Last Update: December 2018

708 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study



* 2 Times less Errors with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Total of Points won at the Net (48%)

* Varied well all kind of Net Approach

* Serve & Volley (34% of his total points won)

* 1-2 Punch Approach (5% of his total points won)

* Baseline Approach (7% of his total points won)

* Chip & Charge (3% of his total points won)

* Volley Points/Errors Ratio (72%)


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


* 50% more Points & 30% less Errors 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 (37%)

* Second Serve Return Won Points (56%)


* High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return


* 20% more Points & 40% less Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

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

* Backhand Pass


* Baseline Backhand (not really played)

* Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)


* 20% less Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* Forehand Touch on a short ball


* Baseline Forehand (not really played)

* Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)


* First & Second Serve Won Points in the Average (70%/49%)


* 2 Times less Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First & Second Serve Won Points in the Average (70%/49%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (13%)

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

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Ken Rosewall was a serve & volleyer but in comparison with the other Australian stars of his era he varied much more the other net approaches than them. He could play the 1-2 punch approach right after his serve, the baseline approach or the chip & charge and his results were excellent. However, because of this lack of serve & volley (in comparison with his rivals), he made on average 20% less points with the volley than them.

Offensive - Very High

Ken Rosewall didn't play enough baseline rallies (as did most of his rivals) to really represent the Punchers. Besides, his backhand was mainly played with slice which is much more the trademark of the Offensive players or the Retrievers. The only time he Punched a bit his forehand is when he used the forehand approach.

Puncher - Medium-low

Ken Rosewall wasn't a Server at all because only 12% of his first serve in were unreturned and this result was below all the other Australian stars of his era. He dominated with this shot and had to find more solutions on his return games to counterbalance it.

Server - Low

Playing more baseline rallies than his rivals, Ken Rosewall won 45% of his points by the errors of his rivals (which was 10-15% more than them.) Although he was more an Offensive player, he could also Retrieve. 

Retriever - Medium

At the time of Ken Rosewall 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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