What has been the fastest match of the Challenger tour in 2015?

Tennis - Dustin Brown and Gianluca Mager brought us back to the ´90s in the first round of Brescia tournament

by Jovica Ilic
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What has been the fastest match of the Challenger tour in 2015?

Unique Dustin Brown beat Gianluca Mager in first round of Brescia Challenger by 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3, which by itself is not very strange. But, when we know the match with this scoreline (32 games in total) lasted only 82 minutes, then it's for sure something to talk about! Ultra fast brave tennis can unfortunately be seen only on Indoor Challenger events these days, where people who loved tennis from '90s can enjoy and bring back memories to some older days.

Brown and Mager played that kind of match, with serve as dominant weapon and extremely short rallies after it, in those rare occasions we saw rallies of course. Brown won first set 6-4 with one break of serve after only 21 minutes, they needed just 36 minutes of effective play to finish second set tie break and 22 minutes for 9 games in third set.

Few factors led to incredibly short match consisting of 3 sets and a tie-break, and it will all be much clearer when we see scoreline with number of shots in every point, presented in parenthesis (breaks of serve and mini breaks are in bold).

I set : 1. Mager (1-0) : 15-0(2) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) Game(1)
2. Brown (1-1) : 15-0(1) 30-0(11) 40-0(2) Game(1)
3. Mager (2-1) : 15-0(2) 30-0(4) 40-0(1) 40-15(1) 40-30(1) Game(4)
4. Brown (2-2) : 15-0(4) 15-15(3) 30-15(1) 40-15(4) Game(3)
5.

Mager (2-3) : 0-15(3) 0-30(3) 15-30(3) 15-40(4) 30-40(2) Break(1)
6. Brown (2-4) : 15-0(1) 30-0(1) 40-0(3) Game(1)
7. Mager (3-4) : 15-0(4) 15-15(2) 30-15(2) 40-15(4) Game(2)
8. Brown (3-5) : 15-0(2) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) Game(2)
9.

Mager (4-5) : 15-0(1) 30-0(2) 40-0(1) Game(2)
10. Brown (4-6) : 15-0(1) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) Game(1) II set : 1. Mager (1-0) : 15-0(2) 30-0(2) 40-0(2) Game(2)
2. Brown (1-1) : 15-0(3) 30-0(1) 40-0(2) Game(1)
3. Mager (2-1) : 15-0(3) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) Game(4)
4.

Brown (2-2) : 15-0(2) 30-0(1) 30-15(3) 30-30(3) 40-30(2) Game(2)
5. Mager (3-2) : 15-0(1) 15-15(5) 30-15(3) 30-30(5) 40-30(12) Game(1)
6. Brown (3-3) : 15-0(7) 30-0(1) 40-0(1) Game(1)
7. Mager (4-3) : 15-0(6) 30-0(6) 40-0(1) Game(2)
8.

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

Brown (6-6) : 15-0(4) 30-0(1) 40-0(3) Game(1)
TB : 1-0(6) 1-1(1) 2-1(5) 3-1(1) 3-2(5) 3-3(1) 4-3(1) 5-3(2) 6-3(7) 7-3(1) III set : 1. Brown (1-0) : 15-0(1) 30-0(3) 30-15(4) 40-15(2) Game(3)
2. Mager (1-1) : 15-0(3) 30-0(6) 30-15(3) 40-15(2) Game(3)
3.

Brown (2-1) : 15-0(2) 30-0(2) 40-0(2) 40-15(3) Game(2)
4. Mager (3-1) : 0-15(3) 15-15(3) 15-30(5) 30-30(7) 30-40(13) Deuce(6) Adv. Brown(8) Break(8)
5. Brown (4-1) : 15-0(1) 30-0(2) 40-0(1) Game(1)
6. Mager (4-2) : 0-15(4) 15-15(2) 30-15(2) 40-15(3) Game(1)
7.

Brown (5-2) : 0-15(3) 15-15(2) 30-15(3) 40-15(2) Game(4)
8. Mager (5-3) : 15-0(4) 15-15(1) 30-15(5) 40-15(2) Game(4)
9. Brown (6-3) : 15-0(2) 30-0(2) 30-15(3) 40-15(2) Game(2) * Only 2 deuces were seen, and that is a starting point to explain why the match was so fast.

No matter how short are the points, match can sometimes be extended by bigger fight in games, for example with 4 or 5 deuces in few of them. That was not the case in this one obviously. * Majority of points was won in the quickest way, by service winner.

Out of 163 points in total, 85 finished after unreturned service (52%), as they had 17 service winners in a row at the end of first and start of second set! Player failed to hit ace or service winner in only one game, it was Mager in the 4th game of third set, when he got broken in the end.

In 6 occasions server needed only 4 shots to finish the game, as returner failed to catch any of the 4 services. * There were 5 break points in total but otherwise in huge number of game (25 out of 31 without tie break) server realized first game point, to keep the games as short as possible, without further struggle.

* We saw 72 returns of serve, but points finished very quickly after that. 86,5% of all points ended after maximum number of 4 shots, which means crowd witnessed 22 proper rallies in entire match. 19 lasted between 5 and 8 shots, with 3 longest points had 11, 12 and 13 strokes.

Since the middle of second game, players started string of 59 consecutive points with maximum 4 shots, ended only in 5th game of second set! 1-4 shots: 141
5-8 shots: 19
9+ shots: 3 * In the end, Dustin Brown contribute to make this match faster with 2 more features.

First of all, he barely made any pause between two services, regardless if it was first or second. He usually needed to wait a little bit for Mager to settle and prepare for return, with Dreddy was already in position to serve.

Unlike some other players, he didn't need towel or anything else, using maximum 2 or 3 seconds between first and second serve. Also, it was his style of play that kept points on minimum number of shots, for one simple reason.

27 times he played shot after the serve, all of them with amazing volleys deep inside the court, cutting every chance for longer rallies. In all the points on his serve only 3 times he went beyond the 4th stroke, second point of his first service game (11 shots) and two more with 7 and 5 respectively ALSO READ: Stefan Edberg: ´I´ll always feel part of the Roger Federer team´

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