The theory of 1%

For several top players, a 1% increase in points won means cutting their ranking by half.

I recently came across an article by Craig O’Shannessey on atpworldtour.com which talked about the huge difference a 1% increase in points won can have on a players ranking. The article quotes stats from Dominic Thiem’s 2014 and 2015 seasons, in which he jumped from number 40 to number  Continue reading “The theory of 1%”

How many points does it take to win?

We broke down points won and lost per match from 2005 to 2015 and found some basic winning odds. Turns out, slight advantages in points won can tip the scales significantly.

Points are the most basic scoring unit in tennis, but they do not directly determine the outcome of a match. To win a match, you must string together combinations of points into games and games into sets, etc. Certain points can be “thrown away” while others can single-handedly determine the outcome of the match. Continue reading “How many points does it take to win?”