Three matches down. Four to go.
Making it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam is an outstanding achievement. We have some fresh faces as well as two perennial favorites – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – still left in the draw. The focus here is simply holding and breaking serve and identifying who has been doing the best so far in the tournament.
These are the round of 16 match-ups:
- Novak Djokovic v Milos Raonic (Sunday)
- Dusan Lajovic v Alexander Zverev (Sunday)
- Dominic Thiem v Grigor Dimitrov (Sunday)
- Felix Auger-Aliassime v Aslan Karatsev (Sunday)
- Andrey Rublev v Casper Ruud (Monday)
- Mackenzie McDonald v Daniil Medvedev (Monday)
- Stefanos Tsitsipas v Matteo Berrettini (Monday)
- Fabio Fognini v Rafael Nadal (Monday)
SERVICE GAMES WON
Every player that has reached the last 16 has dropped serve at least once. The best performers are Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and Grigor Dimitrov. Imagine the amount of confidence they are bringing to their fourth-round match knowing they are doing so well at holding so far in Melbourne. On the other end of the spectrum, Dusan Lajovic has reached the fourth round while being broken 10 times – twice as much as any player remaining. He is battling hard through the draw and congrats to him! Below is the performance of the remaining players holding serve.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (47/48)
- Andrey Rublev (44/45)
- Grigor Dimitrov (31/32)
- Milos Raonic (49/51)
- Alexander Zverev (46/48)
- Rafael Nadal (40/42)
- Aslan Karatsev (35/37)
Broken Three Times
- Matteo Berrettini (50/53)
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (39/42)
Broken Four Times
- Novak Djokovic (52/57)
Broken Five Times
- Fabio Fognini (47/52)
- Mackenzie McDonald (46/51)
- Casper Ruud (46/51)
- Dominic Thiem (46/51)
- Daniil Medvedev (43/48)
Broken Ten Times
- Dusan Lajovic (57/67)
RETURN GAMES WON
This stopped me in my tracks. Aslan Karatsev has broken serve more times in his first three matches than his opponents have held. He has broken serve 51% (19/37). That’s a crazy stat!! The Russian qualifier is currently ranked No. 114 and has defeated Gianluca Mager, Egor Gerasimov and No. 8 seed, Diego Schwartzman so far – all in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic is typically right around the top of this list at this stage of a Slam, so it’s interesting to find him fourth last at the moment. Winning return games against his next opponent, Milos Raonic, is not going to get any easier.
Here’s the performance of the players who have reached the last 16.
- Aslan Karatsev = 51% (19/37)
- Felix Auger-Aliassime 40% (17/42)
- Daniil Medvedev = 40% (19/48)
- Rafael Nadal = 39% (16/41)
- Stefanos Tsitsipas = 39% (19/49)
- Grigor Dimitrov = 38% (12/32)
- Milos Raonic = 31% (16/51)
- Dominic Thiem = 31% (16/51)
- Alexander Zverev = 31% (15/49)
- Mackenzie McDonald = 30% (15/50)
- Casper Ruud = 27% (13/48)
- Dusan Lajovic = 26% (18/68)
- Novak Djokovic = 26% (15/58)
- Fabio Fognini = 25% (13/51)
- Andrey Rublev = 25% (11/44)
- Matteo Berrettini = 17% (9/52)
Looking forward to a thrilling Round of 16. I think some upsets are brewing!!!