The performance of the 32 seeds at the US Open visualized

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Pre-tournament favorite Rafael Nadal overcame Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open 2013 yesterday to win his 13th Grand Slam title and 2nd US Open. We dove into the statistics to look where the top players were successful.

The treemap visualization displays the total number of tournament aces and double faults. Raonic leads the way with 104 total aces followed by Isner, Wawrinka, Lopez and Querrey. Despite serving the most tournament aces, out of these top 5, only Wawrinka made it past the 4th round and Isner, Lopez and Querrey all exited in the first week of the tournament. Therefore perhaps we can conclude that a fast serve can only take you so far and is not such an effective strength against some of the stronger players.

As oppose to going for the big serve, Nadal appears to have had success playing a high percentages game. The bar chart shows that although he has a good number of winners per set (10.13), this is by no means one of the most. However, when coupled with the relatively few unforced errors per set (6.52) we start to see why Nadal is so difficult to play against. The bubble chart also shows Nadal gets a high percentage of his first serves in (66.86%) and he has the best percentage of second service points won out of any of the seeds (62.57%).

The column chart at the bottom of the dashboard shows Nadal also really excelled in the return game. On average he broke opponents 1.74 times per set, the most out of any of the 32 seeds.

One obvious anomaly in the statistics is Benoit Paire, who leads all of the seeds with his average of 17.2 winners per set. He also had a reasonably consistent serve and hit a large number of aces (29) for someone who only played one match, albeit a 5 set encounter. The Frenchman can therefore perhaps count himself a bit unlucky to fall to Alex Bogomoloc Jr. in the first round.

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