Reversal Of Roles at US Open: Djokovic & Nadal- How did it happen?



2010: Nadal defeated Djokovic - 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 !
2011: Djokovic defeated Nadal – 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 !

Do you want to know the real reason why the tables got reversed? I had said earlier also that winning points on his own service can be a potential cause of concern for Nadal and that’s what exactly happened yesterday: Look for yourself at Nadal and Djokovic match stats in 2010 & 2011 Finals:

Nadal
US Open 2010
US Open 2011
  1st Serve %
67%
68%
  Unforced Errors
31
37
  Winning % on 1st Serve
73%
52%
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
57%
42%
  Winners
49
32
  Receiving Points Won
42%
42%
  Break Point Conversions
6 of 26 = 23 %
6 of 14 = 43 %
  Net Approaches
80%
76%


Djokovic
US Open 2010
US Open 2011
  1st Serve %
66%
66%
  Unforced Errors
47
51
  Winning % on 1st Serve
64%
65%
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
46%
44%
  Winners
45
55
  Receiving Points Won
32%
51%
  Break Point Conversions
3 of 4 = 75% 
11 of 26 =42 %
  Net Approaches
62%
66%


Nadal on the other hand won only 52% of his first serve points (73% in 2010) and winners also went down by 17-clearly shows the increased court coverage capability of Djokovic.

How much Djokovic has improved is clear from the above table: His receiving points have gone up to 51% and he had 26 break point chances as compared to only 4 last year.

After seeing the above comparison- no doubt Djokovic was the better player yesterday and Nadal has lots to improve in the coming days. All in all what a thrilling match we witnessed yesterday and soon I will be publishing a list of articles comparing both these players  in 2010 and 2011 and what can be learnt from them.  If you need inspiration and feel that your goals are too tough to accomplish- join my site and you will soon learn that nothing is impossible!
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