ALEXANDER ZVEREV 

Complete Game Analysis

Last Update : April 2019

5826 Points Analyzed Manually for this study

Serve

42nd

Return

28th

Forehand

62th

Backhand

6th

Volley

108th

Backhand - 5 Stars

(Far Above Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* 40% more Points & 30% less Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Very high Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line

* Wins 57% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line

* Wins 59% of the Points after playing two Backhands Cross in a row

* Backhand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)

* Backhand Attacks on a Short Ball

* Backhand Pass

Weaknesses:

* Wins 40% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice

* Backhand Touch on a short ball (not really played)

* Backhand Drop Shot (37% of the points won when played)

Return - 4 Stars

(Above Top100 Average)

Strengths:

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

* Ratio of Points/Errors with the Return in the Average

* First Serve Return Won Points (30%)

* Second Serve Return Won Points (51%)

Weaknesses:

* Ratio of Points/Errors with the Return in the Average

Serve - 4 Stars

(Above Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* 10% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Won Points (73%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winner in the Average (35%)

* Second Serve Won Points (53%)

Weaknesses:

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners in the Average (35%)

* Ratio of Double Faults (13%)

Forehand - 3 Stars

(In the Top100 Average)

Strengths:

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

* Ratio of Points/Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line in the Average

* Wins 58% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In

Weaknesses:

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

* Ratio of Points/Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line in the Average

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

* Wins 49% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line

* Wins 47% of the Points after playing two Forehands Cross in a row

* Forehand Drop Shot (47% of the points won when played)

* Forehand Pass

Volley - 2 Stars

(Below Top100 Average)

Strengths:

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

Weaknesses:

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

* Return Volley (not really played)

* Volley Points/Errors Ratio

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

Tempo

Very high

Alexander Zverev is a dominant Tempo Player. Playing close to the baseline, he generates a lot of pace on both side and possess one of the best backhand in the world. On that side, he puts the balls back in play with power in any kind of situations (attack, pace & counterpunch). Statistically, the Tempo forehand is not as good as the backhand mainly because he makes less points than his opponents with that shot. This is the ratio of points with the forehand inside in & inside out which is below average. Having such a good backhand, he doesn't run around it enough to get a higher ratio of points. 

Retriever

High

Winning 46% of his points by the errors of the rivals (above the average of the ATP players), Alexander Zverev is not only a Tempo player but also an excellent Retriever. But he remains a Tempo/Retriever which means that first he puts pace and then he collects the mistakes from his opponents. A Retriever/Tempo would much more absorb the pace from his rivals. 

Server

High

Alexander Zverev's Serve has been improving in the last years and now he can count on an effective serve. Nonetheless, his Serve's performances are just above the average of the ATP players. For a player 6'6''/198 cm tall, he could expect better results with that shot. 

Puncher

Medium

On slow ball Alexander Zverev Punches with his forehand but the results are (currently) in the average of the ATP players and not above. He wins on average 20% less points than his rivals with that shot and this is not enough to be regarded as a true Puncher. In his case the Tempo dominates the Punch from the back of the court. 

Offensive

Medium

The net game gives Alexander Zverev 14% of his points but this is not enough to be regarded as an Offensive Player. However, he uses more and more the 1-2 approach right after his serve and this game plan is really effective. 

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And 26 Unforced later...

In total 11 points separated these two and we can explain this difference with two stats. 

 

* 6 aces/service winners more for Alexander Zverev (14 vs 8). When Alex's first serve was in 42% of the time it was unreturned against 24% for Novak. Usually the Serbian serves much better than that and it is the first key explaining the German victory. 

* 7 unforced errors less from the back of the court for Mister Zverev. I rarely saw Novak so fragile and out of thought when the baseline rallies started. Mister Djokovic made 1 error more with the backhand (9 vs 8) and 6 with the forehand (12 vs 6) and this is the second key explaining Alexander Zverev Victory. These extra unforced errors from Djokovic were also forced by Zverev's cross game plan. The German played 71% of his forehand cross and 79% of his backhand cross. Right, Ivan Lendl is his coach now!

2018 London Nitto ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic in two sets 6-4 6-3. In total he won 57 points and his rival 46 points in this match.

 

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