A date demonstrates how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, two of the three players currently with 20 Grand Slam titles (the other is of course Roger Federer), are the points of reference about returns: neutralizing effectiveness and the power of the opponent's serve is a weapon of fundamental importance to bring the exchange in one's favor and win it, even more so in these years in which the serve has become indispensable to obtain satisfactory results in tournaments.
According to the statistics, relating to the 52 weeks, including all the matches played by each player and on each surface, the Spaniard is the most effective athlete in response on the circuit, ahead of the number one in the world ranking (171.2), with a score overall of 175.9.
Also on the podium is the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, not far from Nole. Followed by the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the talented Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, fifth. Federico Coria and the Iberian Roberto Bautista Agut precede the South Tyrolean Jannik Sinner, who also showed in 2021 his great ability to respond to any type of service.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the most effective returns
The Swede Mikael Ymer and the Chilean Cristian Garin closed the top ten. The German, third in the ranking, Alexander Zverev occupies the 17th position, ahead of the Norwegian Casper Ruud, while the Greek Tsitsipas finished 26th.
Interesting how big servers are (of course) far behind: you have to go down to 68th place to find the blue Matteo Berrettini; even at the bottom and behind all the Americans Reilly Opelka and John Isner. Really important numbers those obtained by Rafa Nadal during the year: the native of Manacor won 36.1% of exchanges after a first serve by his rival.
The percentage rises to 56.7 with a second. The Spaniard, in response, managed to win 36.9% of the games and exploited a break point almost once in two (46.2). Compared to the king of clay, the Serbian has all had lower figures, even if he can boast many more games played. We recall that the presence of the two champions in Australian is still in doubt.