ILIE NASTASE

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

07/19/1946

Birthplace:

Bucharest, Romania

Residence:

Bucharest, Romania

Height:

6'0'' / 183 cm

Weight:

165 lbs / 75 kg

Last Update:

February 2020

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

1019

Ilie Nastase's Strengths

Serve

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 25% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Won Points (65%)
    * First Serve Percentage (67%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (25%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (58%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (2%)
    * Ratio of Double Faults (7%)

Return

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (38%)
    * Received 15% fewer Aces/Service Winners than Average
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (51%)

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Forehand Touch & Lob
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 10% fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Very low Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions

Backhand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 2.5 times fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * 15% fewer Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Backhand Touch & Lob
    * Very low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Backhand Attack on a short ball
    * Backhand Pass
    * Backhand Drop Shot (62% of the points when played)

Volley

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * Total of Points Won at the Net (58%)
    * Serve & Volley (49% of his total points won)
    * Chip and Charge (3% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * 20% fewer Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Percentage of Points Won at the Net (62%)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (2% of his total points won)

Ilie Nastase's Game Style

Server

Medium

Even though Ilis Nastase was making fewer aces/service winners than average, he still got an edge against his rivals with the quality of his serve. Playing a lot of serve & volley this shot was important in his game style.

Puncher

Medium

Illie Nastase did not play enough baseline rallies (as most of his rivals) to really represent the Punchers. However, the way he hit the forehand & the backhand pass was more like a Puncher (big take back) than a Tempo player.

Tempo Player

Very low

At the time of Ilie Nastase, the Tempo players did not really exist. We had to wait for Jimmy Connors to see the first effective Tempo player. Otherwise, it was all about serving & volleying and from the back of the court they had much more a Punching technique than a Tempo one. The take backs were rather big and the two-handed backhand (trademark of the Tempo players) were not often used.

Offensive Player

High

Ilie Nastase could be regarded as a Serve & Volleyer and as a result an Offensive player. 49% of his points were won playing the serve & volley and another 3% with the chip & charge. At the net, he could play perfect volleys but could also miss easy ones (as it happened to talented players like him).

Retriever

Medium

Ilie Nastase was not only a serve & volleyer and he could play from the back of the court. In total, 42% of his points were won by the errors of his rivals and this result stands in the average. Because of that, we can say that he also had a Retrieving part in his game style.

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