Interesting article comparing the return game stats of Agassi, Rafa and Nole - http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Statis...f-All-Tim.aspx
Much of it I've seen before but a couple of stats that stood out:
- Nadal has won over 40% of return games on clay for 10 years running.
- Nole won 41% of return game on HARD in 2011. Then again, Agassi won 40% in 1993. These guys at their best are easily the best returners on a hardcourt. Personally give Agassi the edge on hard over Nole, but only just. If Nole keeps the 2011 level up for a few years he'll easily be the best returner on hardcourts.
Other interesting facts - for CAREER hard court return stats Nadal and Djoko are tied - both with 32% of first serves and 54% of second serves. So while Nole's peak on HC is clearly higher, Nadal has been very consistent throughout, even though it's his weakest surface.
Still, can't get over that clay stat - a decade of winning over 40% of return games on clay - won 51% in his best year (2008).