From serve speeds to rally counts, to points and return of serve percentages, tennis is undoubtedly a game of numbers. Each stat and data point tells a unique story, and for two weeks every August and September, IBM technologies help to bring the digits of tennis to life at U.S. Open tournament in New York City’s Flushing Meadows.
SI.com partnered with IBM to bring readers data-driven visualizations, created by Aragorn, that help fully tell each story at the 2014 U.S. Open. How do the players fare depending on their in-game position? What country has the most U.S. Open wins? Why is return of service such a critical skill? The real-time analytics and statistics of 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 graphs and graphics, and be sure to check SI.com's tennis page for all of your U.S. Open content.
. Which men's player ran the most at the U.S. Open?
Movement efficiency on the tennis court is crucial to a player's success. Find out which U.S. Open men's semifinalist has covered the most distance and had the most points per meter during the previous matches.
. Comparing finalists Williams and Wozniacki
No. 1 seed Serena Williams and No. 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki will battle in the final of the 2014 U.S. Open. Find out how the two top players compare in the different aspects of the game.
. Analyzing Federer's comeback quarterfinal win
Roger Federer came back down two sets to love down to get a victory over Gael Monfils on Thursday night. Find out how Federer performed in order to get the 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 quarterfinal win and a spot in the semifinals.
. Analyzing Serena Williams' U.S. Open serve speeds
During the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, Serena Williams' fastest serve was clocked at 122 mph and was hit in the first set. Find out how fast she served based on the round of the tournament and set number, and if she got an ace or won a point on those serves.
. Head-to-head analysis: Federer vs. Monfils
Roger Federer and Gael Monfils match-up in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Federer leads their head-to-head 7-2, with both Monfils victories coming indoors on hard court, but what does the data say about their match-up? See how Federer and Monfils' style of play compare.
. Comparing the women's quarterfinalists
As the women's field battles it out for a spot in the quarterfinals, see how the players compare against each other in terms of hit consistency, missed shots and errors, based on their performance in the previous rounds of the tournament.
. Comparing Wozniacki and Errani's hits and misses
Consistency in tennis is key. See how Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani compare when it comes to their hits and misses on the court and how that translates into their consistent play.
. Average Age of U.S. Open men and women since 2005
Will we continue to see dominance by the experienced champions of the past or will a new face break through the crowd to claim the title? Take a look at the U.S. Open men's and women's players' ages since 2005.
. A look back at the U.S. Open's final 32 by country
The United States and Spain took home the trophy last year at the U.S. Open, but how have all of the countries represented in the tournament fared in the past four years? Take a look back at the tournament's final 32 players organized by country.
. Age of Men's and Women's Grand Slam Winners
Teenagers have been making a splash at the 2014 U.S. Open, but has age been a factor in determining the winners of previous Grand Slams? Both the men's and women's side have seen both experienced older players and youngsters take the title. See what the data says will happen this year.
. Service return stats for the top U.S. Open men
U.S. men residing in the top 10 of the ATP rankings are fewer and further between these days. One thing unites all of the men -- while they're among the best servers on tour, they're all also among the worst when it comes to breaking serve. Take a look at these numbers.
. 2013 U.S. Open results based on in-game scores
The top players are often categorized as "closers" or "fighters," but just how accurate are those terms? Here, we look at the win percentage of players based on their in-game scores from the 2013 U.S. Open. Take a look at '13 U.S. Open champ Rafael Nadal's stats, and you'll clearly see why he lifted the trophy after two weeks.
. Analyzing Serena Williams' serve and return statS
Serena Williams has won five WTA titles this season, but hasn't yet advanced to the second week of a Grand Slam. What gives? Here's a closer look at her serving statistics.
. Which country has the most U.S. Open wins?
Players from 45 different countries have traveled to New York to play in the 2014 U.S. Open. Which country has brought back the most titles?
. Age breakdown of players in the 2014 U.S. Open
In the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open, 34-year-old Venus Williams took on 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm -- two of the oldest women in the draw. Here's a breakdown of the ages of all of the players in the 2014 U.S. Open.