greatest motion on the serve

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  1. Pete Semper

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    I think its between Edberg and Stich. I pick Edberg even if its not the most efficient (for the first serve)...
     
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  2. War Safin!

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    It's bad to start with - slight shuffling of both feet, then it's almost perfect at height of ball-toss (like a Mr Olympia pose) - then falls away again at point of impact.

    He does make serving bombs look rather easy though.

    7/10.
     
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  3. Morrissey

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    Without a doubt in my mind Richard Krajicek. Silky smooth and powerful. Stich had a nice motion too.
     
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  4. 156MPHserve

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    I like Roddick's. It just looks so agressive.

    Safin is next for me. Smooooooth.
     
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  5. avmoghe

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    Err... The Rafter volley was certainly better than the Sampras volley. Sampras didn't need to be as good a volleyer due to his serve's power and placement.

    I could also see an argument being made for Rafter being in better physical condition than Sampras.
     
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  6. hoons

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    like him or not, the poo has/had a nice service motion. too bad the rest of his game did have anything to it
     
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  7. gdsballer

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    sampras had such a good motion, so fluid and smooth with so much juice on it...roscoe tanner? that junk was ugly but effective
     
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  8. psamp14

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    sjeng schalken for sure!!!!

    lol, just kidding...i was watching an old tape, sampras-schalken 2002 us open semifinal, and the guy just wont bend his knees on his serve, let alone most shots!

    pistol pete sampras has the greatest motion on the serve
     
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  9. BodegaBay

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    Totally agreed. His service and backhand motions were just so fluid; to this day I've yet to see another player with such graceful swings. While his serves were beautiful, it was a back killer for anyone else except him.
     
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  10. slice bh compliment

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    WCT Forest Hills.
    Tournament of Champions.

    Those are the names I remember. I was there, too. As a spectator and I played the pre-qualies and qualies a few times. Late spring usually, if I recall correctly. May?

    Anyway about serves.
    My heart says Noah as the finest. But there are others. Stich, Pete, Roger, Johnny Mac had a nice one, Boris, and now I like the way Baghdatis serves. Goran. Ashe had a beautiful serve, too.

    But purely on aesthetics, I'd say Stich and Noah.
    When I was a kid, I would try to serve like Borg, Nastase and Noah, mostly.

    Some other notably big servers: Slobodan Zivojinovic, Chip Hooper, Eric Korita, Kevin Curren, Steve Denton, Colin Dibley, Johnny Fever, Stan Smith.
     
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  11. 93sq.

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    Noah and Ivanisevic....
     
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  12. ledor

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    I'm going to put my vote for

    Pete Sampras.
     
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  13. ofey

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    Sampras by a mile... .

    Edberg's was a joy to watch but too flimsy to really be called GREATEST.
     
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  14. johnv_pr

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    I liked how Mac totally gave his back to the net right after the toss. I tried to do it as a teenager but eventually left that behind.
     
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  15. johnv_pr

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    BTW, my favorite is Sampras.
     
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  16. S&V

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    i actually like federer's motion
     
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  17. gsquicksilver

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    sampras gets my vote as well.

    didn't they model the new ATP logo after sampras's serve?

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  18. Sliceboy2

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    Pistol Pete here.....
     
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  19. Jackie T. Stephens

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    I think Boris Becker or Pete.
     
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  20. 2 Cent

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    Goran Ivanisevic.
    that guy had the smoothest, most effortless looking serve i've ever seen. but it was so fast! it was beautiful. awesome!
    led the tour in acing for many years.
     
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  21. zagor

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    I'll go with Krajicek
     
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  22. Legend of Borg

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    Without doubt Goran Ivanisevic(few people could pronounce his name by the way:lol: ). His serve is da bomb. The crouching motion before he destoys the ball is unique as well. I haven't seen anyone use the same service motion.(Djokovic does a pretty good imitation of him.lol:D )
     
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  23. drakulie

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    Pete Sampras by a landslide..........................
     
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  24. ktownva

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    Carlos Moya - current.
    Pete Sampras - former.
     
