Best serve ever by Nation!

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by PSNELKE, Apr 11, 2010.

?

Best servers by nation.

  1. USA

    35 vote(s)
    53.8%
  2. Croatia

    26 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Germany

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  4. Spain

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  5. Sweden

    2 vote(s)
    3.1%
  1. PSNELKE

    PSNELKE Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Messages:
    6,134
    I think Croats and Americans have the best servers ever.
    Although I think Americans are a bit better.
     
    #1
  2. Anaconda

    Anaconda Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Messages:
    3,976
    Goran Ivanisevic and Ivo Karlovic are the best two servers ever. The fact that karlovic is on tour is enough proof to say he was the best.
     
    #2
  3. dlk

    dlk Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Messages:
    2,759
    Location:
    Indy
    I agree the Americans edge the Croats. Mainly because of Sampress' dominance. Per capita, Croatia.
     
    #3
  4. reversef

    reversef Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,641
    Americans suck in this field. But not like Croatians. All of them have a monster serve. When I hear "Croatian player", I know that I don't want to watch that match. Tennis at its worst for me.
     
    #4
  5. The-Champ

    The-Champ Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,541
    Location:
    Sweden
    I'm not trying to brag but Sweden has produced many good servers:

    - J. Johansson
    - M. Larsson
    - Söderling
    - Edberg
    - Engqvist
     
    #5
  6. Li Ching Yuen

    Li Ching Yuen Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    6,989
    The Americans are all about banging it as hard as they possibly can.

    Croats can do that too, and bring out the nasty angles as well, so I'll give it to them.

    And yes, the Swedish players are also good.
     
    #6
  7. Dream_On

    Dream_On Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Messages:
    345
    Spain produce many good servers
    Nadal (He won a poll for the best serve so must be the best!!!)
    Fererro
    Ferrer
    Robredo
    Granollers

    The exeption being Nicolas Almagro who's serve sucks.
     
    #7
  8. Bud

    Bud Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Messages:
    31,167
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    I'd venture to say Almagro should be on that list before Nadal.

    I like Nadal as a player... but his serve is not one of the stronger aspects of his game.
     
    #8
  9. Mortifier

    Mortifier Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Messages:
    2,211
    Location:
    Troll Cave
    I'd say that Spain produces pretty weak servers. Russia and France are better in my book. You should add Lopez to that book aswell.
     
    #9
  10. darthpwner

    darthpwner Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    2,039
    You can't go wrong with Russian women. Sharapova, Dementieva, and Kournikova are some of the best servers. Currently, Ivanovic is also one of the best servers. On the men's side, Guillermo Coria was the GOAT server.
     
    #10
  11. Markov

    Markov Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2010
    Messages:
    462
    karlovic....
     
    #11
  12. big bang

    big bang Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,885
    Location:
    behind your curtain
    Croats are way better than the rest at serving, every other country got a few big servers but pretty much all the Croats got huge serves!
     
    #12
  13. SamSung

    SamSung New User

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    77
    So where are the Aussies ?
    TheSwedes don't compare to:
    Neale Fraser
    John Newcombe
    Wayne Arthurs
    Mark Philippouissis
    Pat Rafter

    Apart from Ivanisvic and Karlovic, the Croats have nothing special.
     
    #13
  14. reversef

    reversef Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,641
    :shock: It's a joke, right? :) Almagro is actually quite a big server. Lopez too. But Spain is not known for his great servers. Nadal the best server? Even I, who don't like the big servers, would like him to become slightly better. It would help.
     
    #14
  15. Mortifier

    Mortifier Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    Messages:
    2,211
    Location:
    Troll Cave
    "Apart from Ivanisvic and Karlovic, the Croats have nothing special."

    Ancic. Ljubicic.
     
    #15
  16. OKUSA

    OKUSA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,220
    Location:
    TN
    Roddick, Sampras, McEnroe
     
    #16
  17. Gorecki

    Gorecki G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Messages:
    13,225
    Location:
    Puerto y Galgo....
    goran, marin, ljubo, mario


    Croat is sinonim for ace in Tennis language...
     
    #17
  18. dantespark33

    dantespark33 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2007
    Messages:
    556
    Also Isner has a huge serve.
     
    #18
  19. pheonix6579

    pheonix6579 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Messages:
    757
    Location:
    Florida
    Querry as well.
     
    #19
  20. edberg505

    edberg505 Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2005
    Messages:
    6,073
    You forgot Guccione!
     
