Djokovic and the art of paying the ball

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Novak Djokovic is regarded as the best paying player of the current fleece, thanks to reflexes, judgment and focus during the critical moment.

The delivery is a lightning weapon in tennis. ATP players usually deliver the ball at a speed of about 190 km/h, which is 53 m/s. Tennis courts are nearly 24m long, which means that the players are usually only half a second to pay for delivery. The tennis player pays well to know the direction of the ball, which moves flexibly to bounce the ball in the field.

The delivery was one of Djokovic's top-tier weapons. Photo: Reuters.

The delivery was one of Djokovic’s top-tier weapons. Photo: Reuters.

According to statistics of Infosys, Djokovic earned the highest scoring odds in the top pitch, up to 52%. That is, every time you bounce a ball into the pitch, you stand 52% of the chances of winning. Dominic Thiem said: “If you don’t deliver the ball extremely well before Djokovic, I’ll have to polish it with him”.

Since 2018, the odds of Djokovic’s pay-per-point goal was 33.5%, with only poor Rafael Nadal with 34.7%. Serbian player’s payout (break) rate was up to 31.2%, only behind Diego Schwartzman (31.8%) and Nadal (34.9%). On average, three rival games delivered, Djokovic won the break.

The way of payment has changed over the last several dozen years. The core is in a preparatory posture, when contemporary players stand wide-legged and lower their focus. The modern posture helps the players to store more energy, while reflexes faster with the ball line. This posture requires the player to develop leg muscle bundles, subject to pressure from low focus. Today’s tennis is increasingly focused on the fitness, the players benefit from that posture.

Federer's return preparation is 2002 (left) and 2018 (right). In the right photo, Federer is a wide leg and bowed to him.

Federer’s return preparation is 2002 (left) and 2018 (right). In the right photo, Federer is a wide leg and bowed to him. Screen shot.

Djokovic is no exception. He owns the best footwork (ATP), with flexible and supple legs. Djokovic is usually twice as wide as the shoulder length, with maximum focus on the balloon. As with any of the other players, Djokovic began to take the leg of the momentum as his opponent hit the ball, then the legs turned up slightly to create momentum moving to the sides.

The preparedness of Djokovic's return.  Photo: NYTimes.

The preparedness of Djokovic’s return.  Photo: NYTimes.

He jumps under the red arrow, when the ball hits the racket. Photo: NYTimes.

He jumps under the red arrow, when the ball hits the racket. Photo: NYTimes.

Upon grounding, Djokovic rotated his neck and leg, accumulating focus toward the polishing. Photo: NYTimes.

Upon grounding, Djokovic rotated his neck and leg, accumulating focus toward the polishing. Photo: NYTimes.

The difference between Djokovic and other players lies in the ability to judge when he jumps. The 33-year-old player not only jumps, but jumps to the sides, depending on how he judges the ball. According to sports expert Mark Kovacs, Djokovic reads the ball in just a few percent of the seconds. “The majority of players are not reflected in the delivery line”, Kovacs tells NYTimes Months 9/2018. “They reflected in the direction of the delivery of the person’s body. The most well-handed players possess the best judgment “.

Djokovic studied statistics to study the tendency to deliver the opponent’s balloon in a specific moment, from the way of launching to the movement of the racket. He looks at the posture of hips, rivals, and then guesses what they will do, such as when the ratio is 30-40. These details help Djokovic predict how the opponent will deliver, with a straight or swirl trajectory. “Players like Djokovic knew what would happen, before it happened,” Kovacs added.

At the final of Wimbledon 2019, Federer was delivered and only won a championship point. Swiss players earned two such opportunities. In the first one, he delivered to the T-corner, while Djokovic judged backwards. But, the shadows reticular. In Federer’s next one, Djokovic jumps to the right when the new ball hits the opponent’s racket only. This time Djokovic guessed right and paid the ball in the field. Federer heats up the grid and let opponents hit the pitch scoring.

When the ball hits Federer, Djokovic jumps over to his right, ready to pay.

When the ball hits Federer, Djokovic jumps to his right, sPay the delivery.

Djokovic was also in the right direction for Federer when he won break in that game. When the ball hits the opponent racket, the Serbian player always moves on either side. Federer is not always. In the next game, Swiss players were many times before the intersection of Djokovic.

