Daily Dispatch: Looking at Week One Stats
Andy Roddick kept his career alive against Fabio Fognini, Maria Sharapova came back to beat Nadia Petrova in three sets, and Marion Bartoli bageled Petra Kvitova in the deciding set of their match. Another exciting day at the US Open is in the books, and we’re officially into Week Two.
Today in daft reporter questions:
Q. You’re a bit of a premier player and probably more used to playing at night. How do you get ready for an 11:00 a.m. match? Looked like you didn’t have a chance to shave today.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I actually did last night. Thank you for that. Usually get used to being criticized from my mom for not being shaved fully, but thanks for reminding me of that. I will make sure next time I’m looking nice and shaved.
Lleyton Hewitt was asked about his controversial compatriot Bernard Tomic. His comments were interesting, especially coming from someone who had clashed with Tomic in the past:
“I’ve got along well with Bernie for the last couple of years now, we have practiced quite a bit together, nearly at most tournaments we have played last couple years, or last year and a half or so. And then obviously we were the only two guys in the Olympics on the men’s side, so we spent a lot of time together there as well. In terms of all that, I think he does listen to me quite a bit. Even when he’s spoken about things, whether he was playing Roddick or, yeah, his game a little bit during the Olympics when he was down on confidence a little bit. So, yeah, that’s what I’m there for. Been around for a long time now. Yeah, he had a disappointing loss here in the second round last year to Cilic, and then he came out and played pretty well in the Davis Cup against Roger and Stan. Yeah, hopefully he can get it together.”
“He’s a unique player. His ball striking is unique. Some of his shot selection is unique. Then again, you know, there has been matches probably more so at the Aussie Open that he’s been able to turn matches around because of that. Yeah, the Verdasco match for example looked like he was struggling there for a while and he was able to turn that around. And even against Dolgopolov in the Aussie Open, as well. Yeah, that’s him and his personality a little bit, as well.”
Juan Martin del Potro said his left wrist was feeling “perfect” after his match against countryman Leonardo Mayer, and downplayed the knee injury he saw the trainer for during the match, saying he just made a “bad movement,” and it was “nothing dangerous.”
The lesser-known Swiss Stan Wawrinka, looking in top form, got the minor upset over Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. He has an uphill battle against his next opponent, Novak Djokovic, but he could battle his way into the top 10 if he keeps playing as well as he has lately.
Some interesting stats through Week One:
Del Potro: 100
Return games won:
Del Potro: 13
Number of times broken:
Del Potro: 4
Percentage of first serves won:
Del Potro: 80%
Percentage of second serves won:
Del Potro: 57%
Unforced errors per game:
Del Potro: .82