Last Update: January 2019

1693 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study












* 30% less Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Wins 52% of the Points after playing two Backhands Cross in a row

* Wins 53% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice

* Backhand Effectiveness on the Return Games

* Wears the Rivals' Backhand Down with the Backhand

* Backhand Touch on a Short Touch


* 10% less Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Down the Line

* Wins 46% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line


* 20% less Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Down the Line

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

* Wins 55% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line

* Wins 65% of the Points after playing two Forehands Cross in a row

* Wins 59% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In

* Forehand Effectiveness in the Long Rallies (over 8 shots)

* Wears the Rivals' Backhand with the Forehand

* Forehand Touch on a Short Ball


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

* Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside Out

* High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross

* Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (between 5 & 8 shots)


* 2 Times less Errors & same Ratio of Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average 

* 1-2 Punch Approach when played (72% of the points & 8% of his total points won)

* Baseline Approach (8% of his total points won)

* Volley Points/Errors Ratio (78%)


* Serve & Volley (1% of his total points won)

* Chip and Charge (32% of the points won)


* 30% less Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return

* Second Serve Return Won Points (55%)


* 30% less Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return


* Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First & Second Serve Won Points in the Average (70%/52%)


* Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First & Second Serve Won Points in the Average (70%/52%)

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

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


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Winning 52% of his points by the errors of his rivals, Alex de Minaur is a dominant Retriever. You could also say that he is an excellent Counterpuncher because he plays rather close to his baseline and hits almost flat on both sides. Another skill that makes him a really good defender is his quickness around the court and fighting spirit.



The way Alex de Minaur Retrieves is in Tempo (Counterpuncher). Otherwise, he can't really be regarded as a Tempo player because he makes on average less points with the return, forehand & backhand than his opponents. A Tempo player would be much more agressive with these shots or at least two out of three. 



When he has time, Alex de Minaur behaves like a flat Puncher with the forehand.  He likes to run around the backhand to hit forehands but he doesn't win enough points with this shot to be regarded as a real Puncher. 



13% of Alex de Minaur's points are won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this result stands in the general average of the ATP players. It means that he knows when he has to come in to get an edge but doesn't move forward enough to be regarded as an Offensive player. 



Alex de Minaur isn't a Server because his ratio of aces/service winners is below average (28%). Nonetheless, being excellent from the back of the court, his Serve still gives him extra points here and there.

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Shots Comparisons between de Minaur & Hewitt

  • Serve: Lleyton went for more risks with a lower first serve percentage (51% vs 63%) but had a higher first serve unreturned (34% vs 29%) and first serve won points (74% vs 70%). Second serve won points are almost similar (53% for Hewitt vs 52% for de Minaur). 

  • Return: same game style (counterpuncher) but globally better stats for Lleyton: first serve return won points (32% vs 29%), second serve won points (58% vs 55%) and biggest edge taken with the return against their rivals. 

  • Forehand: Almost the same ratio of points with the forehand in every direction but there are some forehand differences when compared with their rivals: Lleyton's opponents won 20% less points against him with their forehand than de Minaur's ones. Then, Lleyton & Alex's rivals made the same ratio of errors against them but Hewitt was more solide than de Minaur making on average 30% less errors

  • Backhand: both Alex & Lleyton got the same ratio of points but Hewitt made on average 20% less errors than Alex. He also forced his rivals into making 10% more errors than the ones of de Minaur.

  • Volley: almost the same total of points won at the net (17% de Mineur & 16% Hewitt) and the same ratio of points/errors with the volley (78%). Small difference with the percentage of points won at the net for Lleyton (72% vs 69%). Otherwise, Hewitt used slightly more the serve & volley than de Minaur but slightly less the 1-2 punch & baseline approach. 

What does de Minaur need to improve to become as good as Hewitt?

  • The serve, the return & the volley are already quite similar. As we saw previously, there are some differences but the global results with these three shots are very close between Lleyton & Alex. The biggest difference between the two occurs from the back of the court. They really have a similar game style (counterpuncher) but for the moment Lleyton is more solid than Alex with the forehand & the backhand: 25% less errors. Hewitt also received 20% less points with the forehand from his rivals than de Minaur. If Alex wants to go in Lleyton's direction, his consistency is the biggest thing to improve

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