Tsitsipas Leader Of The Next Gen Pack – By One Point
Analysis proves you don’t have to win all the points, just the ones that count the most
Big distances. Small margins.
The Next Gen ATP Finals field of eight players has competed in 278 matches this season all over the globe, winning an impressive 53 per cent of them. It’s the best young talent our sport has to offer, and now they get a chance to go head-to-head this week in Milan, Italy.
What’s going to matter most in deciding the eventual champion? A point here and a point there - just like always.
An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of more than 44,000 points played this season by the #NextGenATP field of eight players identifies that they have lost 22 more points than they have won. Four of the eight have won slightly more points than they have won in 2018, while the other four have won slightly less. The eight players have averaged winning 49.49 per cent (22,110/44,242) of points this season.
You don’t need to win all the points. Just the right ones.
The yardstick to measure by in 2018 is World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, who has won 54.44 per cent (5488/10086) of points played with a 49-11 record.
The highest win percentage of points won from the #NextGenATP field is Stefanos Tsitsipas at 51.03 per cent (5488/10754). Tsitsipas also has a win over Djokovic this season, defeating the Serb 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup in August.
NextGen Field - 2018 Points Won/Lost & Win Percentage
|Player||Points Won||Total Points||Win %|
|Alex de Minaur||3629||7168||50.63%|
An interesting way for players to understand how close they actually are from the top of the tree in our sport is to directly compare themselves to the World No. 1. For example, Tiafoe is ranked No. 40, and has averaged winning 50 points out of every hundred in 2018, while Djokovic has climbed back to No. 1 by averaging winning 54 points out of every hundred. So in a very real way, Tiafoe has got to find just four more points out every hundred he plays to become the top ranked player.
Tsitsipas is the only #NextGenATP player ranked in the Top 20, while all of them are ranked in the Top 100 except for Italian qualifying tournament winner, Liam Caruana, who is ranked No. 622.
NextGen Field - 2018 Matches Won / Lost
|Player||Matches Won||Matches Lost||Match Win %|
|Alex de Minaur||24||22||52.17%|
The age-old tennis cliche of focusing on just one point at a time certainly hits home when you view the sport in this manner.