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Shark Bites - Djokovic's Meteoric Rise

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has improved in every department over the past 12 months.

ATP statistics and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP World Tour.

DJOKOVIC 2010-2011 SEASON COMPARISONS

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has improved in every statistical category from last year. Here's a comparison going into the US Open from 2010 to this year:

Category 2011 2010
W-L Match Record 57-2 38-12
W-L vs. Top 10 18-2 0-3
Titles 9 1
Aces 260 191
Double Faults 101 226
Service Games Won 88% 80%
First Serve Pts. Won 75% 70%
Second Serve Pts. Won 57% 50%
Return Games Won 39% 34%
Pts. Won Returning First Serve 36% 35%
Pts. Won Returning Second Serve 58% 55%

BEST CAREER WINNING PERCENTAGE AT US OPEN

Roger Federer entered the US Open with the second-best career match winning percentage. Here is a look at the highest percentage leaders (min. 50 matches played):

Player Percentage (W-L) Titles
1) Bill Tilden .910 (71-7) 7
2) Roger Federer .903 (56-6) 5
3) Pete Sampras .887 (71-9) 5
4) Bill Johnston .853 (58-10) 2
5) Jimmy Connors .852 (97-17) 5

DEFENDING US OPEN TITLE

Rafael Nadal is looking to win his first hard court title of the season with a repeat title effort at the US Open. There have been seven players to defend their US Open title in the Open Era (since 1968):

Player No. Year Defended Title
Roger Federer 4 2005-08
Ivan Lendl 2 1986-87
John McEnroe 2 1980-81
Jimmy Connors 1 1983
Stefan Edberg 1 1992
Patrick Rafter 1 1998
Pete Sampras 1 1996

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