2019 ATP Title Winners - How did they Capture their titles?

February 12, 2019

In 2019 TennisProfiler will analyze every single semi-final and final of any 250/500/1000 ATP tour events to give you a clear view on how the winners did to capture their titles. 

 

 

WEEK 18

 

 

ATP Munich 250 2019 - 3 keys to understand Christian Garin's Victory

 

1. Forehand & Backhand Consistency

To beat Marco Cecchinato in the semi-final & Matteo Berrettini in the final of Munich, Christian Garin was much more consistent than them. In these two matches he made a total of 34 errors with his forehand & backhand versus 55 for his opponents. This is by far the main keys explaining his victory. This week, a Retriever beat 2 Punchers!

 

2. Net Game vs Berrettini

Besides being much more consistent than Matteo Berrettini in the final, Christian Garin also got an edge coming in. He won 79% of his points at the net in this match. 

 

3. Serve & Return vs Cecchinato

Besides being much more consistent than Marco Cecchinto in the semi-final, Christian Garin also got an edge with his serve making two time more aces/service winners (14 vs 7) and the return making more points (3 vs 1) and fewer errors (1 vs 3) than him. 

 

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ATP Estoril 250 2019 - 3 keys to understand Stefanos Tsitsipas' Victory

 

1. First Serve Effectiveness

Stefanos Tsitsipas got his biggest edge in the final of Estoril against Pablo Cuevas and the third one versus David Goffin in the semi with his serve. He made 4 times more aces/service winners against Cuevas (20 vs 5) and 3 double fautls less versus Goffin (2 vs 5). Even though this tournament was held on clay, the serve remained Stefanos' Tsitsipas main weapon explaining his victories. 

 

2. Forehand Attacks

Then, it was with his forehand attacks that Stefanos Tsitsipas dominated his rivals. He made around 50% more points with this shot against Goffin (17 vs 12) and Cuevas (20 vs 14). It was mainly on his first shot after his serve that he got his biggest edge. It means that serve + forehand were the main keys. 

 

3. Net Game

Eventually, Stefanos Tsitsipas took an edge against his opponents at the net with his volleys. In these two matches, he made on average around 3 times more points with the volley than them (13 vs 4). It was with the baseline approach that he was the most effective winning 77% of the points. 

 

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WEEK 17

 

 

ATP Barcelona 500 2019 - 3 keys to understand Dominic Thiem's Victory

 

1. Forehand Attacks

Dominic Thiem got the best of out Rafael Nadal in the semi-final and Daniil Medvedev in the final attacking with his forehand. He won 8 more points with that shot versus Rafa and 9 against Medvedev. He mainly made that difference on his service games. 

 

2. First Serve Won Points

Dominic Thiem was excellent on his first serve winning 75% of the points against Nadal and 76% against Medvedev. These results are even better knowing that he averaged a first serve percentage of 68%.  

 

3. Forehand & Backhand Drop Shot

In the semi and the final combined, Dominic Thiem played 17 drop shots and won 13 points after (76.4%). 

 

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ATP Budapest 250 2019 - 3 keys to understand Matteo Berrettini's Victory

 

1. Forehant Attacks

To beat Laslo Djere in the semi-final and Filip Krajinovic in the final of Budapest, Matteo Berrettini made a total of 44 points with his forehand. This very high ratio of forehand points explained the difference taken at 94% versus Djere and 58% versus Krajinovic. 

 

2. First Serve Won Points

Matteo Berrettini was almost unbeatable on his first serve winning 87% of the points against Djere and 87% against Krajinovic. In these two matches, he averaged a ratio of first serve unreturned of 41% (very high give that the tournement was played on clay).  

 

3. Forehand & Backhand Drop Shot

In the semi and the final combined, Matteo Berrettini played 13 drop shots and won 8 points after (61.5%). 

 

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WEEK 16

 

 

ATP Monte-Carlo 1000 2019 - 3 keys to understand Fabio Fognini's Victory

 

1. Forehand Attacks

Fabio Fognini got the best of out Rafael Nadal in the semi-final making around 60% more points with the forehand (15 vs 9). It goes more or less the same in the final versus Dusan Lajovic (19 vs 13). The forehand was effective in any directions and at any time in the rallies. 

 

2. Backhand Global Effectiveness

This is attacking Rafael Nadal that Fabio got an edge (9 points vs 6) but in the final against Dusan, Mister Fognini dominated the Serbian being much more consistent on that side than him (6 errors vs 13). Attack & consistency with the forehand & backhand were the two main keys explaining Fognini's victory in Monte-Carlo. 

 

3. First & Second Serve Return

Fabio Fognini's domination from the back of the court was mainly seen on his return of serve. In these two matches combines he won 48.7% of the points when receiving first serve and 58.5% when receiving second serve. 

 

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WEEK 15

 

 

ATP Houston 250 2019 - 3 keys to understand Chritian Garin's Victory

 

1. Serve Effectiveness

Christian Garin dominated Sam Querrey & Casper Ruud with the quality of his serve. In the final, he made 5 aces/service winners more than his rivals (14 vs 9) and this was the main key explaining his victory. In the semi-final he managed to get a better serve balance than Sam Querrey which is one of the most effective server on the ATP tour. He made 4 aces/service winners less (18 vs 22) but also 6 double faults (1 vs 7).

