Serving is the most critical part of the match. If you are having an off day and can’t get a serve in, you are pretty well screwed because without it, you can’t start a point to win it.
If you have ever played tennis on a regular basis, you know how awful it is when your serving is off. Your entire game goes out the window.
But if your serve is on, it can bump up your game to the next level.
Here are some notable servers over the years:
Pancho Gonzalez – hit serves at speeds of 140mph in the 1960s
Roscoe Tanner – held the record for fastest serve at 153mph from 1978-2004
Goran Ivanisevic – holds the record for most aces in a season with 1,477 aces in 1996
Greg Rusedski – fastest serve was clocked at 149mph in 1998
John Isner – hit 85 aces in a single set and in 2010 he hit 113 aces in a match
Andy Roddick – the held the record for fastest serve at 155mph from 2004 – 2011 and hits his serve with spin near 2500rpm
Ivo Karlovic – holds the record for fastest serve at 156mph. He also set the record in 2007 for fastest 2nd serve (this serve is supposed to be not as hard as the 1st so that there is a greater chance it will go in) at 144mph.
Serving has been getting faster and faster over the past 50 years. At what point will it not be humanly possible to hit the ball harder? 160mph? 170mph? I guess we will have to wait and see for the next record to be broken