Stats & Info: Andy Murray

Murray the one to thwart Djokovic's serve

July, 7, 2013
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Andy Murray had a lot to be excited about in his victory.

It was a long time coming for Andy Murray, who finally won his first Wimbledon. Let’s run through some of the highlights of his victory on Sunday morning over Novak Djokovic.

The champ
Murray became the first Gentleman from Great Britain to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

Murray has now won two of the last three Grand Slams he’s played, with both wins being over Djokovic.

Murray joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt as the fifth active player with multiple Grand Slam titles.

It was Murray’s 18th straight grass-court match win. He’s 8-11 vs Djokovic, but 2-0 against him on grass courts.

One reason Murray won, he broke Djokovic's serve seven times.

Entering the final, Djokovic had held serve 94 percent of the time (95 of 101). Murray won almost half of Djokovic's service games (7 of 16) and won more than 40 percent of Djokovic's first-serve points, which is very impressive considering the fact Murray had won 31 percent of first-serve return points entering the final.

This marked the second straight year that the Wimbledon champ had to come back from a 2-0 deficit earlier in the tournament. Roger Federer did so last year.

Djokovic was the only top-15 seed that Murray beat en route to winning the title (Djokovic's last four matches were all vs top-15 seeds).

The “Big 4” (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray) have now won 33 of the last 34 Grand Slams (only other winner in that span: Juan Martin del Potro at 2009 US Open).

Djokovic’s defeat
This marked the first time that Djokovic lost a Grand Slam match in straight sets since the 2010 Wimbledon semis against Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic had his serve broken seven times during the match. He had it broken only six times at this year’s Wimbledon entering the Final.

Djokovic lost three of his last four Grand Slam Finals (6-5 overall in Grand Slam Finals).

This marked the sixth straight year that the No. 1 seed did not win Wimbledon.

The last was Roger Federer in 2007.

Did You Know
It took Murray eight appearances at Wimbledon to win his first title. The only mens' player to take longer was Goran Ivanisevic, who won in his 14th appearance in 2001.

Murray also became the first player to win his first Wimbledon title the year after reaching his first Final since John McEnroe in 1981.

Djokovic, Murray face big serves in semis

July, 3, 2013

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Andy Murray survived a five-set match, and will now face Jerzy Janowicz's big serve in the semis.

After a wild Wimbledon consisting of major early upsets and a handful of injury withdrawls, we’re still on pace for the top two seeds to meet in the gentlemen’s final.

But top-seed Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray won’t be playing their expected opponents. Murray was looking at a semifinal matchup against either third-seeded Roger Federer or fifth seed Rafael Nadal, but both lost in the first two rounds.

Instead, the top two seeds will get two men who have used their serves as weapons to reach the semifinals: Juan Martin del Potro and Jerzy Janowicz.

Here’s a look at the four men remaining for the title.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic
Djokovic needed a first-set tiebreaker, but ultimately won in straight sets to reach his 13th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, a streak that started at Wimbledon in 2010.

That’s the second-longest streak since 1925, falling behind only Roger Federer’s 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances, going from 2004 to 2010. The next longest streaks behind Djokovic were 10 straight, done by Ivan Lendl and Rod Laver.

Djokovic will next get del Potro. He’s undefeated in three career meetings with del Potro in Grand Slam matches, but lost to him in the bronze medal match at the 2012 Olympics, held on grass.

No. 2 Andy Murray
While Djokovic cruised in straight sets, Murray needed five sets to beat unseeded Fernando Verasco after dropping the first two sets.

It’s the seventh time in his career he’s come back from a two-set deficit, and the latest round he’s ever done it in. Only Federer has come back from more 2-0 deficits than Murray among active players, having done so eight times.

The key for Murray’s semifinal match vs Janowicz is his second serve. In losing the first two sets, Murray won just 38% of his second-serve points. He won 74% of those points in winning the final three sets.

No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro
Del Potro, like his semifinal opponent Djokovic, has yet to drop a set en route to the semis, and you can point to his serve to find out why.

Through his first five matches, del Potro has won 97 percent of his service games (73 of 75), the highest percentage of any man at Wimbledon this year (minimum 60 service games).

His serve might also be getting more effective. After winning less than 80 percent of points on his first serve in three of his first four matches, del Potro won 87 percent of his first-serve points in his quarterfinal win over David Ferrer.

No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz
Janowicz made history reaching the semifinal, becoming the first man from Poland to reach the semifinal of any Grand Slam.

Like, del Potro, Janowicz has capitalized on his serve to make it this far. But Janowicz is getting it done with aces. He has 94 aces through his five matches so far, not just the most among the men’s players, but 31 more than the second man on the list, Ivan Dodig.

For the tournament, 49% of Janowicz’s serves have been unreturned, tied with Kevin Anderson for the highest this year at Wimbledon.

Murray's Open win a first on multiple fronts

September, 10, 2012

The fifth time was a winner for Andy Murray, who finally won a Grand Slam event after losing his first four finals, defeating Novak Djokovic in a five-set marathon in the U.S. Open Men’s Finals.

Among the most interesting statistical notes and trends from this match:

Murray is the first player to win the U.S. Open and an Olympic gold medal in the same year and the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry won the 1936 U.S. Championship.

Murray won the first set tiebreak, 12-10. That's the longest tiebreak in terms of points in US Open Final history.

He’s the first player other than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic to win a Grand Slam title since Juan Martin del Potro at 2009 US Open.

The 4-hour, 54-minute match time is tied for longest in final in US Open history (Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl in 1988).

Murray joined del Potro as the only five-set winners in the U.S. Open Finals since 2000.

Top seeds do great things at Wimbledon

June, 19, 2011
When it comes to Wimbledon, the top players are usually on their games. Since Goran Ivanisevic won the tournament in 2001 as an unseeded wild card, every Wimbledon men’s singles winner has been a top-four seed.

So without further ado, here is what is at stake for this year’s top four -- Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Nadal will look to take the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year for the third time in his career (2008, 2010). Prior to Nadal pulling off the European Grand Slam double in 2008, no player had accomplished the feat since Bjorn Borg did it three straight years from 1978 to 1980.

Having just turned 25 years old, Nadal has two more Grand Slam titles than Federer did at the same age. A win on the grass would give Nadal 11 career Grand Slam titles, just five short of the Swiss great’s record.

Nadal must win Wimbledon or he will lose the No. 1 ranking to Djokovic -- the tournament’s 2-seed. Even if Nadal wins, Djokovic can take over the top spot if he reaches the final.

Despite never having won a grass tournament in his pro career, Djokovic comes in with a lot of confidence having won his first 41 matches of the year before losing in the French Open semifinals to Federer.

Speaking of Federer, the 3-seed can tie Pete Sampras and William Renshaw for most Wimbledon titles all time with seven if he’s able to turn back the clock.

Currently without a title in his past five Grand Slams, Federer’s drought is his longest since winning his first Slam at Wimbledon in 2003.

Perhaps the most pressure is on fourth-seeded Andy Murray. The Scot has reached the semifinals in each of the past two years at Wimbledon and three times has finished as a runner-up at a Grand Slam.

If Murray breaks through at Wimbledon, he’ll be the first British player to win at the All England Lawn Tennis Club since Fred Perry in 1936.