YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

02/18/1974

Birthplace:

02/18/1974

Residence:

Sochi, Russia

Height:

6'3'' / 191 cm

Weight:

185 lbs / 64 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

1736

Yevgeny Kafelnikov's Strengths

Serve

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * First Serve Won Points & First Serve Unreturned in the Average (71%/32%)
    * 25% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Second Serve Won Points (54%)
    * First Serve Percentage (58%)
    * First Serve Won Points & First Serve Unreturned in the Average (71%/32%)
    * Ratio of Double Faults (11%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 70% more Points & 40% fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (59%)

Weaknesses:

    * Received 8% more Aces/Service Winners than Average

Forehand

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% more Points & 25% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Won 61% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Won 68% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Won 70% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Forehand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Forehand Touch & Drop Shop (not really played)

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 30% more more Points & 10% fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average​
    * Won 49% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross
    * Backhand Drop Shot (25% of the points won)
    * Won 52% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 58% of the Points after playing 2 Backhand Cross in a row
    * First Backhand after the Serve & the Return
    * Backhand Touch on a short ball
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * Total of Points Won at the Net (22%)
    * Serve & Volley (77% of the points won)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (10% of his total points won)
    * Baseline Approach (7% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

Yevgeny Kafelnikov's Game Style

Server

Medium

When compared with his rivals, this is with the Serve that Yevgeny Kafelnicov was the most dominated. He made on average 25% fewer aces/servie winners than them but it was more explained by his return position close to the baseline (which allowed his opponents to score more service winners) than his serve effectiveness which stand in the average of the ATP players (32%).

Puncher

Medium

Even though Yevgeny Kafelnicov was more a Tempo player than a Puncher, he still could accelerate slower balls with the forehand. When compared with his opponents he even got a bigger edge with the forehand than with the backhand. However, the way he hit the forehand was more in a Tempo way (flat & close to his baseline). Punchers play this shot with more topspin and further back.

Tempo Player

Very high

Yevgeny Kafelnicov was a dominant Tempo player. Taking the ball on the rise and being as aggressive with the forehand as with the backhand, he was a very dangerous baseliner. When compared with his rivals he had this double advantage of making more points & ferwer errors than them with the backhand, the forehand and the return.

Offensive Player

Medium-high

When he had a chance, Yevgeny Kafelnicov often followed his forehand or backhand to the net (1-2 punch approach & baseline approach). He could also mix things up with a serve & volley. In total, 22% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this was above average.

Retriever

Medium

Yevgeny Kafelnicov was a Tempo player who could Punch but also Retrieve. His defensive and counterpunching skills were excellent and when the rallies extended he was more effective than his rivals (54%. of the points won).

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