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By Chris Oddo | Monday February 26, 2018


Keeping up with the game of tennis, by the numbers. Each day at Tennis Now we’ll give you a fresh set—without any further ado, here’s what happened over the weekend in Rio, Dubai, Delray Beach, Marseille and Budapest:

18

Diego Schwartzman of Argentina wins his first 500-level title in Rio and emerges with a career-high ranking of No.18. Pretty impressive for a player that made his Top 50 debut a little over a year ago. Is he headed for the Top 10 this season? Why not?


1

Welcome back to No.1 Simona Halep! The Romanian takes her place at the top of the WTA Rankings this week, as Caroline Wozniacki’s runner-up points drop from Dubai. It’s Halep’s 17th week at No.1. She previously held the top spot from October 9th of last year to January 28th, giving it up to Wozniacki after the Dane won the Australian Open title.


95

Percent of service games won by Roger Federer in his first 12 matches this season. The Swiss leads all ATP players in that stat and he’s also the only player in the ATP’s Top 100 that has yet to lose a match this season. Federer begins his 304th week at No.1 this week.


20

As a result of reaching the final in Dubai last week, 20-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina has cracked the Top 20 in the WTA rankings for the first time this week. Kasatkina saved a total of five match points (two against Konta and three against Muguruza) to reach the final in Dubai. Despite the loss to World No.4 Svitolina, Kasatkina owns a 5-4 record in her last four matches against Top 5 players. She rises four spots to No.20.


79.9

Percentage of service games won by Elina Svitolina. The Ukrainian ranks fourth on the WTA Tour in this statistic. That’s quite an improvement over last year. Per the WTA, Svitolina only won 71 percent of her service games in her 63 matches last season.

14-1

Rafael Nadal’s lifetime record in Acapulco. The Spaniard headlines a stellar field at the Abierto Mexican Telcel, but even if he wins the title he cannot return to No.1 because he is defending runner-up points from last year. Nadal is the 2005 and 2013 champion at Acapulco but he has not won the event since it switched to hard courts in 2014.

5

As in Big 5 in Dubai. Since 2009 either Novak Djokovic (2009, 10, 11, 13) Roger Federer (2012, 14, 15), Andy Murray (2017) or Stan Wawrinka (2016) have won the Dubai title. This year, none of those Big 5 members are even in the draw. World No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed. The Bulgarian is making his first appearance at Dubai since 2011.

2002

By winning his maiden title at the Delray Beach Open over the weekend, 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe became the youngest American to claim an ATP title since Andy Roddick won Houston as a 19-year-old in 2002.

 

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