When the ball hits the racket Djokovic, Federer jumps on the spot. This phase Djokovic handed over to the opponent's hand. Federer strenuous moves the ball. After several hits on the racket, Federer was forced to cut short shadows and let Djokovic score up 40-0.

When the ball hits the racket Djokovic, Federer jumps on the spot. This phase Djokovic handed over to the opponent’s hand. Federer strenuous moves the ball. After several hits on the racket, Federer was forced to cut short and left Djokovic score 40-0.

Another key point to Djokovic’s outstanding achievement in the return is a ball point. He rarely pays for scoring purposes, by bringing the ball closer to the rope. This way is often used by Andre Agassi in the years 90 of the previous century. At the same time, the majority of players use natural wire racket instead of the current poly freight. Unlike Agassi, Djokovic paid around between the net and the field last. The ball often falls towards the opponent’s left hand. Djokovic strictly adheres to this tactic. Because when the prize was delivered, he was not afraid to polish with anyone.

Prussia dropped the ball every day when Djokovic paid a shadow. Conspicuous shadows often fall in the middle of the pitch, chaff to the left. Due largely to the right-handed ATP player, Djokovic often presses the opponent as soon as he returns.

Prussia dropped the ball every day when Djokovic paid a shadow. Conspicuous shadows often fall in the middle of the pitch, chaff to the left. Due largely to the right-handed ATP player, Djokovic often presses the opponent as soon as he returns.

The competition is a supplementary weapon for the return of Djokovic. After the excavation of Federer in Wimbledon 2019, Serbian players said: “Federer is too good. I was hard to read his trades during the match. But I always try not to lose trust in myself. I kept calm, trying to bounce back in the yard. The more I fell into the difficult moment, the more I had to automate myself. In all three series of tie-breaks, I have the best possible “.

Djokovic won Federer for 7 – 6 (5), 1 – 6, 7 – 6 (4), 4 – 6, 13 – 12 (3) and the fifth time of Wimbledon Championship. But the battle was not Djokovic’s best-performing in the final of a Grand Slam last year.

Djokovic’s return was peaking at the final of the 2019 Australian Open, before Nadal. On his way to the finals, Nadal won 66 consecutive games, thanks to positive adjustments on the ball. But before Djokovic, Spanish players lost the year in 13 games delivered. Nadal lost in two hours, with a 3-6, 2-6, 3-6 ratio.

Djokovic lower Nadal in the final Australian Open 2019 not only thanks to the excellent return, but also to counter the opponent's return tactics.

Djokovic lower Nadal in the final Australian Open 2019 not only thanks to the excellent return, but also to counter the opponent’s return tactics.

Nadal is also regarded as one of the most well-paid tennis players in ATP. Statistics show that “Clay King” does not inferior to Djokovic at important indices. Nadal’s method is to stand deep behind the pitch, at more than six meters and out of camera vision. Normally, the players just behind the rope from one to two meters. Nadal does so to have more time to bounce, and can hit the ball at lower altitude. He returns with swirl and power to the end of the opponent’s pitch. Not all players are well enough to pay far and accurately as Nadal.

But Nadal’s tactics have drawbacks, such as he is prone to a low-hand player near the grid. Another intersection that counter Nadal’s defensive approach was the intersection of two marginal, with lighter forces. Djokovic often handed the ball to a velocity of about 190 km/h. But when hitting Nadal, the Serbian player delivered about 170 km/h. Once he was charged far from the net and deflected to the border, Nadal was harder to return to the defensive position for subsequent hits. This method was used by Djokovic in the final Australian 2019 expansion, as well as other competitors.

Djokovic’s tactical return has yet to reveal a weak point. In 2019, the percentage of Serbia’s break-point win was up to 49%. There are two chances to win the break, he wins a game intersection of opponents.

John Isner is the best tennis player in ATP, with live score (ACE) rates for the last one year with 25.4%. On average four phases of a balloon, a 2-player tall, 08m scored ace.  His winning odds were also highest in the past two years, respectively 93.6% and 94.1%. When asked about the best paying players, Isner told Espn March 9/2018: “Djokovic is number one, number two and three. He’s the best deal I’ve ever faced. “

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