MARIANO PUERTA

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

09/19/1978

Birthplace:

09/19/1978

Residence:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Height:

5'11'' / 180 cm

Weight:

172 lbs / 78 kg

Last Update:

October 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

803

Mariano Puerta's Strengths

Serve

2 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
    * Second Serve Won Points (52%)
    * First Serve Won Points (68%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (19%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times more Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (33%)

Weaknesses:

    * 2 times more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return

Forehand

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 50% more Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Inside In
    * Won 57% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Won 54% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Won 68% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Won 53% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Inside Out a row
    * Forehand Effectiveness on the Service Games
    * Forehand Drop Shot (67% of the points won)
    * Forehand Touch on short ball

Weaknesses:

    * 10% more Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line

Backhand

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross
    * 20% more Errors for the same Ratio of Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Won 51% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 51% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Backhand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (between 5 & 8 shots)
    * Won 48% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Backhand Drop Shot (56% of the ponts won)
    * First Backhand after the Serve & Return (too many errors)

Volley

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 60% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Percentage of Points won at the Net (72%)
    * Baseline Approach (10% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * Serve & Volley (not really played)
    * Chip and Charge (not really played)

Mariano Puerta's Game Style

Server

Medium-low

Mariano Puerta had a ratio of aces/service winners below average (19%) but he was not that much dominated by his rivals with his Serve. This was because he played mainly on clay and had to face most of the time clay court specialists with serves below average too. On faster surface he would have been much more dominated by his rivals with the Serve.

Puncher

Medium-low

Mariano Puerta was a dominant Puncher. It was with his topspin forehand that he dominated the most his rivals making on average 50% more points with that shot than them. It was especially after his serve that he was effective with his forehand. He could dictate the rallies and be dangerous at any time. Otherwise, he also Punched with his single-handed backhand but the results were not as good as the ones with the forehand.

Tempo Player

Low

Playing with topspin on both side, Mariano Puerta cannot be regarded as a Tempo player at all. Tempo players play close to the baseline and take the ball on the rise and this was not his case.

Offensive Player

Medium

Being such an effective Puncher, Mariano Puerta could also follow his forehand to the net when he had a chance. In total 16% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this result was in the average.

Retriever

Medium-high

As a clay court specialist, Mariano Puerta was not only a Puncher but also a Retriever. Even though he was more the one taking risks with his heavy topspin forehand or backhand he could also wear his rivals down. In total 39% of his points were won by the errors of his opponents and this was in the average.

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