It’s Day 8 of the AustralianOpen and the commencement of the Round of 16 with this particular lineup affording a number of interesting prospects. Whilst Sinner is a clear favourite and has had an exceptional Australian Open performance to date, Khachanov is easily a darkhorse never to be taken lightly due to his capacity to deliver when it really counts. Despite their rankings difference, seeded 4 and 15 respectively, Khachanov is on the brink of becoming a barrier breaker as a direct result of his current level of maintenance that he has been upholding which also places him as a threat to the 2% of players that will my greatest outside the Top 10 this season as more thoroughly shared and explained in the new release “How to Develop a Top 10 Tennis Ranking”.
Whilst it has been said before, Sinner’s current performance deserves it being said again and that is not only was the player flagged to ascend towards the Top 10 tennis ranking 3 to 4 seasons prior, but his current metrics signal the players arrival as a clear contender for the Australian Open Championships. Perhaps his most stellar performance at a Grand Slam to date, irrespective of the outcome versus Khachanov, Sinner is primed for yet another successful year on tour with an increasing likelihood of claiming his maiden Championship title. Khachanov on the other hand, is going to have to find and play a new level to overcome Sinner and heavily leverage the key metrics that are underscored by the 7 Keys. Perhaps more exciting for Khachanov is his capacity to become a barrier breaker by harnessing the 8 Key as the player exhibits a number of key metrics to patterns of play that may very well afford him a place inside the 8%. Until now, Khachanov has been unable to solidify his place at the help of the game due to fluctuations in these specific areas. But this Australian Open and the new season, with his ranking on the cusp of the Top 10, gives Khachanov another opportunity to assert himself against the best players in the world and to potentially take his place as one of them.
But there is a lot of work to be done before this happens. When considering Sinner in contrast to Khachanov, this is where the rankings differential becomes apparent. To be more scientific to analytical, when specifically pinpointing the 8 Keys and their presence in there again, Sinner has a higher rate of application and level of consistency in direct contrast to Khachanov. More broadly speaking and as shared in the “What is Your Game Missing Series”, “I am Your Tennis Coaching Guru”, “The Science of Elite Performance”, “The 7 Keys to Optimise Your Life”, and most recently “How to Develop a Top 10 Tennis Ranking”, when it comes to the absolute elite echelon of play — denoted by the Top 10 and further refined by the top 8%, it is the micro discrepancies that are the true differential between these players.
From here, micro percentage points separate a Top 10 player and a Top 20 player whilst further separating a player that claims one or more of the Grand Slams on offer each season to those who are unable to overcome that final hurdle.
And this is the arrival of new data analytics that inform our players true capacity in contrast to gauging and opponents key data points to ascertain their weakness and/or to strategise for the match ahead. This robust and incredibly informative data has built a new framework that affords predictive analytics to come to life. The new modelling is a world first and first of its kind for the tennis world as it extrapolates real time player performance from a technical perspective as it pinpoints the weak points of a player’s actual game. In other words, if the player has not become privy to all 8 Keys there is an increasing likelihood that they are not optimising their kinetic chain and therefore their use of momentum, torque to elastic energy, whilst considering key angles of influence, is not only yet to reach a point of peak performance outcomes, it also highlights the immediate weak point that can be weaponised by the opponent.
Rather than simply rely on given percentages of a players game, one of the primary keys is explicitly responsible for technical applications and if a player does not adopt these key technical inferences there is a direct correlation with their ranking. Put simply, these technical inferences correspondence with varying ranking ranges that are incredibly in-depth that a players ranking inside the Top 100 can be pinpointed within a given ranking range.
Without going into too much detail and repeating further key points of this extensive body of work that has spanned 11 non-fiction Books to date, what separates Sinner and Khachanov is on a micro scale that isn’t discernible by mainstream data analytics but rather the new form of metrics that leverage this data to inform whether or not a player has integrated all 8 Keys and their level of frequency to application within a given game. As to why 8 Keys? This is rather simple. As data can be quite complex and heavily loaded each one of these 8 Keys is incredibly robust and profound in their own right to deliver not simply a powerful advantage but are attributed to building the next generation of play.
As such, the exhaustive data to the immense dispersion of analytics have been narrow down to 8 distinct subsets that are referred to as keys to unlock a tennis players — and coaches, full potential to head towards a Top 10 tennis ranking and achieve Grand Slam Championships success.
Therefore to summarise this matchup as Sinner has the break in the first set, is rather a case of whether Khachanov can find that new level and/or by the very least keep all 7 Keys in-action, or whether Sinner, who has fine tuned all 8 Keys can keep abreast of these metrics and increase his micro percentages in their respective application. Either way, the player with the most dominant percentage points in so far as these technical inferences are concerned – all 7 Keys, walks away with a tough win. Yet to progress to the Championships is what separates the 8th Key and its ultimate power — something Djokovic knows all too well and the question now is who’s next in line. And that’s where this body of work delivers like no other before.
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