ATP ANALYSIS: Querrey and Karlovic blast 73 service winners in sprint match

Tennis - Two giant servers completed two-tie break match in just 79 minutes

by Jovica Ilic
ATP ANALYSIS: Querrey and Karlovic blast 73 service winners in sprint match

A few weeks ago we wrote about super fast Challenger match on the indoor hard court between Vasek Pospisil and Mats Moraing (read it HERE) that Canadian won 7-6 7-6 in an hour and 25 minutes. We talked about the crucial elements required to wrap up the encounter with two tie breaks in such a short amount of time and they were well-depicted in the quarter-final match of the ATP 250 event in New York between Sam Querrey and Ivo Karlovic.

Namely, two big servers managed to complete a 7-6 7-6 match in a staggering 79 minutes and it will certainly enter the fastest match of the season contest. Sam prevailed in a hard-fought battle that saw only 139 points in total (Vasek and Mats played 149) and one could miss a game only by blinking, that's how fast things developed on the court.

Sam served at 80% and Ivo was on 70% which gave them the freedom to play in a full throttle from start to finish, rattling one commanding hold after another and leaving returners almost with no chance at all. Querrey was especially good, dropping just six points on his serve while he won 16 points on the return, which lead us to 22 points for the returners in the entire encounter, or less than 16%.

Karlovic saved two break points in the opening set and despite that he performed great behind his initial shot to stay neck and neck with Sam all the time. In the end, the American had more winners from the field (24-14), dominating with his forehand, fewer unforced errors (7-11) and forced errors (4-5) and he kept his focus on a high level in both tie breaks to bring the match home in straight sets and reach the semis.

They had 73 service winners in total (that gives a much better picture than 15-11 in aces) 39 for Ivo and 34 for Sam, and that was the crucial factor in closing the match in under 80 minutes, with no action or rally in more than 52% of the points.

In addition, the scoreboard was fast and fluid, and the returner failed to win more than a point in 21 out of 24 games (13 games kicked off with a service winner and 14 were finished in an identical way)! Just two games reached deuce when Karlovic had to save those break points and he did that in the quickest possible way with service winners.

Both players wasted no time between serves and that also reduced the overall time of the match, making no long breaks between the first and second serve. Almost 85% of the points landed in the shortest department with a maximum number of four shots and Sam had a 67-51 advantage in them, which gave him the win.

Ivo grabbed 13 out of 20 mid-range points with five to eight strokes and the only point that reached the ninth shot went to Sam's side. It will be interesting to see if we could get a faster two-tie break set in the rest of the season but it will be hard to match these numbers that Ivo and Sam delivered on the black indoor hard court in New York, well worth of detailed analysis.

Point by point result and the number of shots in the rallies:


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