Originally Posted by urban
Two aspects, which are mentioned in the articles, seem to me contradicting some myths and cliches about von Cramm: One, that he had a formidable serve, probably the best twist serve before the War, which contradicts, that he was a pure baseline or clay artist (i heard even Perry making such a statement).
In '35 Ferdinand Kuhn in the New York Times said "it is one of the finest services in the game."
I have these few stats on him.
1937 Wimbledon final – Budge led von Cramm 2-0 in aces
1937 Davis Cup – Budge and von Cramm tied 8-8 in aces
1937 Forest Hills – Budge led von Cramm 7-5 in aces
1937 Wimbledon final
Budge served on 111 points and 15 serves did not come back: 13.5%
Cramm served on 76 points and 12 serves did not come back: 15.8%