January 14, 2015

From global data -- 8,595,362 total player tweets during the final match in 2014; to city data -- 26 degrees Celsius during the match and 643,280 in attendance; to court data -- the fastest serve speed clocked in at 217 km/hr, IBM technologies covers all aspects of the game to help to bring the digits of tennis to life at the Australian Open tournament in Melbourne.

For 2015, SI.com has once again partnered with IBM to bring readers data-driven infographics and visualizations that help fully tell each storyline at the Australian Open. For two weeks in January, SI.com and IBM will bring the matches in Melbourne Olympic Park to life in the most engaging ways possible by using data analytics on serve speeds, court temperatures, scores, player match-ups and more. Over 41 million data points provide new ways -- for both players and fans -- to look at the game and evaluate the odds of winning a match.

Click below to view the different types of graphics, and be sure to check SI.com's tennis page for the latest Australian Open news and scores. 


Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will meet for the 24th time in the Australian Open final match on Sunday. While their playing styles are similar, their last six match results indicate that second serve and aggressive play will determine the winner.


Heading into the final match of the Australian Open, both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have very similar stats across the board, except for aces and double faults. First strike performance could be a key factor in determining this year's title winner in Melbourne.


Leading up to their semifinal matchup, Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray have been very equal in terms of several match stats, including winners, unforced errors and more. Serve performance -- especially under pressure -- could be a key factor in determining who will move through to the title match.


Into her first Slam quarterfinal, Madison Keys has improved her power and consistency, harnessed her aggressive ground game and improved her serve and return stats to have a chance at the semifinals. What are the keys for Keys?


How far to the quarterfinals? See the movement efficiency and the court distance covered through the fourth round at the Australian Open by the final eight women remaining in the tournament.


Some men's players stay close to the baseline and take the ball early, maximizing their distance covered, while others play further back and have more time to hit the ball, but end up running a further distance. See how four men compare in Melbourne through the third round.


While Serena Williams has always been known for her big-time serve, other players have stepped up their game in Melbourne and have an increased serve performance compared to their respective tour stats.


Through Day 4 at the Australian Open, massive serves that are simply unreturnable for an opponent have almost become routine. But other players have remained consistent in returning those booming serves. See how the top men compare in Melbourne so far.


Over the last thirty years in both the WTA and ATP, the number of tournaments played in North America have resulted in a lower number of top 100 players from the area.


Going back to historical data, there have been a number of "surprise" finalists for both the men and women in Melbourne. On the men's side, find out the lowest ranked player ever to make the final and win a Grand Slam tournament.


Can Stan Wawrinka repeat his title run at this year's Australian Open? The historical odds are against him, but the numbers on the women's side illustrate a different story. Based on the draw on Day 2, see the top contenders that could be first-time Slam winners in Melbourne.


Both the men's and women's Australian Open fields have diversified and aged over time since 1985, with more countries entering the top 16 seeds in the tournament. However, the Europeans still dominate. See where your country ranks in the overall field.


2014 saw three new Grand Slam finalists, but in the end, age and experience triumphed in all four Grand Slam finals. What's in store for younger WTA players in the future?


Since the top three ranked men -- Djokovic, Federer and Nadal -- won their first Grand Slam title, the age landscape of first-time Slam winners has changed. What's in store for younger ATP players in the future?


2014 became the year of the former champion coach, with quite a few Grand Slam singles champions stepping in the role of coach or mentor for some of the current top players. How did the new partnerships fare?


Whereas 2014 saw pairings of former champion coaches and players, 2015 starts with pairings of coaches and players with opposite styles. What challenges do they face for the upcoming season?

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