PATRICK RAFTER

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

12/28/1972

Birthplace:

12/28/1972

Residence:

Pembroke, Bermuda

Height:

6'1'' / 185 cm

Weight:

190 lbs / 86 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

3194

Patrick Rafter's Strengths

Serve

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 50% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (13%)
    * First Serve Won Points (77%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (46%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (52%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (11%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (31%)

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Points & 10% more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (45%)

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 20% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Wins 55% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 30% fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Very low Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions
    * Wins 42% of the Points after playing two Forehands Cross in a row
    * Wins 33% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * First Forehand after the Return (too many errors)
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not replay played)

Backhand

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 40% fewer Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * 2.5 times fewer Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Wins 61% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * First Backhand after the Return
    * Wins 60% of the Points after playing two Backhands Cross in a row
    * Wins 54% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * Backhand Effectiveness in the Long Rallies (over 8 shots)

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2.5 times more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (65%)
    * Serve & Volley (55% of his total won points)
    * Baseline Approach (5% of his total won points)
    * Chip & Charge (4% of his total won points)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Patrick Rafter's Game Style

Server

High

Patrick Rafter was an excellent Server and when compared with his rivals, he took a bigger edge with his Serve than with his volley. He made on average 50% more aces/service winners than his rivals and when his first serve was in, 46% of the time it was unreturned.

Puncher

High

From the back of the court, Patrick Rafter could Punch from time to time but he Retrieved more than he attacked with the forehand or the single-handed backhand. In total, only 11% of his points were won with these two shots which is far below average.

Tempo Player

Very low

Patrick Rafter was nothing but a Tempo player. Having a single-handed backhand that he used so for slicing that for playing with spin, his game style wasn't to take the ball on the rise. One of the main characteristic of a Tempo player is the two-handed backhand playing flat close to the baseline and this wasn't the way Patrick Rafter hit his backhand.

Offensive Player

Very high

As a server & volleyer, Patrick Rafter was a very Offensive player. 55% of his total points were won playing this game style. In order to be Offensive on his return games, he often played the chip & charge or the baseline approach.

Retriever

Medium-low

Even though Patrick Rafter can't be regarded as a Retriever at all, when he had to play baseline rallies he often Retrieved. He actually Retrieved more than he attacked. However, the Offensive game style was so dominant that only 31% of his points were won by the errors of his opponents (far below average).

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