US Open Serve Speed by Player

It’s time for more serve-speed research notes. Most of the matches at the 2011 U.S. Open were tracked by Pointstream, and serve speed was recorded for the vast majority of those points. The Open website published some serve speed numbers, but not as conveniently as I would like.

Below, find the average first and second serve speeds for every man who played three or more Pointstream-tracked matches. Oddly enough, the top and bottom of the list are held by Americans; John Isner is where you’d expect him, while Donald Young barely kept his first-serve average in the triple digits.

I didn’t expect to see nearly so much variation in the difference between first and second serve averages. Sure, Isner and Young are the endpoints in both lists, but David Nalbandian–below average on firsts–is third of 22 on seconds. To take another angle, both Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga each have more than double the difference in averages than does either Alex Bogomolov or Fernando Verdasco.

(“M” is the number of matches tracked by Pointstream for each player.)

Player                 M  1sts  1stAvg  2nds  2ndAvg  
John Isner             4   313   124.5   125   106.2  
Andy Roddick           5   249   122.1   118   100.5  
Tomas Berdych          3    85   120.3    71    95.0  
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga     5   289   119.7   206    90.6  
Marin Cilic            3   125   118.7   121    86.3  
Janko Tipsarevic       3   148   116.5    84    90.5  
Roger Federer          6   355   115.6   186    94.6  
Juan Martin Del Potro  3   180   114.5    96    88.2  
Julien Benneteau       3   177   114.0    86    89.9  
Tommy Haas             3   211   113.9   124    94.1  
Novak Djokovic         7   421   113.7   226    91.4  

Player                 M  1sts  1stAvg  2nds  2ndAvg
Andy Murray            6   338   112.6   204    85.2  
Mardy Fish             4   231   112.4   165    88.0  
David Nalbandian       3   165   112.3   125    96.1  
David Ferrer           3   128   112.2    74    88.9  
Rafael Nadal           7   435   110.5   176    84.5  
Juan Monaco            3   167   109.4    70    90.4  
Gilles Simon           3   235   108.3   179    81.6  
Fernando Verdasco      3   175   107.3    72    92.6  
Alex Bogomolov Jr.     3   264   103.1    96    89.1  
Donald Young           4   213   101.9   111    80.6
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2 responses to “US Open Serve Speed by Player

  1. Harry Harper

    Have you got stats for average 1st/2nd serve speeds?

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