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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.