of 11 games he won ended either on a rally length of 1 or 3 (0-4 shots).
64% of GAME POINTS when Roger was Serving ended in the First Strike phase of the point.
One of the main focuses of Transforming the Practice Court is players spend a lot of time on the Serve and the S1 (+1 FH or BH after the Serve). I’m finding the more time players spend on this sequence in practice, they are demonstrating higher levels of performance on these 2 shots in match play with regards to 3 main areas:
- Familiarity (resetting better after the Serve to play the S1
- Knowledge (self-aware that approximately 6 out of 10 match points end here)