French Open 2021 Men’s Singles | The key numbers of the semi-finalists

Jonathan Davies in French Open 10 Jun 2021
Djokovic has hit 40 aces at Roland Garros this year (Photo by Laurent Zabulon / ABACAPRESS.COM)

As we reach the Semi-Final stage at the 2021 French Open, we examine how the last four men standing at Roland Garros compare from a statistical perspective.

With four of the world’s top six players remaining, we can expect action of the highest quality during the latter stages of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev complete the mouth-watering line-up.

Each player has won five matches to make it to this stage while, between them, they have dropped just seven sets so far.

But how do their stats compare? Let’s take a closer look.

Novak Djokovic

The world number one has looked typically impressive during his run to a 40th Grand Slam semi-final; dropping just three sets along the way.

Djokovic has generally asserted his authority on the five matches so far, while boasting a strong service game.

Indeed, the Serb has served 40 aces – including double figures in three of his matches – and committed just 11 double faults.

Those are the best tallies of the four semi-finalists, as is his percentage of break points won (63 per cent) – including nine out of nine in his fourth-round victory over Lorenzo Musetti – and winners hit (192).

Meanwhile, he has only been broken on three occasions all tournament; something that will certainly stand him in good stead heading into the last four.

Rafael Nadal

The 13-time champion is into his 14th French Open semi-final, and has never lost from this point onwards at Roland Garros.

Nadal has only dropped a single set; doing so in his quarter-final win over Diego Schwartzman for the first time since the 2019 final.

But of the semi-finalists, the Spaniard ranks no higher than third across the key in-depth statistics.

Indeed, he has served the least aces with 23, and struck the fewest winners with a total of 165.

Although, those numbers will not matter too much to Nadal, providing the week ends with him lifting a 14th title.

Rafa Nadal is the defending men’s champion (Photo by Zabulon Laurent/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas is aiming to become the first Greek player in history to win a Slam.

The fifth seed, who has dropped just a single set, has been generally clinical on the way to reaching the last four at Roland Garros for a second year running.

Indeed, he has made the fewest unforced errors with 115, while his tally of 190 winners is just two behind that of Djokovic.

The 22-year-old may have won the fewest break points with 24 from 59, but he has only been broken himself nine times in five matches.

Alexander Zverev

The German was given a huge scare in round one as he trailed compatriot Oscar Otte by two sets to love.

But Zverev has not looked back since; reeling off 15 without reply on the way to a third Grand Slam semi-final.

The sixth seed – and lowest remaining of the four players – has been broken the most times (14), while making the most unforced errors with 143.

However, his 15 aces against round-two opponent Roman Safiullin is the highest amount that any of the semi-finalists has recorded in a single match so far.

Zverev has also won the most break points with 36, and must maintain those levels if he is to land a maiden Slam.

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