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Roger Federer is going for his sixth US Open title this fortnight in New York.

At 38, Roger Federer Is Still Fastest Out Of The Blocks

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers shows how the five-time US Open champion starts better than anyone on serve

If Roger Federer were a sprinter, he would be the fastest to get out of the blocks.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the current Top 20 winning the first point of their service games and progressing to 15/0 compared to losing the first point and dropping to 0/15 reveals that Federer has been the most successful at getting the fastest start this season.

Five Best From Current Top 20 At Progressing To 15/0 In 2019

Player

Percentage Of Service Games Leading 15/0

Roger Federer

72.9% (439/602)

John Isner

72.6% (339/467)

Novak Djokovic

70.1% (425/606)

Kevin Anderson

69.8% (148/212)

Roberto Bautista Agut

69.6% (471/677)

Federer won his opening-round match at the US Open on Monday night, defeating Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. He was slightly below his season average for the match, winning the opening point 67 per cent (12/18) of the time.

Of the 12 times he won the opening point, he won every service game; of the six times he lost the opening point, he was broken three times.

At the Miami Open presented by Itau in March and April, Federer was at his ruthless best moving to 15/0 instead of dropping to 0/15 when serving. He successfully navigated to 15/0 50 times in 61 service games (82%).

He was also above his season average the tournament before, at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he made the final, moving to 15/0 40 of 54 times (74.1%).

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The most recent tournament Federer won was the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle in June, where he moved to 15/0 73.3 per cent (44/60) of the time.

Roberto Bautista Agut is not renowned for his big serving, so it’s particularly impressive to see him fifth best in this category out of the current Top 20. The Spaniard is enjoying his career-best ATP Ranking at No. 10 and won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in January.

Bautista Agut has averaged winning the opening point of his service game 69.6 per cent (471/677) of the time this season, but that elevated to 75.4 per cent (43/57) when he won the ATP 250 event in Doha.

It’s just one point, but the first point of your service game clearly influences the weather for the points immediately following it.

Current Top 20: Percentage Winning Opening Point Of Service Game (2019)

#

Player

Moving Ahead 15/0

Falling Behind 0/15

Total Games

Percentage Moving To 15/0

Percentage Falling Behind 0/15

1

R. Federer

439

163

602

72.9%

27.1%

2

J. Isner

339

128

467

72.6%

27.4%

3

N. Djokovic

425

181

606

70.1%

29.9%

4

K. Anderson

148

64

212

69.8%

30.2%

5

R. Bautista Agut

471

206

677

69.6%

30.4%

6

D. Medvedev

472

210

682

69.2%

30.8%

7

R. Nadal

380

174

554

68.6%

31.4%

8

J.M. Del Potro

117

54

171

68.4%

31.6%

9

F. Auger-Aliassame

397

184

581

68.3%

31.7%

10

D. Thiem

374

177

551

67.9%

32.1%

11

S. Tsitsipas

507

241

748

67.8%

32.2%

12

G. Monfils

318

152

470

67.7%

32.3%

13

K. Nishikori

380

184

564

67.4%

32.6%

14

A. Zverev

391

208

599

65.3%

34.7%

15

K. Khachanov

347

185

532

65.2%

34.8%

16

D. Goffin

350

197

547

64.0%

36.0%

17

B. Coric

326

188

514

63.4%

36.6%

18

F. Fognini

306

194

500

61.2%

38.8%

19

N. Basilashvili

333

212

545

61.1%

38.9%

20

G. Pella

389

275

664

58.6%

41.4%

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