The 2017 Indian Wells Masters has become history. It’s time to sum up the takeaways from this event and consider them when analyzing future affair. So, what lessons has Indian Wells given us? Let's look back at the event.
1. Age is a bad reason to bet against the player
At 35, Roger Federer seems to be striking back lifting the Australian Open and Indian Wells titles and exceeding everyone’s expectations.
2. Offensive tennis is becoming more popular and effective
What has amazed us most at the BNP Paribas Open is the style of tennis that helped the players to make deep runs. In most of the cases, the winner shall be the player utilizing offensive tennis more. Pay attention, the attacks should be consistent, not necessarily sharp and dangerous.
Jack Sock, Roger Federer, Lucas Pouille, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Yoshihito Nishioka, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka have got in the last 16 owing to their attacking tennis. All of them didn’t miss a ball to attack if it was a bit slower or shorter than it should be.
Rafael Nadal looked extremely impressive. Never before did the Spaniard apply such attacking techniques. He seemed to have forgotten about the consistency and struggle of mentalities. All he did was trying to attack every opponent’s shot.
The offensive tennis may be also due to the Californian courts characteristics. And the words by Roger Federer after his straight sets win over Nadal prove it:
“For me it was all about coming out and trying to play the way I did in Australia. I didn´t think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here or more rough, let´s say, so it´s hard to put the ball away', said Federer. 'I have seen, as well, like against Johnson yesterday, when you serve well and stay on the offensive and you press, you can actually play some really good, aggressive tennis here. It´s hard to dig your way out of defense, because the ball doesn´t skid on you as an attacker, and I think I did well again today. I said yesterday it was more a sprint than a marathon. So getting in the lead was crucial, and then staying on the offense and pressing was the goal for me.”
3. The second-serve decisions have become more brave and unsafe
The second serve has become one of the distinguished aspects of the event. Remember the semifinalist Jack Sock who has worked on it to make it more threatening. As a result, the second serve percentage got higher in some of the matches (against Dimitrov and Nishikori) than the first one. However, there is another side of it: the number of double errors gets higher too. Sock, for example, didn’t close a match with fewer than five double errors. To double-check, we looked at his stats from Delray Beach where Jack Sock utilized classical techniques more: mediocre second serve and almost no double faults.
Among other players who have sharpened the second serve are Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios, Donald Young, Lucas Pouille, Steve Johnson, Tomas Berdych (10 double faults against Nishioka).
Generally, if a couple of years ago sharp and dangerous second serve was a rare thing to see on tour (Alexander Zverev and Maria Sharapova were the ones to use it), now it’s becoming a trend.
4. Backhand shots are getting more dangerous
“Hit the backhand, damn it! Don't fall back and slice all the time”, - that is what Robert Federer isused to saying his son.
This quote describes perfectly well another trend that has emerged. Slice shots are dying out. In past time the American players Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey utilized slice shots very often. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer also applied it. However, now the situation has changed: the players are here to pounce early, strike the ball at any height and pick up the points.
So these are the takeaways from the Indian Wells 2017. To make wise profit-driven betting decisions we can't neglect them. The next event shall be the Miami Masters and the trends must remain the same as the courts are quite similar there.
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