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.
Puncher / High
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.
Offensive / Medium
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.
Tempo / Low
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.
Retriever / Medium-high
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.