NICOLAS KIEFER

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

07/05/1977

Birthplace:

Holzminden, Germany

Residence:

Sievershausen, Germany

Height:

6'0'' / 183 cm

Weight:

177 lbs / 80 kg

Last Update:

October 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

1200

Nicolas Kiefer's Strengths

Serve

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners as his Rivals on Average
    * Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners as his Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Won Points (78%)
    * First Serve Percentage (55%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (49%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (56%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (6%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 20% fewer Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return

Weaknesses:

    * First Serve Return Won Points (24%)
    * Received 4% more Aces/Service Winners than Average

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Wins 60% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium & Long Rallies (over 5 shots)
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 30% fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Wins 45% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * First Forehand after the Serve (lack of points)
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Backhand

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 50% more Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * 50% more Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Points/Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line in the Average
    * Ratio of Points/Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line in the Average
    * Won 56% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Won 36% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Backhand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (between 5 & 8 shots)
    * First Backhand after the Serve (too many errors)
    * Backhand Touch on a short ball
    * Backhand Pass
    * Backhand Drop Shot (65% of the points won)

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 50% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Percentage of Points Won at the Net (72%)
    * Total of Points won at the Net (25%)
    * Serve & Volley (12% of his total points won)
    * Baseline Approach (8% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Nicolas Kiefer's Game Style

Server

High

As an Offensive player, Nicolas Kiefer could count on an effective Serve. He went for big on his first serve with a rather low first serve percentage (55%) and his ratio of first serve unreturned was above average (49%). This risky way of serving allowed him to serve & volley in good conditions.

Puncher

High

Nicolas Kiefer could not be qualified as a Puncher because his ratio of forehand points was below average. He was more Retrieving on that side than attacking. He was only effective with his forehand when he followed that shot to the net (Offensive).

Tempo Player

Medium

From the back of the court, Nicolas Kiefer was more a Tempo player than a Puncher or a Retriever. He played rather close to his baseline, flat and often took risks taking the ball on the rise with his backhand.

Offensive Player

High

Nicolas Kiefer could be regarded as an Offensive player. He varied well all kind of net approaches and in total 25% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play). The serve & volley was his favorite offensive game (12% of his total points won). However, at the net he could miss a couple of volleys (36%), espeically the drop shot ones.

Retriever

Medium-low

Even though Nicolas Kiefer was more Retrieving with his forehand than attacking, he could not be regarded as a Retriever because only 35% of his points were won by the errors of his rivals. He was too Offensive and in total only 27% of his rallies were played over 5 shots (below average).

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