MICHAEL CHANG

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

02/22/1972

Birthplace:

Hoboken, USA

Residence:

Mercer Island, USA

Height:

5'9'' / 175 cm

Weight:

160 lbs / 73 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

2502

Michael Chang's Strengths

Serve

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Second Serve Won Points (56%)
    * 25% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (5%)
    * First Serve Percentage (56%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (29%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (0%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2.5 times fewer Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (33%)
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (52%)

Weaknesses:

    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Return

Forehand

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Won 53% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Won 57% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Won 56% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Inside Out in a row
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium & Long Rallies (over 5 shots)
    * Forehand Effectiveness on the Return Games
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross & Inside Out
    * Won 49% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * First Forehand after the Serve (lack of points)
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 30% more Points & 40% fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Won 44% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross
    * Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 52% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 58% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Backhand Effectiveness in the Short & Medium Rallies (between 3 & 8 shots)
    * Backhand Pass
    * Backhand Touch on a short ball & Lob

Volley

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * Total of Points won at the Net (18%)
    * Baseline Approach (9% of his total won points)
    * Chip & Charge (59% of points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times fewer Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Serve & Volley (not really played)

Michael Chang's Game Style

Server

Medium-low

During his career, Michael Chang really improved the quality of his serve. Like that he could counterbalance a bit with the best in the business but he was still dominated with the ratio of aces/service winners.

Puncher

Medium-low

Michael Chang was much more a Retriever or a Tempo player than a Puncher. His ratio of points won with his forehand was 20% lower than the one of his rivals on average. He still could accelerate slower balls with his topspin forehand but it was not his trademark.

Tempo Player

High

Besides being more solid than his rivals, Michael Chang also got an edge by making on average 30% more points with the backhand than his rivals. Like the Tempo player, he was capable of stepping in and taking the ball on the rise with his backhand. As said previously, his counterpunching skills were also outstanding.

Offensive Player

Medium

Michael Chang cannot be qualified of an Offensive player, he was much more the one counterpunching the best in that business. Nonetheless, he also deveoppend an Offensive side and 18% of his total points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play).

Retriever

Very high

Michael Chang was a dominant Retriever and in his case more a Counterpuncher. Fast around the court and as consistent as a rock, he made on average fewer errors than his rivals with every possible shots: serve, return, forehand, backhand & volley. In total, 51% of his points were won by the errors of his rivals and this result is far above the average of the ATP players.

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