ROD
LAVER

 

Last Update: December 2018

2204 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study

Strengths:

* 40% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Total of Points won at the Net (57%)

* Serve & Volley (51% of his total points won)

* Baseline Approach (68% of the points won)

* Volley Points/Errors Ratio (72%)

Weaknesses:

* None

Strengths:

* 60% more Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return

* Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return

* First Serve Return Won Points (35%)

* Second Serve Return Won Points (59%)

Weaknesses:

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

* High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return

Strengths:

* 70% more Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Backhand Touch on a short ball (when serving & volleying)

* Backhand Pass

Weaknesses:

* 20% more Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Baseline Backhand (not really played)

Strengths:

* 20% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Won Points (72%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (32%)

Weaknesses:

* First Serve Percentage (56%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (2%)

* Ratio of Double Faults (12%)

Strengths:

* 10% more Points & 10% less Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

* Baseline Forehand (not really played)

* Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

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

Rod Laver was a serve & volleyer (Offensive) and 51% of his total points were won playing that game style. On the return games, he came in as soon as he had a chance and like that he won 68% of the points with the baseline approach. At the net his ratio points/errors with the volley was excellent (72%).

Offensive - Very High

Rod Laver didn't play enough baseline rallies (as did most of his rivals) to really represent the Punchers. However, the way he hit the forehand and especially the backhand was with topspin. He had one of the best (if not the best) pass of his generation and that was mainly because of the topspin he could generate on both sides.

Puncher - Medium

Only 29% of Rod Laver's points were won by the errors of his rival. His goal was to charge the net and he never really waited for his rivals to make mistakes. 

Retriever - Very low

As a serve & volleyer, Rod Laver could also count on an effective first serve. When his first serve was in, 32% of the time it was unreturned and at that era (wooden rackets) it was an excellent result. When compared with his rivals, he made on average 15% more aces/service winners than them.

Server - High

At the time of Rod Laver and the other Australian stars, the Tempo players didn't really exist. 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) weren't often used.

Tempo - Very low

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