Roscoe Tanner serve

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  1. jrs

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    Was Roscoe Tanner's serve the best ever?

    As good as his serve was - I don't see many people trying to copy it.
     
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    from the oldies, i like his serve the most.
     
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    I think Goran's was very similar, if you get past the bent elbow and exagerated forward lean at prep.
    Both a version of TonyRoche's service motion, which later GregRudzedski used.
     
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    It's not easy hitting the serve when your toss is still on the rise as he did.
     
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    Almagro and Taylor Dent serve very like him. Wayne Arthurs and Goran weren't dissimilar either. He just threw it to the side and hit it as hard as he could, the only notable thing was how he seemed to hit it on the way up.
     
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    Tanner would aim to serve the ball when it was at the peak of the rise.
     
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  7. jrs

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    I'll check these players out - didn't seem as compact and quick as Tanner's. Will youtube!
     
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    The elements of Tanner's serve- the low, quick toss, amazing forearm pronation and quick/compact shoulder rotation- make his serve difficult to copy. Best ever? That's saying a lot- but it certainly isn't one many pros saw very often (or if they did, it was after being aced).
     
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    Did he actually hit the ball on the way up most of the time, or did it just look like that? You'd think a player would strive to hit it at it's apex it he wanted that quick toss-hit motion, and he could simply shorten the toss to achieve that.

    I find these serves really interesting. Almagro seems to hit it right at its peak after a fairly short toss. Very efficient.

    Think of all the short/low-toss effective servers (Tanner, Curren, Almagro, Roddick (to some degree), Rusedski), and then think that there are also lots of players - Graf, Becker, Edberg, Murray (just to name a few), who have very effective high-toss serves.

    Shows that there isn't one right way and it's really up to players and coaches to find a motion that works best for the particulary player.
     
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    Roscoe´s serve was like a whip.I agree Goran had a similar toss, and also K Curren.

    I´d like to know what is Tanner´s overall career % ( first serves)
     
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