Most effective serve in the current top 40?

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  1. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    Im going to go out on a limb here and say its Andy Murray.

    He has a very good first serve - great combination of accuracy, especially the wide serve, a foot up the outside line combined with speed (regularly serving 125-130mph). Other big servers (eg. Raonic) don't seem to inflict as much damage because, even though they have pace, they don't have the accuracy.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. Topspin Shot

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    I can't agree with you on this one. He's got a huge first serve when he's on, but his percentage dips at times, and his second serve is noticeably slower than average. in my opinion, Raonic and Isner have the biggest serves though their heights are a pretty big part of their serving success.
     
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  3. dominikk1985

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    although he got hammered by a rank 300 polish guy today milos raonic has a great serve.

    him and isner have the best serves in the top 100 and it is not even close, a whole different league than anyone else.
    in the the top10 I would still go with fed.

    murray has a hard first serve but his perecentage is sometimes flaky and his second serve is a lot weaker. wawrinka and berdych can crank it up but both have flaky percentages (probably partly due to a high ball toss- especially outdoors). janowicz has a really good serve

    nadal and djokovic have very solid serves but not as powerfull as other players.

    Del protro has not a good serve for his height but still better than a lot of smaller guys.

    but isner and Raonic (karlovic was the same but he is getting old) are really in their own league. both have huge serves and their serve is never flaky usually with a high percentage. isner also has a monster second serve which is why I would rate him higher than milosh.
     
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  4. dknotty

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    Who'd you say has the most effective?

    I think Murray is a lot more consistent than he was 2 years ago, and he seems to be able to bring out the big serves when it matter (excluding his run post Wimbledon).
     
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  5. Topspin Shot

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    Aside from Isner and Raonic, I like Federer, Almagro, and Tipsarevic though you are right that Murray has improved his serve.
     
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  7. Ballinbob

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    Raonic has the most effective serve in my opinion. He's a beast
     
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  8. cjs

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    This should be in general pro player discussion surely...
     
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  9. How on earth? It is clearly Isner, no argument whatsoever. Far more aces. Much better First Serve Percentage. Much much better second serve points won. First Serve points won almost as good as Raonic.
     
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    OP, can you please define exactly what you mean by the word effective?
     
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  12. Ballinbob

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    You're right. I just like Raonic's motion a lot so I'm a bit biased:) Raonic isn't far behind Isner though

    Yeah, that would help
     
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  13. HughJars

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    I think that Isner's second serve might be under rated. Its the best in the world, maybe of all time.
     
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