The Hawk-eye system debuted three years ago at the Sony Ericsson Open. Since then, players have challenged 9,972 times, with the WTA tour enjoying a slightly higher success rate than the guys. Here’s more from Douglas Robson’s fun piece in USA Today (click here for the article):
Overall, the men have a success rate of 35% in the 6,279 challenges conducted through last week’s tournament at Indian Wells, Calif., according to the ATP Tour. The women are only slightly better at 36%, but they challenge about half as often with a total of 3,693 attempts.
Novak Djokovic is the ATP’s resident eagle eye. The third-ranked Serb has overturned incorrect calls 55% of the time, the only player with at least 50 challenges who is correct more than half the time. At the other end of the spectrum among top players is Andy Murray of Scotland, who is wrong 75% of the time.
“It’s not that I have the eye of the falcon or something,” Djokovic said modestly after beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday to move into the quarterfinals. But he conceded, “I think I’ve been quite successful with that.”
Here’s how the ATP top 10 rank, according to their Hawk-eye success rates:
Novak Djokovic: 55%
Nikolay Davydenko: 45%
Roger Federer: 39%
Rafael Nadal: 36%
Andy Roddick: 34%
Juan Martin del Potro: 32%
Gilles Simon: 26%
Andy Murray: 25%
Verdasco and Monfils haven’t challenged enough to be on this list – probably because they’ve played on the side courts more often, where Hawk-eye doesn’t fly.