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ATP MatchFacts: Karlovic, Berdych Tough To Break

Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych has saved 73 per cent of break points faced in 2014.

The ability to consistently save break points is predicated on strong serving, efficient point construction and the mental fortitude to weather the storm.

Players with a high aptitude for thriving in clutch, pressured situations are better equipped to protect their serve and survive any threat the returner poses.

With the first quarter of the 2014 ATP World Tour season in the books, Ivo Karlovic has ridden his massive serve to the top of the list of most break points saved, according to ATP MatchFacts.

The 6’11" 35-year-old utilises his intimidating height and devastating serve trajectory to his advantage in pressure-packed situations, having staved off 74 per cent (37/50) of break points encountered through the first three months of the season.

2014 LEADERS: BREAK POINTS SAVED

Player Points Won Total Points Percentage
Ivo Karlovic 37 50 74%
Tomas Berdych 57 78 73%
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 60 83 72%
Edouard Roger-Vasselin 108 151 72%
Kevin Anderson 79 112 71%
Roger Federer 71 101 70%
Feliciano Lopez 70 102 69%
Roberto Bautista Agut 95 139 68%
Yen-Hsun Lu 77 113 68%
Sam Querrey 56 83 67%

Karlovic, who saved a tour-leading 75 per cent (142/190) of break points in 2007, reached the ninth final of his career at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in February. His 321 aces through the end of March lead the ATP World Tour as well.

ATP MatchFacts: Karlovic Ties Three-Set Aces Record

Sitting just one percentage point behind Karlovic, with 73 per cent (57/78) of break points denied, is Rotterdam champion Tomas Berdych. The top Czech equalled his career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 5, following a semi-final run at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stop in Miami two weeks ago.

Rounding out the Top 5 are Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (72 per cent break points saved) and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (72 per cent), as well as the big-serving World No. 11 Milos Raonic (71 per cent).

Tsonga, runner-up in Marseille, has been a stalwart on the ATP MatchFacts break points saved list, appearing in the year-end Top 10 in each of the past six years.

Andreas Haider-Maurer, who staved off 30 break points in just three tour-level matches on clay (83 per cent), leads all competitors on the dirt through the first quarter.

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