No secret to top players' success

Top-ranked players in tennis execute their serves better than anyone else on tour

Originally Published: December 1, 2013
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

Tennis players know it's important to get their first serve in, but for some it's more important than others.

There's usually a significant difference in how often players win the point when they get in their stronger first serves as opposed to a more cautious second serve. Statistics kept by the ATP show that for this year, Milos Raonic led the tour in the percentage of first serve points won at 82 percent, and Novak Djokovic was on top for second serve points won with 60 percent -- a ...

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