Tennis Australia GIG – Introducing The Baseline

MELBOURNE, January 18, 2017

Australian Open presenter and journalist Nick McCarvel will be joined each day of the tournament by Tennis Australia Game Insight Group expert Dr Machar Reid to analyse the stories behind the numbers.

In the first episode they take a closer look at Andy Murray‘s round one win over Illya Marchenko.

The Baseline: Is Andy Murray working too hard?

Tennis Australia GIG statistics from Murray’s first round match showed he only managed to win 65 percent of clutch points on his first serve and just 20.4 percent on his second serve.

As the score line depicted, not everything went Murray’s way in the match and he may have expended more energy than he had hoped.

Dr Reid said Murray’s work rate over the past two Australian Open campaigns was 39 percent more than Novak Djokovic in 2015 and 6.5 percent ahead last year.

“Typically, if Andy’s going to win, he has to out-work an opponent,” Dr Reid said.

“He’s gone out there today perhaps anticipating a slightly easier match than he had, so he’s had to work that little bit harder.

“He’s perhaps going to enter round two not as fresh as he might have otherwise been.”

Top 10 clutch players in the men’s draw prior to AO 2017:

Rank

Player

Clutch

Serve %

Clutch

Return %

Overall

clutch index

1

Tsonga J-W.

71.3

39.2

1.105

2

Djokovic N.

68.6

41.3

1.099

3

Berdych T.

70.8

39

1.098

4

Federer R.

70.6

39.1

1.097

5

Wawrinka S.

68.4

41.1

1.096

6

Murray A.

66.4

42.7

1.091

7

Goffin D.

59.3

49.6

1.09

8

Nishikori K.

67.4

41.2

1.086

9

Kuznetsov An.

67.8

40.6

1.084

10

Raonic M.

73.7

34.6

1.083