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What has been the fastest match of 2016 Challenger Tour?

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by Jovica Ilic

Tennis - Detailed analyze of the match between Mirza Basic and Nicolas Almagro that was finished in under 2 hours despite a 5-7 7-6 7-6 result

Open Castilla y Leon, a Challenger event in Segovia, Spain, has been a part of the Challenger Tour since 1991 (Nadal won it 2003), and since then it grew into a very organized tournament, with one of the most beautiful courts in the whole calendar. Also, it has been known for its very fast outdoor hard surface, and this year we saw one astonishingly quick match! Namely, Mirza Basic prevailed over Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-final, by 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(4) in just an hour and 53 minutes, which is very hard to achieve on the fast indoor surface or even grass. Last year, we chose Dustin Brown and Gianluca Mager from Brescia as the fastest match of the Challenger Tour in 2015 (read more about that HERE), but that was played on a sick-fast indoor court, in the much different conditions than here in Segovia. Still, this Spanish town is located 1000 meters above the sea level, and it was clear after just a few points that the ball was flying over the court in the much faster manner than in some usual outdoor hard court, and it was really hard to estimate the pace of the ball or to control it. 

To complete the match with such a big number of games in under 2 hours, there has to be a lot of service winners, which we saw from both players, and to keep the rallies on a minimum number of shots throughout the match. As we said, with a lack of air, the ball was traveling very fast, limiting the player's time for reaction, and it was very hard to see a rally with 10 or more shots. Besides many free points directly from the serve, there were some nice groundstrokes winners as well, but also a vast number of errors, as they were unable to find a rhythm. In addition, line judges had troubles to make calls, with some questionable decisions on both sides and that affected player's concentration and focus. In addition, there were some kids playing and screaming very close to the court, and it was hard to keep the attention. Sometimes, no matter how fast the pace is, the encounter could be prolonged with long games and a big number of deuces. That wasn't the case in this one, with only 7 deuces in 36 games, and 8 break points in total! For a start, let's see the number of shots in every rally, and some interesting facts that led to such a fast match. 


I set: 

1. Basic (1-0) : 15-0(2) 30-0(1) 40-0(2) Game(2)
2. Almagro (1-1) : 15-0(2) 30-0(1) 30-15(3) 40-15(1) 40-30(1) Game(2)
3. Basic (2-1) : 15-0(4) 30-0(2) 30-15(8) 40-15(6) Game(2)
4. Almagro (2-2) : 15-0(2) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) 40-15(3) Game(2)
5. Basic (3-2) : 15-0(4) 30-0(4) 40-0(2) 40-15(5) Game(2)
6. Almagro (3-3) : 15-0(7) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) Game(1)
7. Basic (4-3) : 0-15(3) 15-15(10) 30-15(3) 30-30(1) 40-30(12) Deuce(7) Adv. Basic (2) Game(2)
8. Almagro (4-4) : 15-0(1) 15-15(6) 30-15(2) 30-30(3) 40-30(1) Deuce(3) Adv. Basic(9) Deuce(1) Adv. Almagro(1) Game(1)
9. Basic (5-4) : 0-15(9) 15-15(2) 15-30(3) 15-40(5) 30-40(1) Deuce(4) Adv. Basic(2) Game(2)
10. Almagro (5-5) : 15-0(1) 30-0(2) 40-0(1) Game(1)
11. Basic (5-6) : 15-0(6) 15-15(3) 15-30(3) 30-30(7) 30-40(4) Deuce(3) Adv. Almagro(15) Break(3)
12. Almagro (5-7) : 15-0(?) 30-0(2) 40-0(2) Game(1)


II set: 

