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5 craziest tennis stats of all-time

Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova
Anshul Singh

Tennis is a sport of figures, numbers, and stats where records are made and broken almost every single day. Here is a list of the five craziest stats in the history of tennis.

5. Maria Sharapova's 101 decibel grunt

Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova recorded the loudest grunt by a tennis player during her match at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. The volume of the grunt touched 101 decibels, which is louder than an ambulance siren and even the sound of a small aircraft landing.

Maria Sharapova at the 2020 Australian Open
Maria Sharapova at the 2020 Australian Open
Today's #Wimbledon fact: Maria Sharapova holds the record for the loudest grunt ever on court - recorded at a deafening 101.2 decibels!!

4. Sam Groth's 263.44 km/hr serve

The fastest ever recorded serve came from the tennis racquet of Australian player Sam Groth. It was recorded at 263.44 km/hr and came at an ITF Challenger tennis event in 2012.

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In contrast, the average first-serve speed of a male tennis player is usually between 190-200 km/hr. The speed of Groth's serve was equivalent to that of a bullet train.

5 Things you may not know about Sam Groth5: He has the fastest serve, ever.4-1: bsltnns.co/dR8POb https://t.co/BkbOZaXlqV

3. A 32 minute Grand Slam final

22-time Grand Slam winner Steffi Graf humiliated Natasha Zvereva 6-0, 6-0 in the finals of Roland Garros in 1988. It was not just a double-bagel but the shortest recorded Grand Slam final in the history of tennis; it lasted just 32 minutes.

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Intriguingly, Zvereva, who knocked out Martina Navratilova in the first round at Roland Garros that year, managed to win just 13 points in the whole match. Not only is the match historic because it was one of the shortest, but also because of the sheer dominance Graf exhibited on court that day.

Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf

2. Rafael Nadal v Nikoloz Basilashvili: Roland Garros 2017

This match was significant as Rafael Nadal was returning to Roland Garros after retiring in the middle of the tournament the year before. He was up against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round and what happened took everyone by surprise.

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Nadal won more points on return (41) than Basilashvili managed to win during the whole match (36). The match ended 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.

Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2021
Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2021

1. Roger Federer's streak of 105 points

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer tops yet another list. During the 2007 US Open, Federer won an incredible 105 consecutive points without committing a single unforced error.

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It is certainly one of those records that is unlikely to be broken any time soon. Federer ultimately defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals to win the US Open that year.

#Federer 105 straight points without an unforced errors. For more interesting facts goo.gl/Dx2Z1T #TennisTacticians #USOpen https://t.co/O2Os8KTpIB

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Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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