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ckthegreek
02-16-2007, 01:32 AM
Produces a rare smile from Pete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iAtfgVmkxM&mode=related&search=

The Grand Slam
02-16-2007, 01:38 AM
Stepanek served 8 aces in a row once. ;) Of course, over two service games, but that's the minimum.

Koaske
02-16-2007, 02:05 AM
I just watched that video yesterday. I have to say that I was quite impressed :)

Andres
02-16-2007, 03:09 AM
Stepanek served 8 aces in a row once. ;) Of course, over two service games, but that's the minimum.
Yup, against Rochus, last year ;)
Quite a beatdown was that match, no? ;)

BeckerFan
02-21-2007, 10:49 AM
I've heard about a trick Bill Tilden used to do, where he'd put four balls in the spaces between the fingers on his left hand, walk up to the line and serve four aces with those four balls. Supposedly intimidated the hell out of his opponents. A great showman, on top of being a great player.

Nick Irons
02-21-2007, 10:55 AM
Of course, over two service games, but that's the minimum.

You think ? :p

I've heard about a trick Bill Tilden used to do, where he'd put four balls in the spaces between the fingers on his left hand, walk up to the line and serve four aces with those four balls. Supposedly intimidated the hell out of his opponents. A great showman, on top of being a great player

I have also heard of the Easter bunny

BeckerFan
02-21-2007, 11:07 AM
I know that some stories about the 'old timers' tend to get exaggerated, but this one is pretty well attested. I learned about it from an interview with Gene Mako, who claimed that he saw Tilden do it himself multiple times.

35ft6
02-21-2007, 02:17 PM
I once saw Tilden kill a great white shark with his bare hands, then he played a set againt Sir William Rumpleman using a maple leaf for a racket. Big Bill won easily then jumped into a flying saucer and flew to Canada.

BeckerFan
02-21-2007, 05:39 PM
Aw, don't be so cynical.

History's much more interesting with a little faith and imagination.

WhiteSox05CA
02-21-2007, 05:43 PM
His 2nd serve aces are the best, Fo-Sho!

Wow- That video was from a US Open Final, against Agassi. Is there a harder time to hit aces?

drakulie
02-21-2007, 05:59 PM
^^^^ He served lights out in that 4th set. If you have never seen that match, it is well worth it. Great match!

I remember Becker doing the same to Pete in the finals of the year- end championships one year. I think it was the very first game of the match.

armand
02-21-2007, 06:10 PM
"Truth outflanks fiction". Besides, that story about Tilden isn't so hard to believe. Well, one time I walked up to a girl and started talking to her outta the blue!

JZImmer123
02-21-2007, 06:20 PM
And they said he showed the emotion of a robot when he played...HA!

BeckerFan
02-21-2007, 06:23 PM
Haha.

Somewhat harder to believe are reports that Tilden "delivered the fastest serve ever officially measured. It was timed at 163.6 m.p.h. in 1931."

On the other hand, it seems pretty well established that Elly Vines was serving into the upper 120s around the same time.

(Source: Norman Giller, 'The Book of Tennis Lists' [1985])

35ft6
02-21-2007, 06:52 PM
Aw, don't be so cynical. YOU don't be so cynical. It was a joke. ;)

armand
02-21-2007, 07:05 PM
I remember reading in TENNIS Magazine about 10 years ago how some old(40's I guess) club player made the fastest serve at 163mph. His own club mates were trash talking him in the blurb about how he's all serve. If I remember the pic correctly, he was using some Prince racquet.

BeckerFan
02-21-2007, 07:12 PM
YOU don't be so cynical. It was a joke. ;)

Sorry! My mistake.

drakulie
02-21-2007, 07:18 PM
I remember reading in TENNIS Magazine about 10 years ago how some old(40's I guess) club player made the fastest serve at 163mph. His own club mates were trash talking him in the blurb about how he's all serve. If I remember the pic correctly, he was using some Prince racquet.

That was an "April fools" joke. Pretty funny article.

35ft6
02-22-2007, 12:27 AM
Sorry! My mistake. You've been a nice addition to the boards by the way. :smile:

armand
02-23-2007, 03:38 AM
That was an "April fools" joke. Pretty funny article.Really? Hahah! Well I fell for it. So it's an April issue huh? Now I know what month of the magazine to look fer.

vive le beau jeu !
02-23-2007, 06:03 AM
wow... and to agassi, that makes it taste better !
even terminator seems impressed. ;)

i like that little smile of pete once he did his carré d'aces...

Swissv2
02-23-2007, 08:24 AM
and we even hear the carillo, mcenroe, enberg team doing the commentary. thats quite a long time together!

joe sch
02-24-2007, 10:01 PM
I know that some stories about the 'old timers' tend to get exaggerated, but this one is pretty well attested. I learned about it from an interview with Gene Mako, who claimed that he saw Tilden do it himself multiple times.

That quote was from the Court Kings video. It was pretty well researched and collaborated by the other greats that were interviewed including Riggs, Segura, and Kramer.

BeckerFan
02-24-2007, 10:08 PM
Thank you, joe.

The story is found in many other sources as well.

Not sure if it's in Deford's book, but I'll check next time I have it at hand.

Pete.Sampras.
02-25-2007, 02:24 AM
Wow, that was awesome. And it looks so easy when Pete does it... Thanks!

larlarbd
02-25-2007, 07:56 PM
hahahahahah , I thaught that saucer was shaped as a tennis-racquet.

35ft6
02-27-2007, 02:34 AM
Around the 4 minute mark, Korda serving at 2-3, he has a 5 stroke game against Sampras.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nScD1N6sAnA

fr600
03-09-2007, 04:05 AM
Nice video.

Gellin
03-09-2007, 11:41 AM
I still remember watching that on television, seemed like ages ago. :)

pj80
03-10-2007, 12:37 AM
I still remember watching that on television, seemed like ages ago. :)

it doesnt seem ages ago. it was ages ago....12 freakin years

stormholloway
03-10-2007, 12:58 AM
Looks like Pete gave Andre the stink ball.

For those of you newbies who aren't familiar with the move: the stink ball is when the server applies a rare-yet-highly-effective rectal excretion to the ball, which of course directly translates to higher velocities.

Take note, and eat more barley.