Infosys analysis: Best performers at AO 2021

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Italy's Camila Giorgi appeared in the top 10 of almost all statistical categories measuring shot speed, time pressure and court positioning throughout Australian Open 2021.

According to insights powered by Infosys, Giorgi averaged the fastest second-serve and backhand speeds of all women at this year's tournament at Melbourne Park, and applied the greatest time pressure to opponents from both her forehand and backhand wing.

Another powerful performer was American Reilly Opelka, who topped men's leaderboards ranking the fastest average and maximum first-serve speeds, and maximum forehand speeds.

Find out below who performed the strongest in 11 different statistical categories. 

 

Fastest average first serve speed

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Reilly Opelka 210.9 Polona Hercog 180.9
2 Alexander Zverev 210.6 Danka Kovinic 180.0
3 Matteo Berrettini 208.5 Coco Gauff 179.7
4 Alexander Bublik 207.1 Aryna Sabalenka 179.6
5 Kevin Anderson 207.1 Naomi Osaka 179.4
6 Sam Querrey 205.6 Rebecca Marino 178.2
7 Jiri Vesely 205.4 Donna Vekic 176.1
8 Milos Raonic 205.1 Elena Rybakina 175.7
9 Maxime Cressy 202.9 Camila Giorgi 175.3
10 Daniil Medvedev 202.7 Jennifer Brady 175.3

 

Fastest maximum first serve speed

(players could feature only once)

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Reilly Opelka 240.3 Serena Williams 203.0
2 Milos Raonic 235.3 Naomi Osaka 200.8
3 Alexander Zverev 231.1 Aryna Sabalenka 199.2
4 Taylor Fritz 230.7 Coco Gauff 196.1
5 Matteo Berrettini 230.5 Olga Danilovic 196.0
6 Alexander Bublik 226.9 Rebecca Marino 195.6
7 Nick Kyrgios 224.6 Paula Badosa 193.8
8 Jiri Vesely 224.2 Timea Babos 193.1
9 Tommy Paul 223.7 Camila Giorgi 192.2
10 Frances Tiafoe 223.6 Kristyna Pliskova 191.6

 

Fastest average second serve speed

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Maxime Cressy 193.0 Camila Giorgi 159.3
2 Kevin Anderson 178.6 Aryna Sabalenka 157.0
3 Milos Raonic 177.6 Polona Hercog 148.1
4 Mario Vilella Martínez 176.7 Petra Kvitova 146.7
5 Reilly Opelka 174.1 Irina-Camelia Begu 145.8
6 Jiri Vesely 172.8 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 145.6
7 Alexander Zverev 171.0 Olga Danilovic 145.3
8 Sam Querrey 169.5 Donna Vekic 145.2
9 Jeremy Chardy 169.4 Patricia-Maria Tig 144.9
10 Aslan Karatsev 169.0 Ekaterina Alexandrova 144.8

 

Fastest average forehand speed

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Nikoloz Basilashvili 132.7 Veronika Kudermetova 123.3
2 Marin Cilic 129.7 Liudmila Samsonova 123.0
3 Botic van de Zandschulp 129.4 Jennifer Brady 122.0
4 Soon-woo Kwon 128.9 Camila Giorgi 121.6
5 Norbert Gombos 128.3 Arantxa Rus 121.5
6 Andreas Seppi 127.6 Danka Kovinic 120.9
7 Aslan Karatsev 127.6 Maria Sakkari 120.9
8 Reilly Opelka 127.4 Bernarda Pera 120.6
9 Jan-Lennard Struff 127.0 Kaia Kanepi 120.6
10 Guido Pella 126.5 Katie Boulter 120.3

 

Fastest maximum forehand speed

(players could feature only once)

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Reilly Opelka 169.5 Arantxa Rus 158.6
2 Alexei Popyrin 168.2 Kaia Kanepi 156.2
3 Nick Kyrgios 167.6 Olga Danilovic 155.2
4 Casper Ruud 167.3 Kristina Mladenovic 154.5
5 Matteo Berrettini 166.5 Donna Vekic 154.1
6 Alex Bolt 166.4 Maria Sakkari 152.5
7 Laslo Djere 166.1 Iga Swiatek 152.4
8 Aslan Karatsev 166.0 Sloane Stephens 152.3
9 Vasek Pospisil 165.5 Jennifer Brady 151.5
10 Hubert Hurkacz 164.8 Veronika Kudermetova 151.1

 

