MICHAEL
CHANG

Last Update: March 2019

2502 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study

Strengths:

* 30% more Points & 40% fewer Errors with the Backhand  than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross

* Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Down the Line

* Won 52% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line

* Won 58% of the Points after playing 2 Backhands Cross in a row

* Backhand Effectiveness in the Short & Medium Rallies (between 3 & 8 shots)

* Backhand Pass

* Backhand Touch on a short ball & Lob

Weaknesses:

* Won 44% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice

* Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)

Strengths:

* 2.5 Times fewer Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return

* First Serve Return Won Points (33%)

* Second Serve Return Won Points (52%)

Weaknesses:

* Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Return

Strengths:

* 40% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In

* Won 53% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line

* Won 57% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In

* Won 56% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Inside Out in a row

* Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium & Long Rallies (over 5 shots)

* Forehand Effectiveness on the Return Games

* Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

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

* Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross & Inside Out

* Won 49% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row

* First Forehand after the Serve (lack of points)

* Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Strengths:

* Total of Points won at the Net (18%)

* Baseline Approach (9% of his total won points)

* Chip & Charge (59% of points won)

Weaknesses:

* 2 Times fewer Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Serve & Volley (not really played)

Strengths:

* Second Serve Won Points (56%)

* Ratio of Double Faults (5%)

Weaknesses:

* 25% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Percentage (56%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (29%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (0%)

Compare his Stats with the ones of the Other American Players here

Michael Chang was a dominant Retriever and in his case more a Counterpuncher. Fast around the court and as consistent as a rock, he made on average fewer errors than his rivals with every possible shots: serve, return, forehand, backhand & volley. In total, 51% of his points were won by the errors of his rivals and this result is far above the average of the ATP players. 

Retriever / Very high

Michael Chang cannot be qualified of an Offensive player, he was much more the one counterpunching the best in that business. Nonetheless, he also deveoppend an Offensive side and 18% of his total points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play). 

Offensive / Medium

During his career, Michael Chang really improved the quality of his serve. Like that he could counterbalance a bit with the best in the business but he was still dominated with the ratio of aces/service winners. 

Server / Medium-low

Besides being more solid than his rivals, Michael Chang also got an edge by making on average 30% more points with the backhand than his rivals. Like the Tempo player, he was capable of stepping in and taking the ball on the rise with his backhand. As said previously, his counterpunching skills were also outstanding. 

Tempo / High

Michael Chang was much more a Retriever or a Tempo player than a Puncher. His ratio of points won with his forehand was 20% lower than the one of his rivals on average. He still could accelerate slower balls with his topspin forehand but it was not his trademark. 

Puncher / Medium

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