How good was the Philippoussis serve?

zill

Professional
I was too young at the time but when Philippoussis was at his prime how effective was his serve? Is it among the great serves of all time though?
 

yokied

Professional
The Scud. The original dangerous floater. Mercilessly derided in Australian sporting culture (check urban dictionary floater definition 6).
 

xFedal

Legend
I was too young at the time but when Philippoussis was at his prime how effective was his serve? Is it among the great serves of all time though?
He won less serve games than Nadal and Djokovic..... he had a big 1st serve though...
 

Brett69

Rookie
I was too young at the time but when Philippoussis was at his prime how effective was his serve? Is it among the great serves of all time though?
It was amazing. Unfortunately he suffered a severe knee injury against Sampras at Wimbledon and was never the same player.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
man he’s one of the big “coulda’s“ in the sport. crushed the ball off both wings, huge serve BUT legit net game. was beating up on sampras till that injury.

guys with that build tend to get hurt eventually anyway, but no question he could have won slams.
 

urban

Legend
I saw a Queens final, when the "great Goran" was really ducking away from the service onslaught of Flipper. He got a bit of his own medicine. Goran and also Sampras looked always a bit afraid of Flipper, when he came up he looked a bigger service monster than both of them.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
man he’s one of the big “coulda’s“ in the sport. crushed the ball off both wings, huge serve BUT legit net game. was beating up on sampras till that injury.

guys with that build tend to get hurt eventually anyway, but no question he could have won slams.
I remember Scud's movement being an issue - he was big and lumbering. I know he played an attacking game and wasn't looking to get into extended rallies, but, still, a little better movement might have helped him over the hump and win a Slam.
 
Definitely a huge serve for that time. Fastest serve I found from him was 142 but might have clocked higher. A lot of injuries unfortuna6
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
90s was the decade of the monster serve
On its day, which was many a day, it was the best in the world. Any one of Sampras, Ivanisevic, Krajicek and Philippoussis could have had the best serve on any given week.
Add Rusedski and a few others in there.

Fans hated it; pundits waxed apocalyptic over what was happening to the game.

This is exactly why the courts were slowed down, leading to the Nadal-Djokovic domination we see today.
 
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