1. Basic (1-0) : 0-15(4) 15-15(2) 30-15(1) 30-30(7) 40-30(2) Game(2)
2. Almagro (1-1) : 15-0(3) 15-15(3) 30-15(4) 40-15(4) Game(1)
3. Basic (1-2) : 15-0(2) 15-15(3) 15-30(9) 30-30(12) 30-40(4) Break(9)
4. Almagro (2-2) : 0-15(3) 15-15(1) 15-30(1) 15-40(7) 30-40(2) Break(4)
5. Basic (3-2) : 15-0(4) 30-0(1) 40-0(2) 40-15(3) 40-30(5) Game(2)
6. Almagro (3-3) : 15-0(4) 30-0(1) 40-0(3) Game(1)
7. Basic (4-3) : 15-0(4) 30-0(2) 30-15(4) 30-30(7) 40-30(6) Game(3)
8. Almagro (4-4) : 15-0(1) 15-15(5) 30-15(1) 40-15(2) 40-30(1) Game(3)
9. Basic (5-4) : 15-0(1) 15-15(2) 15-30(3) 30-30(4) 40-30(3) Deuce(3) Adv. Basic(8) Game(2)
10. Almagro (5-5) : 15-0(1) 30-0(1) 30-15(1) 40-15(1) Game(7)
11. Basic (6-5) : 15-0(8) 30-0(4) 40-0(2) 40-15(1) 40-30(2) Deuce(8) Adv. Basic(4) Game(2)
12. Almagro (6-6) : 15-0(2) 30-0(2) 40-0(2) Game(1)
TB: 1-0(17) 1-1(2) 2-1(7) 3-1(6) 4-1(6) 5-1(1) 5-2(2) 6-2(2) 6-3(3) 6-4(1) 6-5(2) 7-5(2)


III set : 

1. Almagro (1-0) : 15-0(2) 15-15(5) 30-15(2) 40-15(2) Game(2)
2. Basic (1-1) : 15-0(2) 15-15(3) 30-15(2) 30-30(7) 40-30(4) Game(8)
3. Almagro (2-1) : 15-0(6) 30-0(2) 40-0(1) Game(2)
4. Basic (2-2) : 15-0(4) 30-0(1) 40-0(4) 40-15(1) Game(16)
5. Almagro (3-2) : 15-0(5) 30-0(4) 40-0(1) Game(1)
6. Basic (3-3) : 15-0(2) 30-0(8) 40-0(2) 40-15(4) Game(3)
7. Almagro (4-3) : 15-0(6) 15-15(5) 30-15(3) 40-15(1) 40-30(7) Game(1)
8. Basic (4-4) : 0-15(5) 15-15(6) 30-15(2) 40-15(8) Game(7)
9. Almagro (5-4) : 15-0(2) 30-0(6) 40-0(2) Game(3)
10. Basic (5-5) : 15-0(8) 30-0(6) 40-0(8) Game(2)
11. Almagro (6-5) : 15-0(3) 30-0(7) 40-0(2) Game(1)
12. Basic (6-6) : 15-0(2) 30-0(13) 40-0(2) Game(3)
TB: 1-0(2) 1-1(8) 2-1(3) 3-1(2) 3-2(4) 3-3(10) 3-4(4) 3-5(8) 4-5(3) 4-6(4) 4-7(6) 


* There were mind-blowing 98 service winners (Almagro 60, Basic 38) which is 44,5% of a total number of points. For example, Ivanisevic and Rafter in 2001 Wimbledon final were on 43%. Out of the first 9 points, 8 were finished with a service winner, which pretty much set the tone for the whole match

* Also, in 32 games they played only 7 deuces, which means that the games flowed fluently, and there were just 8 break points

* One point wasn't recorded (it was a short one as well), but in the other 219, almost 75% were ended with 4 shots or less. Only 12 points (5,4%) lasted more than 8 strokes, and here is the list with a total number of points per rally length:

1-4 shots: 164
5-8 shots: 43
9-12 shots: 8
13+ shots: 4

* 5 longest points of the match had 17, 16, 15, 13, and 12 strokes

* The average number of shots per point was 3,59 and that is very fast for the match played on outdoor hard court (for example, that's faster than any match played at 2016 World Tour Finals)

 

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Nicolas
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