 

2. Backhand Attacks

Christian Garin got good results attacking with his backhand. He made 2 times more points than Querrey (6 vs 3) and 8 more points versus Ruud (18 vs 10) with this shot. It was really his backhand cross that made the difference: 54% of the points won when he played that shot 2 times in a row.

 

3. Forehand Consistency

Eventually, Christian Garin strongly dominated Sam Querrey in the semi-final by being much more consistent with his forehand. He made 8 errors less than the American (5 vs 13) and it was the main key explaining his victory.

 

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ATP Marrakech 250 2019 - 3 keys to understand Benoit Paire's Victory

 

1. Backhand Global Effectiveness

As usual, Benoit Paire got excellent stats results with his backhand. He mainly dominated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga & Pablo Andujar with this shot. Versus Tsonga in the semi, he made 2 times fewer errors (9 vs 18) and in the final versus Andujar he made 5 times more points (10 vs 2). 

 

2. First Serve Won Points

Then, this is on his first serve that Benoit Paire was very effective winning 77% of his points against Tsonga and 89% versus Andujar. His strategy was/is to go for big on first serve with a low first serve percentage and collect as many points as possible. 

 

3. Second Serve Return Won Points

Eventually, Benoit Paire was very effective on his second serve return winning 65% of the points against Tsonga and 64% versus Andujar. His rivals' used many body serves on second serve but this strategy turned against them. 

 

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WEEK 13

 

 

ATP Miami 1000 2019 - 3 keys to understand Roger Federer's Victory

 

1. Baseline Consistency & Game Strategy

Usually, the Roger Federer we know is the one attacking from the back of the court, especially with his forehand. However, in this Miami Open, he got his biggest edge against Denis Shapovalov & John Isner by being much more consistent than them. In these two matches, he made only 12 errors with his forehand & backhand versus 32 for his rivals. He changed his strategy and TennisProfiler knows exactly why... 

 

2. Net Approach

Besides being more consistent than his rivals, Roger Federer mixed things up with some net approaches. He got outstanding results when he came in winning 92.3% of the points. 

 

3. First & Second Serve Won Points

Eventually, Roger Federer, as usual, served magnificently. He lost 2 points on first serve versus Shapovalov (91%) and none versus John Isner (100%). His second serve won points against his opponents was also amazing: 76%.

 

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WEEK 11

 

 

ATP Indian Wells 1000 2019 - 3 keys to understand Dominic Thiem's Victory

 

1. Forehand Adaptation

Dominic Thiem got his biggest edge on both of his last matches at Indian Wells thanks to his forehand. Against Milos Raonic in the semi-final he got an edge by being much more consistent (5 errors vs 24). Versus Roger Federer in the final, he dominated the Swiss with his forehand making 10 more points (23 vs 13). The best forehands on tour have this double advantage! 

 

2. Return Consistency

Dominic Thiem was super consistent with his return against Raonic & Federer. In total, he made almost 3 times fewer errors with this shot (10 vs 29). These extra unforced errors from his opponents came on his second serve and this allows him to get a excellent second serve won points in both of his matches (60%). 

 

3. Backhand Global Effectiveness

Eventually, Dominic Thiem took an advantage with his backhand. He made 8 more points (19 vs 11) but also 7 fewer errors than his rivals (14 vs 21).  

 

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WEEK 9

 

 

ATP Sao Paulo 250 2019 - 2 keys to understand Guido Pella's Victory

 

1. Gobal Consistency

Guido Pella won his first ATP Title wearing his rivals down. He made 2 double faults less (3 vs 5), 3 return errors less (4 vs 7), 16 forehand errors less (16 vs 32), 12 backhand errors less (11 vs 23) and 3 volley errors less (o vs 3). 

 

2. Ratio of First Serve Unreturned

Besides being more consistent than his rivals, Guido Pella could count on an effective first serve. When that first serve was in, 33% of the time it was unreturned against Laslo Djere in the semi-final and 41% of the time versus Christian Garin in the final. 

 

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ATP Acapulco 500 2019 - 2 keys to understand Nick Kyrgios' Victory

 

1. Serve

Nick Kyrgios is an outstanding server and he mainly dominated John Isner and Alexander Zverev with the quality of this shot. Against John Isner he succeeded in making the same amount of points as the American (41 vs 41) and took an edge making 5 double fautls less (1 vs 6). Versus Zverev in the final, he make almost 2 times more aces/service winners (27 vs 14). 

 

2. Forehand Drop Shot

Nick Kyrgios played a total of 17 forehand drop shots (5 versus Isner & 12 versus Zverev) and won a total of 64,7% of the points after. This is the only way he really got an edge from the back of the court. 

 

However, when the baseline rallies started (over 3 shots), Nick Kyrgios won 75 of them and his rivals 95 (44%). It shows how important his serve (and his drop shots...) are.

 

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ATP Dubai 500 2019 - 3 keys to understand Roger Federer's Victory

 

1. Offensive Game Style

Roger Federer's offensive mind-set prevailed in Dubai. 37% of his points were won at the net against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final and 33% versus Borna Coric n the semi-final. In total, he won 80% of the points when he came in and more than 3 times more points with volleys than his rivals (18 vs 5).

 

2. Ratio of First Serve Unreturned

As usual, Roger Federer could count on a very effective first serve. His ratio of first serve unreturned was 44% against Coric and 36% versus Tsitsipas. In total, he made 26 aces/service winners in these two matchs against 20 for his rivals.  

 

3. Forehand Consistency

This is unusual to see Federer make fewer points with his forehand than his rivals (16 vs 20) but he