ATP MATCHFACTS 2014
ATP MatchFacts: Karlovic, Berdych Tough To Break
by Josh Meiseles|
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.
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|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||95||139||68%|
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.
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.
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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