Advanced Baseline

Serena's still the best ... barely


Serena Williams is still the No. 1 player in the world according to Colin Davy's Advanced Baseline rankings, but her lead over the rest of the field continues to shrink.

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Djokovic still No. 1


Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic remains No. 1 in SB Nation's Advanced Baseline rankings for the month of July.

Who wins Wimbledon if Serena doesn't?

It's not quite Serena-versus-the-field anymore, even on her best surface. Here's a look at who else is in contention this year besides Serena Williams.

Djokovic, Federer are Wimbledon men's favorites

Play is underway at the All-England Club. Last year's Wimbledon was the most upset-filled Slam in recent memory; how does this year compare? And can Roger Federer take advantage of what might be...

Breaking down the Wimbledon seeds

How do the seeds at this year's Wimbledon compare to their predictive rankings?

Who are the Wimbledon contenders?

With the French Open solidly in the rearview mirror, it's time to see how the top contenders are looking for this year's Wimbledon championships. The list isn't much of a surprise.

The weirdness of grass courts

Precious little match data on grass courts means they deserve some extra scrutiny. And in diving in, we discover some interesting results.

Serena's lead over the field is shrinking

Colin Davy's updated Advanced Baseline rankings still have Serena Williams in the No. 1 spot, but her lead over the field is more tenuous than it has been in quite a while.

Djokovic still the best off clay

Colin Davy's Advanced Baseline ratings have been updated for June. Despite the result of the French Open finals, Novak Djokovic continues to hold the top spot.

5 French Open reactions

Rafael Nadal and the rest of tennis' elite men are growing old, but Nadal is still the unforgiving French Open's reigning king.

Major opportunity for familiar favorites

Upsets have rocked both the men's and women's fields at Roland Garros and the odds for Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova to win it all have risen considerably as a result.

French Open women's preview

Serena versus the field? Not quite. The draw has created a wide-open field this year, and there will probably be a new first-time semifinalist.

French Open men's preview

Rafael Nadal looks mortal for the first time in a decade. Is it enough to jeopardize his favorite status? And what does it do to the rest of the draw?

Playing styles in women's tennis

Clay courters seem to be in a world of their own on the men's side. Is there a similar class of player on the women's side? And it's only a matter of time until Petra Kvitova wins the WTA...

Visualizing tennis styles

How do you show the differences between tennis playing styles from score lines alone? And how is Rafael Nadal a clay-courter when he's really good on other surfaces, too?

Advanced Baseline: Sharapova's surging

With the French Open approaching, Maria Sharapova is about to catch up to Serena Williams as the world's best clay courter, according to Colin Davy's Advanced Baseline rankings.

Advanced Baseline: Nadal's slumping

The 2014 French Open begins in under three weeks. As the clay court season enters its stretch run, let's take a look at Colin Davy's updated Advanced Baseline rankings.

Projecting the 2018 WTA tour leaders

It's not just Serena Williams. The rest of the future WTA leader board is difficult to project into the future. But why?

Projecting the 2018 ATP tour leaders

The Big Four won't last forever. Who will replace them, and when? Advanced Baseline ranks offer an analytics-based answer to that question.

Looking further into aging curves

Will Roger Federer's aging curve look the same as Rafael Nadal's? What about Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova? Let's refine tennis aging curves based on playing style and infer when and where...

Tennis aging curves, Part 1

Serena Williams and Roger Federer are past their primes, but when will they truly be done? An attempt to answer that question, and a stats-based look into the future of the tour.

Keys over Bouchard? Perhaps

The new Advanced Baseline rankings are out, and it had a bit of a surprise on the women's side. Madison Keys, currently 42nd in the WTA rankings, is ahead of two other, more prominent younger...

Advanced Baseline women's rankings

Colin Davy's Advanced Baseline women's tennis rankings for April tell you what you probably already know about women's tennis: Serena Williams is still the best of the best, and the youngsters are...

Advanced Baseline men's rankings

Advanced Baseline rankings for men's tennis as of April 2014.

Aussie Open women's projections

Tournament forecasts, seed and draw analysis, and other observations for the 2014 Australian Open women's tournament.

Aussie Open men's projections

Tournament forecasts, seed and draw analysis, and general observations for this year's Australian Open men's tournament.

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