For a deeper analysis of the massive impact the length of the rally has on winning a match, I highly recommend THE FIRST 4 SHOTS.
The First 4 Shots Video
Time to pick your poison.
Tennis looks random, kinda like pinball. Players typically hit cross court, but sometimes they also go down the line. Every now and then they also venture to the net. Nothing seems guaranteed.
It all looks random, but it’s not.
Tennis is actually a game of repeatable patterns. And those patterns produce percentages, which is exactly how you figure out how to be successful at this game…
Look at the following three WIN PERCENTAGES. They are Wimbledon averages from hundreds of thousands of points over 16 years from three different strategies.
Strategy 1 – Wins 46%
Strategy 2 – Wins 64%
Strategy 3 – Wins 68%
You have to now make three picks. You know the win percentages, but what you don’t know is the strategy connected to it.
Pick 1 = you must practice this 90% of the time. It will dominate your tennis existence.
Pick 2 = This pick gets the remaining 10% of your practice time. It’s basically just a sideshow.
Pick 3 = You can dismiss this from your training altogether. Just throw it out the window.
How did your picks go? Which strategy did you pick first?
I know which one you picked first 🙂
Like every sane thinking human being, you wanted as much of that 68% win percentage as you can lay your hands on. Smart.
Now… when we take the covers off and see what’s under the hood… you are going to be very, very uncomfortable. You see, 68% is the win percentage for SERVE & VOLLEY over 16 years at Wimbledon in the men’s draw. You chose the one thing that you consistently ignore.
The 64% win percentage is finishing points at the net. The 46% win percentage is baseline points won.
I just turned your world upside down…
Wimbledon 2002-2017 Win Percentages: MEN Baseline / Approach / Serve & Volley
|Year||Baseline||Net||Serve & Volley|
Roger Federer Exposes The Biggest Lie In Tennis
Part 1 HERE
Part 2 HERE
Part 3 HERE
Is it really that simple?
Serve and volley is a specific strategy that you must commit to before you even know if you really have the upper hand or not. The fact you are serving certainly helps, but you have no idea what’s coming back, or how uncomfortable your opponent is before you have to commit to sprint forward to the net. At least with approaching you can get the opponent really off balance first before coming in.
All too often we muddy the water with varied opinions about serve and volley. Let’s not make that mistake again here.
Serve and volley consistently outperforms. It consistently delivers. It has never abandoned you.
For wayyyy too long we have seen a massive decline in the amount of serve and volley. There was this general global assumption that the players must know what they are doing – it really must not work.
It does. The win percentages have never been looked at – and that’s where the real truth is.
Remember our 18-23-year-olds?
In Part 2, I did an analysis of how much the 18-23 year male players served and volleyed at Wimbledon this year. Here’s a little reminder.
Tournament Averages: Serve & Volley
- 7.2% (1894/26,375) Overall
- 2.2% (103/4638) Players Aged 18-23
They overwhelmingly avoided serve and volley on the lush grass courts at Wimbledon. But should they? Do the youth of today’s game also perform better at the net than the baseline – even though they go out of their way to avoid it?
Here’s the answer…
25 Players Aged 18-23: Win Percentages
- Tournament Total = 46%
- 18-23yo = 47%
Approach & Volley
- Tournament Total = 64%
- 18-23yo = 64%
Serve & Volley
- Tournament Total = 68%
- 18-23yo = 73%
How ironic. The age group that shuns serve and volley – only does it 2.2% of total serve points versus 7.2 percent for everyone else – WINS 5 PERCENTAGE POINTS MORE than the tournament average…
Kids these days 🙂
On Friday we conclude this series with serve and volley stats from Roger himself, with some other cameos from the past (like Pete Sampras). Tomorrow we highlight serve and volley for what it is – a true champion of our sport!!!
See you then,