With a click of the mouse the computer algorithm was set loose. The effect was immediate. Thick strong gravitational strings tugged stars and planets towards each other. Stars Murray, Federer and Wawrinka were all drawn inexorably to the centre of the Universe there to cluster around the biggest Star of 2015 – Novak Djokovic. Other players outside the top 10 found their space too in the slightly less crowded space surrounding the centre. The whole universe was drawn into a circle.
Looking at the results it is striking how the top players have moved to the centre with the top player of all Djokovic right at the centre.
What does it tell us?
A zoomable version of the universe allows any and every result in the tennis calendar to be viewed.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Djokovic beats Nadal. Nadal beats Federer. Djokovic v Federer – Djokovic wins right?? Uh well what about 2011 French Semi Final or Wimbledon 2012 Semi Final. The fascinating thing about tennis rivalries are their multi dimensional nature.
The tennis universe allows the full network of matches between players to be viewed.
Winning or losing
Are the lines emanating from a player’s Star matching the Star colour? If so they are winning a lot more than losing (see Djokovic N). Lots of other colour lines attached to their star? Not so good.
Are there a lot of lines of one particular different colour attached to the star of a particular player? If so then we can trace the lines back to find their nemesis. Andy Murray is a good example – there are four red lines attached to his Star showing that he has been beaten four times by Novak Djokovic.
Rivalries are easy to identify because rivals end up next to each other. Why? An important match between two players creates a strong gravitational attraction. Each extra match between the two players adds to the attraction so those players’ stars are dragged together.
A good example – Djokovic v Murray. These guys have played 4 times in the current year in important matches, Djokovic winning all four. The universe model places the two players next to each other.
Top 10 In Focus
Djokovic – centre of the universe
Djokovic’s leading place in the season is demonstrated both by the fact that the forces pull him to the exact centre of the universe and also by the number and weight of his connections indicating winning important matches. Djokovic’s incredible success in later stages of tournaments mean he has played and won important matches against nearly all his main rivals hence the radiating thick red spokes of match connections towards his main rivals. Only two lines coloured for his Top 10 rivals enter his star – a larger purple one representing his French Final loss to Wawrinka and a light blue line indicating his loss to Federer in the Dubai Final.
Two factors were predicted for Murray – close to the centre of the universe with other top players and close to his rivals. We see this in that the top players next to him are Berdych and Nadal who he has met in important matches this year. Federer and Wawrinka who he is yet to play this year are on the opposite side of the universe.
Fed has played important matches against Djokovic and Wawrinka and hey presto it is those players that he is next door to.
After his magnificent French Open final win over Djokovic the purple of Wawrinka is a clear presence below him and next to Federer with who he has also played some key matches.