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Statistical Preview: Djokovic Vs. Wawrinka

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Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has created more than one break point for every return game he has played.

IBM provides a statistical preview of Saturday’s US Open semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka.

Match-up: Djokovic leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head 12-2, having won the past 11 meetings.  Wawrinka played his best match of the tournament against Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, completely out hitting the defending champion (45 winners to just 15 from Murray).  

Wawrinka will need the same level of play to have a chance against the World No. 1, who has been returning serve incredibly throughout the tournament.  The other bad news for Wawrinka is Djokovic has been serving almost as well as he's returning - only five breaks in 16 sets played.  Wawrinka's only real chance is to attack, attack and attack some more and hope the relentless pressure gets to Djokovic . With both players on the baseline the clear edge is to Djokovic.

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Djokovic Highlights:
• Amazing return of serve - 34 breaks in 62 return games (55 per cent) - won 46 per cent returning first serves – 61 per cent returning second serves - generated more than one break point for every return game played (67 break points in 62 return games)
• Very solid serving – 70 per cent first serves in play – 76 per cent first serve points won - broken only five times
• Forehand is his big weapon off the ground - 63 forehand winners

Wawrinka Highlights:

• Very solid serve - did not face a break point against Murray - won 79 per cent of first serve points - 45 aces - won 58 per cent of second serve points - lost nine service games in 17 sets played
• Forehand is his weapon off the ground (64 forehand winners) - more total winners than unforced errors for the tournament
• Won 73 per cent of his net approaches.

Novak Djokovic   Stanislas Wawrinka
33 Aces 45
6 Double Faults 22
30% Unreturned Serves 34%
70% 1st Serve % 55%
76% 1st Serve Points 79%
63% 2nd Serve Points 58%
5 Broken 9
22 Break Points Faced 24
64 Games Served 85
92% Service Games Held 89%
128mph Fastest Serve 139mph
80% Returns In Play 73%
46% 1st Return Points Won 33%
61% 2nd Return Points Won 50%
34 Breaks Of Serve 24
67 Break Points 57
51% Pct. Converted 42%
62 Return Games Played 82
55% Return Games Won % 29%
63 Forehand Winners 64
55 Forehand Unforced Errors 71
27 Backhand Winners 43
52 Backhand Unforced Errors 60
168 Winners 215
121 Unforced Errors 159
107 of 144 Net Points Won 103 of 141
74% Net Points Won % 73%
60% Baseline Points Won 49%
33 Games Lost 68
1 Sets Lost 2
08:46 Time On Court 13:12

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