17. Quick conditions at Melbourne Park. But to what end?

Playing conditions at this year’s Australian Open were the quickest for at least a decade. But the media focus on playing conditions pre-tournament appears to be disproportionate to the effect that playing conditions have on the outcome of a match. The straw man of tennis? And hiding what? Introduction You can debate the biggest story…

16. Australian Open match records by player (ATP)

Novak loves it here, so does Jo. Ernests and Marinko? Not so much. Records below are for the Australian Open from 2008 to 2013, completed matches (i.e. no retirements), main draw matches only. Player records at the Australian Open by win % (2008-2013) Player records at the Australian Open alphabetically (2008-2013)

Beyond the headlines: 1/2014

An occasional stats-based post on some of the week’s lesser reported stories on the ATP Tour. This week, instead of talking about Hewitt-Federer, Nadal-Monfils or Wawrinka, I want to talk about two things: playing conditions in Brisbane and the unlucky Vasek Pospisil. 1) ATP Brisbane The 2014 ATP Brisbane tournament will be remembered by most for…