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  25. tenis

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    1. Sampras
    2. Krajicek
    3. Ivanisevic
    4. Federer
     
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  26. djsiva

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    Well, Noah had a certain French flair in his service motion and was generally artistic

    But, Stich had the German precision and smooth acceleration through the whole motion producing pace, spin, and placment with a seemingly effortless motion

    It was like a Renault versus a Porsche...

    By the way, I haven't forgotten that I still owe you some grits...



    NICE analogy. Both of them make Roddick look like a hack on the public courts.
     
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  27. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    Mcenroes was underated, not alot of power, but hard to read.
     
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  28. johnv_pr

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    That's what I was refering to.
     
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  29. CEvertFan

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    Sampras, the greatest server ever in the men's game, bar none. Beautiful effortless service motion and very hard to read, and the 2nd serve was almost as good as the 1st serve.
     
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  30. Verilious

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    Sampras without a doubt. You can really tell by watching his second serve, poetry in motion!
     
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  31. joe sch

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    Gonzales and Vines both had beautiful serves. I think Bill Tildens serve maybe the best of the early woody players. Take a look it is from the website you referenced.which has many other excellent bio's with great pics and clips:

    http://bmarcore.club.fr/tennis/champions/Tilden/bigbill.html
     
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  32. vsbabolat

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    Since nobody picked him I will. I think Borg had a great simple serve motion that is underrated. You don't win 5 Wimbledons without a good serve. Other Players with Serves I liked are:
    Krajicek
    Stich
    McEnroe
    Noah
    Ivanisevic
    Federer
    Safin
    Edberg
     
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  33. VikingSamurai

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    I cant believe no one has mentioned Pat Cash.. Although not a powerful serve. The rythem and motion are second to none..

    Boris Becker is my second favourite.. As a 16y.o, he served harder than Kevin Curren (who was considered one of the biggest servers of the time) Other than his tongue giving his direction away, to be able to serve with a hand shake grip and serve the way he did is amazing.. The fact that from the time I was 10y.o I modeled my serve to his might give me reason to give him my vote, but I don't get the knee bend that I used to. But I do the whole rocking thing 20 years later.. And I still serve with the handshake grip to this day..

    Now I serve like old man Boris.. All is the same, just no knees touching the ground.. And well, the leaping is about 3 inches off the ground instead of 2 feet.. :)
     
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  34. Gorecki

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    someone actually refered to Jmac as having a nice serve motion?... my god... this forum needs a format c:....
     
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  35. FD3S

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    Karsten Braasch, hands down.
     
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  36. slice bh compliment

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    Hahhhahaha, he and Steve Denton get a nod for Most Idiosyncratic Service Motion.
     
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  37. Wuornos

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    When you say motion, what exactly do you mean. :eek:
     
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  38. Eviscerator

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    Depends on how you define best service motion.
     
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  39. desilvam

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    Simple, effortless, smooth and relaxed
     
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  40. evan904

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    McEnroe hands down
     
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  41. Cobaine

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    STICH. for sure. I like feds too, though.
     
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  43. FedForGOAT

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    are the stories about Becker's tongue myths, or are they actual facts?
    pictures anyone?
     
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  44. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    Better than most people realize. Two motions i use to imatate were Mcenroe-Becker.
     
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  45. EZRA

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    Michael Stich .. fluid and effortless.
     
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  46. mmuubb

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    Am i the only one who finds roddicks move nice and unique? Not that i like it the most but its quite spectacular.
     
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  47. 10nisDude~

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    just the motion...i give it to federer cuz he just has a nice and beautiful swing...
     
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  48. jmsx521

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    Stich

    Stich has the most votes, and I go with Stich too. I modeled my own serve after him as well, but it doesn't really work well with a 100 sq.in. racket. Notice that the smoothest ball-strikers are the ones with the smaller frames.
     
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  49. zacinnc78

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    james blake lol
     
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  50. jmsx521

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    We might as well start The Worst motion, within this thread. I'll also include Jan Siemerink and Magnus Gustafsson. Michael Tebbutt's was strange and abrupt too. And Bernd Karbacher had a strange one, but I actually enjoyed watching it.
     

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