Is Sampras or any retired pros serving about as good as they were in their 20s?

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    I am only talking about their serves not their movements nor their games as a whole. Are they serves still good after retirement?
     
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    I don't know if AS GOOD AS THEY WERE 20, but Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek are still serving BOMBS and 20 aces a match in the seniors tour ;)
     
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    I would suppose watching some of the senior events that their serves are still very good. However, I highly doubt they are as good as when they were in their primes.
     
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    McEnroe is serving harder now(age 48) than he did when he was #1.

    Roscoe Tanner hit a serve in a senior event in 1990 faster than anyone(Sampras, Goran included) hit on tour that year.
     
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    Pete is not that old, i am sure he can serve in the high 120s maybe 130s.
     
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    About Mac: Harder, or they have new technology on the guns, and they measure the speed differently?

    I've seen the Seniors Tour on TV, and he doesn't look to serve much faster than in his prime. But the guns clock differently. MAybe it's due to racquet technology, but at the bare eye, they do not look that different ;)
     
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    He clocked 136 against Courier in that exo a couple of months ago ;)
     
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    Speed alone does not mean they are serving as good. The OP said if they were serving as good as when they were in their 20's. (speed, spin, placement, control, etc)
     
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  9. Moose Malloy

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    True. I doubt Krajicek today has the stamina he did when he served 49 aces vs Kafelnikov over 5 sets at the US Open in '99.

    His shoulder may fall off if he had to play 5 sets today.
     
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