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What do the tennis stats really mean?

Updated: April 27, 2012, 11:10 AM ET
By Peter Bodo

I've been messing around with tennis statistics lately. The sport has come a very long way in a relatively short time in that area, given that it's a global game with a baffling amount of data (with up to 128 players to track at even a single Grand Slam) -- along with a history of indifference to the art of statistics-based record-keeping.

Nobody would ever confuse tennis with baseball, the sport in which statistics have become an almost romantic dimension of the game. But the volume of ...

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