    #20
  21. big bang

    big bang Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,885
    Location:
    behind your curtain
    in recent years Arthurs, Phillippouissis and to some degree Rafter yes..
    but compared to Croatia, Ivanisevic, Karlovic, Ancic, Ljubicic and Cilic. who can beat that???
     
    #21
  22. Rock Strongo

    Rock Strongo Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2010
    Messages:
    7,685
    Location:
    Sweden
    It's either Croatia or USA. For such a small country, Croatia has Karlovic, Ljubicic, Cilic, Ancic and Ivanisevic. USA has Roddick, Sampras, McEnroe(not big per se, but it did open up the court for an easy put away volley) Querrey, Isner, Dent, for the sake of being retro, Gonzales and probably many more. Since I can't decide which country has the best, I'll go for Sweden simple because we have and have had good servers, and because I'm swedish myself.

    On an unrelated note: Federer is leading a poll on the ATP tour website on who's got the best serve in tennis today which is weird in a list with Karlovic, Isner, Roddickand I think it was Söderling.Worst part of it was that he had 69(!) percent of the votes! While he has a good serve, I think Karlovic has the best one today.
     
    #22
  23. Dream_On

    Dream_On Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Messages:
    345
    I was being sarcastic :shock:

    Yeah its a joke.. forgot about lopez actually!
     
    #23
  24. Dream_On

    Dream_On Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Messages:
    345
    Most people voting on that poll wont even know who Karlovic or Isner is..
     
    #24
  25. NamRanger

    NamRanger G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Messages:
    13,916


    USA has/had :


    1. Sampras, topples anyone on that list. Karlovic and Ivanisevic may have stronger first serves on a good day, but Sampras by far has a much stronger 2nd serve than either of them.


    2. Roddick, day in and day out the most consistent, one of the biggest, and by far underrated on this board. Everyone thinks it's about pure speed when he's nailing lines.


    3. Todd Martin, one of the more underrated serves from the U.S. One he's in a rhythm he has a great serve, and great motion.


    4. McEnroe, hands down one of the best serves if not the best serve of the 80s.


    5. John Isner. Easily beats out anyone on that list but Karlovic and Goran.




    That's not even including guys like Fish and Dent, both have great serves also.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2010
    #25
  26. big bang

    big bang Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,885
    Location:
    behind your curtain
    sure but only # 2 and 5 are active players, look at Croatia (only Ivanisevic retired). Im talking about today not in history. if you look at the number of Croatian pros they pretty much got huge serves all of them.
     
    #26
  27. OKUSA

    OKUSA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,220
    Location:
    TN
    well the poll says, best serve ever by nation
     
    #27
  28. NamRanger

    NamRanger G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Messages:
    13,916


    I'm not saying they are better, but I'd say they match up to the Croatia serving team :D



    I do have to admit, Croatia's players have much better kick serves than the American counter parts. Only Isner and Roddick really have good kickers on our side (Sampras really didn't have a kicker; it was more of a monster topspin serve that flew at you at 100+). Ljubicic, Ancic, Karlovic, and Goran all have disgustingly good spin serves.
     
    #28
  29. JeMar

    JeMar Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    6,698
    Robre...do?...

    What?
     
    #29
  30. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741
    Proportionally, Croats win hands down (population 4 million)

    Ivanisevic, Ancic, Karlovic....

    Boom...boom,...boom...
     
    #30
  31. darthpwner

    darthpwner Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    2,039
    Goran hit kick serves?:confused:
     
    #31
  32. petetheileet

    petetheileet Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    206
    Arthurs
    Ball
    Phillipousis
    Rafter
    Guccione
     
    #32
  33. DudewithBabolat

    DudewithBabolat Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2009
    Messages:
    225
    USA holds the world record for fastest serve: Roddick.
     
    #33
  34. THESEXPISTOL

    THESEXPISTOL Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    3,008
    Location:
    Europe
    Quoted for truth.
    I hope Mario makes some good runs this season.
     
    #34
  35. Gorecki

    Gorecki G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Messages:
    13,225
    Location:
    Puerto y Galgo....
    spot on fellow country man...


    ANCIC FTW...
     
    #35
  36. Carsomyr

    Carsomyr Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,210
    Location:
    Winesburg, Ohio
    Per capita, what about the Netherlands? Both Krajicek and especially Verkerk had great serves.
     
    #36

Share This Page