Andy Murray's success on grass this season has a lot to do with the age-old tennis axiom: win the big points and the match will follow
By Chris Oddo
(August 9, 2012) -- Andy Murray is most certainly a different player this year, and you don’t need a statistical analysis to come to that conclusion. Still, we went rummaging through the numbers to find out if there were any statistics that could help elucidate the reasons for Murray’s spectacular, gold-medal-winning summer.
It turns out there were. Whether by stroke of luck or stroke of genius, Murray has done a better job of protecting his serve this summer, particularly in the clutch.
The numbers, particularly on grass, are astounding.
Not much has been said of the fact, but Murray saved break points at an alarming rate on grass this season. Here’s a look at Murray’s percentage of break points saved numbers, on grass and overall, from 2006 to 2012:
% BREAK POINTS SAVED, ALL SURFACES
% BREAK POINTS SAVED, ON GRASS
DID NOT PLAY
% BP’S SAVED 2012
% BP’S SAVED CAREER
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