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Milos Raonic is serving great and feeling healthy in 2020.

Raonic Tops Isner, Opelka, Karlovic In This Key Serving Stat

Infosys ATP Insights shows how the Canadian overpowers opponents with his biggest weapon

Milos Raonic’s serve may be even better than we thought.

An Infosys ATP Insights deep dive into first- and second-serve performance only when players win their matches over the past two seasons identifies Raonic at the top of the tree in both categories. The data set is comprised of all players who had a minimum of 20 wins on Tour in the past two seasons combined.

Raonic has won 51 tour-level matches the past two seasons and accumulated win percentages behind first and second serves that simply have no peer.

2018/19: First-Serve Win Percentage When Winning The Match

Rank

Player

Win Percentage

Total

1

Milos Raonic

86.15%

1903/2209

2

Ivo Karlovic

85.13%

1053/1237

3

Sam Querrey

84.81%

1736/2047

4

Reilly Opelka

83.45%

1331/1595

5

John Isner

83.42%

3008/3606

6

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

83.32%

1409/1691

7

Marin Cilic

81.82%

2461/3008

8

Jan-Lennard Struff

81.50%

2004/2459

9

Kevin Anderson

81.34%

2703/3323

10

Feliciano Lopez

81.30%

1330/1636

The average first-serve win percentage when players won their match was 76.39 per cent (172,615/225,974). That metric is eight percentage points higher than the average when they lose their match.

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Average First-Serve Points Won/Lost
Winning the match = 76.9%
Losing the match = 68.9%
Gap = 8 percentage points

Raonic’s tour-leading numbers also extend to second-serve points when winning the match, where he sits at 61.78 per cent (826/1337).

2018/19: Second-Serve Win Percentage When Winning The Match

Rank

Player

Win Percentage

Total

1

Milos Raonic

61.78%

826/1337

2

Rafael Nadal

61.42%

1492/2429

3

Roger Federer

61.35%

1578/2587

4

John Isner

60.51%

904/1494

5

Philipp Kohlschreiber

60.12%

680/1131

6

Yoshihito Nishioka

59.25%

410/692

7

Miomir Kecmanovic

58.82%

370/629

8

Alex de Minaur

58.47%

1142/1953

9

Novak Djokovic

58.41%

1559/2669

10

Juan Ignacio Londero

58.27%

398/683

The average second-serve win percentage when players won their match was 55.61 per cent (75,097/135,032). That metric is 8.7 percentage points higher than the average when they lose their match.

Average Second-Serve Points Won/Lost
Winning the match = 55.6%
Losing the match = 46.9%
Gap = 8.7 percentage points

Raonic had a strong run to the quarter-finals of the 2020 Australian Open, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Marin Cilic along the way. He is currently No. 32 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, and most importantly, is healthy once again.

Where will he end 2020? With a serve like his, anything is possible.

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