Roger Federer may not have the biggest serve in tennis but the Swiss legend comes ahead when it comes to holding serve while serving with new balls on hard courts in the past five years. According to a study by Infosys ATP Insights, Federer has lost serve only 11 times out of 203 service games on hard court in the past five years when serving with new balls.
That translates to a success ratio of 94.58%. The Swiss is followed by Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who is at 94.01% and Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who is at 93.79%, according to the ATP Tour website. The top five best performers holding serve with new balls on hard (minimum 20 attempts) in the past five seasons are as follows - 1.
Roger Federer = 94.58% (192/203)
2. Ivo Karlovic = 94.01% (157/167)
3. Nick Kyrgios = 93.79% (166/177)
4. Reilly Opelka = 93.24% (69/74)
5. John Isner = 92.24% (214/232) On grass, Canada's Milos Raonic is at a 100% when it comes to serving with new balls, leading over Karlovic, who is in second place and Matteo Berrettini, who comes in third place.
1. Milos Raonic = 100% (64/64)
2. Ivo Karlovic = 98.31% (58/59)
3. Matteo Berrettini = 95.45% (21/22)
4. Kevin Anderson = 94.92% (56/59)
5. Marin Cilic = 94.74% (54/57) Meanwhile, on clay courts, it is American John Isner, who has held 95.24% of the time, leading ahead of South African Kevin Anderson and South Korea's Hyeon Chung.
1. John Isner = 95.24% (60/63)
2. Kevin Anderson = 93.75% (45/48)
3. Hyeon Chung = 91.43% (32/35)
4. Steve Johnson = 91.07% (51/56)
5. Juan Ignacio Londero = 89.47% (34/38)