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ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Roger Federer tops Richard Gasquet for first win..

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World no. 3 and two-time Caja Magica champion Roger Federer made a winning return to clay in Madrid last year, beating Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3 in 52 minutes for the 19th win in 21 matches since the beginning of the season.

Competing on the slowest surface for the first time since Rome 2016, Roger had the upper hand all the time against the rival who played the first event of the year, struggling with a back injury since Paris Masters in October 2018.

It was the 20th match between Roger and Richard and the 18th win for the Swiss who notched the 375th Masters 1000 triumph and 1199th ATP win overall, the first in Madrid since 2015 when he lost to Nick Kyrgios in a thriller.

Serving at only 53%, Federer played well on both the first and second serve, facing no break points and scoring three on the other side to move over the top in less than an hour. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hit 28 winners and 20 unforced errors, dominating in the shortest rallies after firing a service winner in 40% of all the points behind the initial shot.

The first set lasted just 25 minutes and Roger was the only player on the court, dropping five points in his games and breaking the rival in games two and eight for a 6-2. Richard looked slow and sluggish, spraying a backhand error to get broken in the very first service game and handing the set to Roger when his drop shot failed to reach the net in game eight.

The Frenchman stayed in touch in the first six games of the second set before Federer claimed 12 of the last 15 points, breaking Gasquet in game eight and sealing the deal with a service winner a few minutes later to set the third-round clash against Gael Monfils.

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See How Serena Williams Outshines Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Others in a Spectacular Stat

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One just can’t put Serena Williams away from making or breaking any records. Although the Queen of Tennis failed to win her 24th Grand Slam title in 2020 too, she impressed fans with her exceptional gameplay. Despite facing an Achilles injury in the later part of the season, the 39-year-old gave some tough competition to the upcoming generation in the last decade.

 

 

Interestingly, Serena had the most number of wins against the top 10 WTA players in the last decade (2011-2020). She started the decade when she was in her early thirties and still managed to win most of her matches. What is even more applauding is the fact that Serena leads the list by a huge margin.

She won 73 games against the top 10 players which are 20 more than Petra Kvitova who had 53 wins. The next on the list is 2-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka with 52 wins against the top 10.

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Williams also topped the list of players having the best win percentage in the decade. She completely dominated the list with a win percentage of 88.49% way ahead of the second-placed Maria Sharapova with 77.37%.

Serena Williams- The player with the most number of Grand Slam wins in the decade

Although Serena hasn’t won a single Grand Slam title since her return in 2017, she won the most number of matches at Grand Slams.

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The 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams won 158 matches in Grand Slams. Angelique Kerber, the second on the list is nowhere near to Williams on the list with 101 wins.

With this, the 39-year-old American topped the list of players with the best win percentage in Slams as well. She won 88.27% of her games again maintaining a 10% lead over the second-placed Sharapova.

Recently, she lost to Azarenka in the semis of the US Open 2020. After that, she caught up with an injury which forced her to withdraw from the French Open 2020 mid-way.

The Queen will be now returning back to the court at the Australian Open 2021. Fans hope that the upcoming season will be a great one for her and expect her to lift her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

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