You want to hit a bunch of aces. You want to limit double faults. You want to be Matteo Berrettini.
Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis from the 2021 season to date shows that the 6’5 “Italian has mastered the art of knocking down the heat without giving up free points better than anyone. Berrettini hasn’t hit the most of aces so far in 2021 – that honor goes to Alexander Bublik, who crushed 517 aces.
Berrettini is in second place with 430 aces in 39 games. But Bublik racked up 227 double faults in the first seven months, while Berrettini is much lower at just 58. When you combine the two stats to come up with a single metric, it’s Berrettini who sits at the top of the tree. . The following table includes the top ten performers evaluating aces minus double faults.
Season 2021: Aces and Double Fouls
Berrettini won the biggest title of his career last month when he won the Cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club, an ATP 500 event in London. The Italian was brilliant with his service performance, racking up 68 aces while committing just five double faults for a combined total of 63. It was more than twice as good as the tournament’s second best performer, Marin Cilic, who hit 45 aces and committed 14 double faults for a combined total of 31.
As you might expect, Berrettini excelled in this part of his game reaching the recent Wimbledon final. He tallied 117 aces while committing just 15 double faults at SW19 for a combined total of 102. This was again more than twice as good as the second best player in this data set, who was Nick Kyrgios with 56 aces. and eight double faults. , who combined for a total of 48.
Berrettini also won the Serbian Open in Belgrade this year, scoring 33 aces while recording just six double faults, for a combined total of 27. The success helped the 25-year-old Italian to climb to third place in FedEx ATP Race To Turin, which determines who will compete in the Nitto ATP Finals in Italy from November 14-21.
Berrettini’s first serve is a bomb. He recorded the second fastest serve at Wimbledon this year at 139 mph (224 km / h). His second serve is a heavy kick, which keeps the ball away from the net before it plunges sharply into the service area. It’s the ideal punch behind his current FedEx ATP ranking at No.8, his career-high.
Berrettini has mastered potency and consistency with the ultimate first strike weapon.
Editor’s Note: Craig O’Shannessy is the strategic analyst for the Italian Tennis Federation and players including Matteo Berrettini.