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Alexander Zverev will look to build on his impressive 2018 at the 2019 Australian Open.

Zverev Won More Games Than Djokovic, Federer and Nadal In 2018

Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers explains why Zverev is such a tough matchup

The 1,000 game club had only one member in 2018 – Alexander Zverev. The 21-year-old German had the best season of his emerging career last year, collecting four titles (including the Nitto ATP Finals), a 58-19 record and north of $7.7 million in prize money.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of games won both serving and returning in the 2018 season identifies that Zverev just clipped the 1,000-games won milestone, reaching 1,006.

2018 Season: Leading 10 Players Total Games Won

#

Player

Serving Games Won

Return Games Won

Total

1

Alexander Zverev

754

252

1006

2

Kevin Anderson

847

149

996

T3

Dominic Thiem

753

217

970

T3

Novak Djokovic

724

246

970

5

Stefanos Tsitsipas

783

177

960

6

Karen Khachanov

724

193

917

7

Marin Cilic

709

183

892

8

John Isner

805

80

885

T9

Roger Federer

686

178

864

T9

Juan Martin del Potro

672

192

864

Zverev won four titles in 2018 (Nitto ATP Finals, Washington, ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid and Munich), winning a total of 58 matches, which just edged his 2017 win total of 55.

Kevin Anderson finished second in total games won in 2018, just 10 behind Zverev, at 996, and won the most games on serve for the year.

2018 Season: Top 3 Service Games Won
Kevin Anderson = 847
John Isner = 805
Stefanos Tsitsipas = 783

Zverev won the most return games in 2018 with 252. He finished eighth overall in 2018 on the ATP Stats Return LEADERBOARD, powered by Infosys Nia Data, with a 154.3 rating, and was 16th best on tour last year on the ATP Stats Return LEADERBOARD, powered by Infosys Nia Data, with a 278.5 rating.

2018 Season: Top 3 Return Games Won
Alexander Zverev = 252
Novak Djokovic = 246
Fabio Fognini = 236

When you boil our sport down to its simplest level, it’s all about holding serve and breaking serve. At 6’6”, Zverev provides such a tough matchup for opponents because players at that height typically show a lot more prowess serving than returning.

Zverev actually has better metrics on the return side of the equation, making him the total package and a dominant force in our sport for years to come.

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