Round 1 of the US Open saw Nick Kyrgios up against Steve Johnson. We decided to record the match stats and use the “Star Stat” to record each player’s “Serve +1” stats. The “Star Stat” is in development but will be available as an update on the App Store and Play Store soon.
+1 stats are important because they give players, parents and coaches an idea of the number of times a serve has set up a point for the server. That is, the actual stat that ends the point will be something other than a serve, but the serve is the likely reason for a forehand put away, for example.
As we are still in Star Stat development, there aren’t any GT STATS graphs that we can publish here just yet. The idea is to give you a feel for just one of the many things you can do.
The Broad Match Stats
There’s nothing much we don’t already know about Kyrgios and Johnson by looking at the total stats for the match. Kyrgios’ big serve did a lot of damage in aces/unreturnables alone. 38/8 on that stat alone. When your serving stats are two and a half times your opponent’s, you have an advantage before you start.
Another thing to point out is the backhand of both players. Neither of them produced anything startling on that wing. 15/21 for Kyrgios and 5/11 for Johnson isn’t setting the world on fire. In fact, for pros, it’s pretty poor.
Delve a little deeper, however, and we find that the bulk of the Kyrgios errors on the backhand were return of serve. Of his 21 backhand errors, 12 of them were returning the Johnson serve.
On the other hand, the vast majority of Johnson’s backhand errors came from rallies that went beyond the return of serve.
The Serve +1 Stats
You would expect Nick Kyrgios to dominate most opponents on serving stats. If he doesn’t serve an ace with his first serve, it’s still difficult for his opponent to get into the point. That’s quite often the case on his second serve as well.