Fastest average backhand speed

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Nikoloz Basilashvili 128.1 Camila Giorgi 116.9
2 Pedro Sousa 120.9 Bernarda Pera 116.0
3 Aslan Karatsev 120.1 Aryna Sabalenka 115.9
4 Norbert Gombos 119.8 Elena Rybakina 115.4
5 Jannik Sinner 119.4 Ajla Tomljanovic 115.0
6 John Millman 118.0 Coco Gauff 114.7
7 Borna Coric 117.6 Liudmila Samsonova 114.5
8 Gianluca Mager 117.5 Rebecca Marino 113.9
9 Dominik Koepfer 116.3 Ana Bogdan 113.8
10 Ugo Humbert 116.0 Anastasia Potapova 113.2

 

Fastest maximum backhand speed

(players could feature only once)

  MEN Speed (km/h) WOMEN Speed (km/h)
1 Denis Shapovalov 163.2 Ana Bogdan 147.4
2 Nikoloz Basilashvili 161.0 Camila Giorgi 147.2
3 Rafael Nadal 156.6 Ajla Tomljanovic 146.7
4 Pierre-Hugues Herbert 154.9 Aryna Sabalenka 145.3
5 Grigor Dimitrov 154.3 Liudmila Samsonova 143.1
6 Alexander Zverev 153.9 Bianca Andreescu 143.0
7 Stan Wawrinka 153.8 Marta Kostyuk 142.6
8 Alexei Popyrin 153.5 Arantxa Rus 142.2
9 Fobio Fognini 153.0 Olga Danilovic 142.1
10 Dominic Thiem 150.7 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 141.7

 

Highest average time pressure (forehands)

Time pressure is measured as the time taken for the ball to travel past the net.

  MEN Time (ms) WOMEN Time (ms)
1 Marin Cilic 410 Camila Giorgi 431
2 Sam Querrey 416 Venus Williams 456
3 Kevin Anderson 430 Bernarda Pera 458
4 Ricardas Berankis 434 Katie Boulter 459
5 Botic van de Zandschulp 436 Veronika Kudermetova 462
6 Jan-Lennard Struff 436 Nina Stojanovic 465
7 Aslan Karatsev 437 Alison Van Uytvanck 466
8 Andrey Rublev 438 Kaia Kanepi 467
9 Nikoloz Basilashvili 438 Rebecca Marino 467
10 Norbert Gombos 438 Arina Rodionova 469

 

Highest average time pressure (backhands)

Time pressure is measured as the time taken for the ball to travel past the net.

  MEN Time (ms) WOMEN Time (ms)
1 Taro Daniel 458 Camila Giorgi 440
2 Nikoloz Basilashvili 459 Belinda Bencic 472
3 John Millman 466 Bernarda Pera 472
4 Ugo Humbert 467 Andrea Petkovic 477
5 Aslan Karatsev 470 Aryna Sabalenka 477
6 Yannick Hanfmann 477 Elena Rybakina 479
7 Juan-Ignacio Londero 481 Aliaksandra Sasnovich 484
8 Norbert Gombos 481 Naomi Osaka 484
9 Sam Querrey 481 Ekaterina Alexandrova 486
10 Marin Cilic 484 Jil Teichmann 486

 

Most attacking average impact location (forehands)

A negative value indicates the ball was on average impacted inside the baseline.

  MEN Metres from b/line WOMEN Metres from b/line
1 Sam Querrey -0.15 Alison Van Uytvanck -0.25
2 Maxime Cressy -0.01 Belinda Bencic 0.06
3 Li Tu 0.25 Kirsten Flipkens 0.13
4 Taro Daniel 0.25 Elisabetta Cocciaretto 0.22
5 Quentin Halys 0.28 Viktoria Kuzmova  0.24
6 Kevin Anderson 0.34 Venus Williams 0.25
7 Marin Cilic 0.34 Camila Giorgi 0.28
8 Aljaz Bedene 0.43 Andrea Petkovic 0.29
9 Jordan Thompson 0.43 Sorana Cirstea 0.29
10 Ricardas Berankis 0.43 Leylah Fernandez 0.30

 

Most attacking average impact location (backhands)

A negative value indicates the ball was on average impacted inside the baseline.

  MEN Metres from b/line WOMEN Metres from b/line
1 Maxime Cressy -0.11 Alison Van Uytvanck -0.34
2 Taro Daniel 0.26 Aliaksandra Sasnovich -0.05
3 Jan-Lennard Struff 0.36 Camila Giorgi -0.04
4 Sam Querrey 0.41 Andrea Petkovic 0.05
5 Yoshihito Nishioka 0.42 Belinda Bencic 0.07
6 Quentin Halys 0.48 Yaroslava Shvedova 0.08
7 Ricardas Berankis 0.48 Sorana Cirstea 0.21
8 Damir Dzumhur 0.50 Kirsten Flipkens 0.25
9 Pierre-Hugues Herbert 0.50 Heather Watson 0.26
10 Yannick Hanfmann 0.50 Venus Williams 0.27