Advanced Baseline

Advanced baseline women's rankings

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Serena Williams finishes the 2013 season ranked atop SB Nation's Advanced Baseline tennis rankings.

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Advanced Baseline men's rankings

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Thanks in part to a late-season hot streak, Novak Djokovic remains the top-ranked player in the SB Nation Advanced Baseline men's rankings.

Strong draw makes Djokovic the favorite

Rafael Nadal has dominated on the hard-court swing leading up to the US Open. Has he done enough to reach Novak Djokovic's level?

Is Azarenka the U.S. Open favorite?

Maria Sharapova's withdrawal has caused some unanticipated effects, including a prediction not seen all year.

Home court advantage in tennis

Taking a first pass at quantifying how much better players do when playing in their own country.

Advanced Baseline women's rankings

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You'll never guess who's No. 1. Okay, fine, you'll guess who's No. 1.

Advanced Baseline men's rankings

The top of the rankings haven't changed, but Juan Martin del Potro remains a huge threat at the U.S. Open.

Surface Mapping, Part II

How does the map of surface preferences for women's tennis compare to men's? And do the differences mean anything?

Tennis Surface Mapping

Visualizing the geographic patterns of the world's tennis players and how they perform on different surfaces.

Advanced Baseline women's rankings

There were more shifts on the women's side this month, but the top five remain the same.

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