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Radwanska’s shock exit in Roland Garros, Paris

Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic made history in the French Open by knocking out the third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4 in the third round. This defeat meant that the French Open’s all top seeds had been ousted inside six days, with top seed Serena William losing in the second round and second seed Li Na departing in the first round.

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Agnieszka Radwanska—–image via: www.veooz.com

Improving from world ranking 495 to 78, she makes herself the biggest ranking improvement by any player in the top 100.

This year, she lost in the third round at the Australian Open but more recently failed to qualify for the draw at Madrid and Rome in the buildup to Roland Garros.

On the other hand, it was the first time for Radwanska as she had failed to make it past the third round at a grand slam since the Frence open 2012. Last year at Wimbledon, she ended up as semi-finalist, quarter-finalist at Australian Open and French Opens and at the US open she made the fourth round.

This year French Open has become remarkable being the first Grand Slam in the open era where the top three players all failed to make the last 16. In this French Open, fourth seed Romanian Simona Halep is the top seeded player left in the draw, having reached the third round on Thursday.

Russian Maria Sharapova, the seventh seed dodged the debris to inflict a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing on hapless Argentine Paula Ormechea. Sharapova won 54 points to 17 for her opponent with the South American taking just three points in the second set.

In men’s side second seed Novak Djokovic made his fourth round with a tough 6-3,6-2,6-7,6-4 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic. The 2012 runner-up, Djokovic next faces either French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Novak Djokovic—-image via: ibnlive.in.com

Roger Federer, the 2009 champion and the fourth seeded player defeated Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 win and reached the last 16.

Roger Federer will face Ernests Gulbis of Latvia for a place in the quarterfinals.

Federer will play Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis for a place in the quarterfinals.

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Rafael Nadal Dominates the French Open (Grand Slam tennis tournament)

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Rafael Nadal ; image credit www.flickr.com

No one has ever before dominated the French Open (a Grand Slam tennis tournament) like Rafael Nadal. He has an unmatched numbers of titles at the French Open.

Another record that reflects his talent is the 59-1. Looking at the 60 matches we can easily understand how he tips the balance in his favor.

Rafael Nadal opened his latest title defense Monday against Robby Ginepri of the United States. He has played 11,485 points at the French Open in nine years. All these points has significance beyond the win-and-loss column.

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King of the Clay-Court ; image credit ar.wikipedia.org

Nadal’s set and match percentages are overwhelming. Things are a lot closer on the level of games and points. Rafael Nadal has had such remarkable success at the French Open. He did this while remaining so close to a 50-50 battle in points won.

All the statistics of tennis show that each year the number one player in the world typically wins about 55 percent of all the points he plays. Particularly for that very season. So we can always say that every point matters.

Rafael Nadal has spent a total of 150.7 hours on court at the French Open since 2005. He has always been torturing the opponents with heavy topspin and controlling the flow of each match.

It looks like he has his opponent on a yo-yo. Unbelievably he been stretched to play a fifth set for only two times. Against John Isner and in last year’s semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal at the French Open Won-Lost Percentage of Winning
Matches Won 59-1 98.3%
Sets Won 177-19 90.3%
Games Won 1169-635 64.8%
Points Won 6465-4920 56.7%

Serve:

Rafael Nadal has served 177 aces and 83 double faults in nine years. This is actually splendid performance for a better than 2-to-1 ratio in this critical first-strike area. He never did serve more than four double faults in a match. Only once did he reach double figures (10) in aces.

May be these numbers can suggest a heavy aversion to risk. Strongest thing about Nadal’s service games is getting his first serve in. he does this almost 71.1 percent of the time at the French Open. It can be considered extremely tough to break him as he wins 71.3 percent of first-serve points and 57.7 percent of second serves.

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Break Point opportunities:

Another thing matters most for Rafael Nadal at the French Open is break-point opportunities. Converting 50 percent of his break points, is a great advantage for him. Which is 5 percent higher than his career average. While opponents could only convert 30 percent of their break points against him.

All Serves Percentage of Winning
1st Serve 71.1%
2nd Serve 57.7%
Opponent’s 2nd Serve 57.6%
Opponent’s 1st Serve 40.2%

Combining all the eight finals, Rafael Nadal’s opponents converted only 25 percent of the break points. For the first five of those finals the conversion rate was only 15 percent. Which is ridiculously low.

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Rafael Nadal ; image credit www.flickr.com

Returning Serve:

May be returning Serve is the arm by which the King of Clay hurts opponents the most. Surprisingly Rafael Nadal wins 40.2 percent of opponent’s first-serve points and 57.6 percent of their second-serve points. This can effectively mean that he has three serves for the match and his opponents have one only.

In the last nine years Nadal has won 67.4 percent of all points serving and 47.1 percent of his return points as well.

Unlike any other year he has lost more at the clay-court lead-in events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. It is said that Rafael Nadal grows a foot taller when he walks onto Court Philippe Chatrier. He has already proven himself almost impossible by slaying clay’s greatest gladiator in that arena.