What was Pete's fastest serve?

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  1. splink779

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    How fast
     
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  2. chad shaver

    chad shaver Semi-Pro

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    132 in San Jose, 1996, I think.
     
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  3. jhhachamp

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    I am pretty sure Pete has served faster than that. Wasn't he close to 140?
     
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  4. Max G.

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    Maybe, maybe not. The radar guns are more accurate now and give higher readings, since they sense the ball earlier. So it's hard to compare 90s speeds to current speeds. But yeah, mid 130s seems right for a fast Sampras serve.
     
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  5. Matt H.

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    he hit 134 in the '02 US Open final against Agassi. So i'd guess he had to have gotten some in the upper 130's.
     
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  6. tomahawk

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    Pete's fastest recorded serve that I could find was 135 mph at the Nasdaq 100 in 2002. I remember seeing Pete hitting a 139 mph serve on TV during a match. I just can't remember when and where it was.
     
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  7. Datacipher

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    According to the record books, Sampras' fastest serve was 136mph. That would translate to around 141-145mph by the current radar.
     
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  8. JRW

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    Datacipher is correct. Sampras hit a 136 mph serve against Henman during the Wimby semis in 99. He also hit a 134 in the same match. I would guess it would be around 140-ish using the current Davis Cup/US Open radar.
     
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  9. Kevin Patrick

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    Hi Data,
    where did you find that info? thanks!
    Your 'taking inflation into account' adjusted mph makes sense.
     
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