lolwut? Almagro as the Latest Ace Leader (4/4/2013)

04-04-2013, 11:54 PM
Man, now the tour is even hurting for proper ServeBots.

Almagro currently leads the tour in aces. Querrey is in at two. And Gasquet actually sits in sixth.

Whether or not you like guys like Isner and Raonic, you have to hope they restore order here.

When you think of an ace machine on the ATP World Tour, the likes of John Isner and Ivo Karlovic immediately come to mind.

However, through the first three months of the 2013 season, it is not a towering giant who leads the category, but rather the 6’ Nicolas Almagro. In his 20 matches, Almagro has fired 242 aces en route to posting a 14-6 record and reaching the quarter-finals or better at his first four tournaments, which includes the Spaniard’s first last eight showing at the Australian Open. Almagro finished fifth in total aces last year.

Sam Querrey, who ranked third in 2012, is in second position with 218 aces. He is followed by Milos Raonic (203) and Isner (194) respectively. This past season, Isner and Raonic both hit over 1000 aces to become the first pair to achieve the feat in the same season since ATP MatchFacts debuted in 1991.

France has three players represented in the Top 10 leaders, led by No. 6 Richard Gasquet (180). Gasquet is off to his best season start (21-5), winning trophies in Doha and Montpellier. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is right behind Gasquet in seventh place with 174 aces, while Benoit Paire sits in ninth (162). Others placing in the Top 10 include No. 5 Tomas Berdych (186), No. 8 Kevin Anderson (171) and No. 10 Andy Murray (161).

04-04-2013, 11:57 PM
As I said in another thread, Almagro's serve to height ratio is one of the greatest ever.

Fed fordawin
04-05-2013, 12:03 AM
These stats are meaningless in the beginning of the season. Gasquet, for instance, has played way more than other players. He won't finish in the top 10 ace leaders by the end of the year for sure.

Chase Visa
04-05-2013, 12:15 AM
Almagro is actually a gun server.

04-05-2013, 12:20 AM
His serve is massive, but his first serve percentage is total garbage.

IMO as a clay court player it is more of a liability than an advantage for him.

Mark Lenders
04-05-2013, 12:25 AM
The fact that Almagro's serve is so good makes outferrerring Ferrer in AO semis even more embarrassing if anything given that he served for it three times.

04-05-2013, 12:37 AM
His serve is massive, but his first serve percentage is total garbage.

IMO as a clay court player it is more of a liability than an advantage for him.

His whole game is a working contradiction like that. For instance, the fact that he often positions himself so deep behind the baseline but bangs the ball the way that he does.

It seems to work for him though.

04-05-2013, 12:39 AM
Almagro has always had a huge serve. Federer even referenced this when they played each other in 2007 at Cincinnati where Almagro took a set off Federer.

The Prince
04-05-2013, 01:01 AM
His serve is annoyingly good, for sure.

Makes you wonder why he isn't ranked higher when his three main strengths are pretty much the fundamentals of the game, the serve, the forehand and the backhand. It's all mental.

04-05-2013, 01:11 AM
Almagro has the best clay serve on tour, and it's pretty decent on grass too. Nothing special on hard, oddly enough.

04-05-2013, 02:53 AM
Almagro's serve is overrated. His first serve % so far this year is 55%. I have seen matches where it is as low as 35%. The reason is he hits it way too hard and flat for someone of his height.

For a primarily clay court player, it's just not worth it. He could knock a bit of pace off it and have a serve that is far more reliable with not a whole lot of potency lost.

04-05-2013, 03:17 AM
His serve is a huge weapon, although it can't find the box whatsoever whenever he's choking or has off days.

04-05-2013, 04:01 AM
He's always up there, and usually #1 on clay
He'll likely lose it due to his usual string of 23893 losses to any top 30 player when he gets to medium fast courts

04-05-2013, 04:39 AM
Almugro's serve isn't that great since his % is usually awful. His return sucks as well. One break against him is all you need to cruise to a set win.

04-05-2013, 06:45 AM
Brazil open is helped him to be in this position.

His serve is massive, but his first serve percentage is total garbage.

IMO as a clay court player it is more of a liability than an advantage for him.

He ain't Federer. Or Nadal.
His first serve is one of the best in the tour.

04-05-2013, 07:13 AM
Who said he is Federer or Nadal? His first serve is great. Trouble is, it only goes in half the time. Unless you have a great second serve (he doesn't) that ain't good enough.

Would do much better dialling it back a little and edging that % up closer to 65-70% on a regular basis.

04-05-2013, 05:33 PM
He is a great server for sure. He'll certainly be in the top 5 in aces by the end of the year.

04-05-2013, 06:46 PM
Maybe the most naturally talented Spanish player for sure

04-05-2013, 06:48 PM
Maybe the most naturally talented Spanish player for sure


04-05-2013, 08:26 PM
Actually, I'm not surprised.
Nico's serve is a big weapon.

04-05-2013, 10:07 PM
Almagro's serve is way underrated. No need to despair after "lack of servebots". Today's tennis has a lot of them, which makes Nico's win in ace department even more impressive.

04-06-2013, 02:01 AM
Great to see a non-servebot leading this stat.

04-06-2013, 10:10 AM
I don´t see anything surprising here. Almagro played more matches than those big servers + his 1st serve is really great - many aces or unreturnable serves. At the end of the season he won´t be so high, but if he will have another good season and play a lot of matches than he can finish top 5 in aces, but most aces for 2013 will have either RAonic or Isner- depends who will play more matches, because their ace-per match ratio are similar.

04-06-2013, 11:38 AM
Almagro's serve is the most underrated serve in the circuit. He's got one of the best serves out of the non-servebots