Prettiest serve motion?

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These players spring to mind for me.

Ivanisevic, Federer, Sampras, Safin, Ljubicic, Krajicek.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Young AA circia 1989 had a beautiful motion, wide platform, smooth rythmn.

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Because of a wrist injury, AA was using an abbreviated serve motion for much of 1993 (surgery in Dec '93). Can probably find him using it for some slam events that year.

I recall watching him play one 1st round event where he got 100% of his serves into play (he did not need to hit any 2nd serves at all). Below, Andre is hitting these abbreviated serves at Nick B's academy in the Summer of '93.


Anna Kournikova was at the academy at that time. I believe that is a young Anna (11-12 yrs old) walking by at 1:09 in the video above. For conparison, here is an image of her that year:

 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Sampras - linear fluidity.
Edberg - curvatious fluidity.

Roddick isn't pretty but brutal like Becker, Alpha Male serve. If you find alpha man pretty then can go with it.

Mac was nice until he got a hitch. When it was fluid it was nice looking with the full back turn.
 

GoldenSwing

Rookie
1. Federer - Mainstream answer but definitely elegant and simple to look at. The best looking platform serve.
2. Murray - Classic pinpoint serve with great extension. (If only his 2nd serve was a bit faster)
3. Kyrgios - My favorite power pinpoint serve. Looks a lot more fluid than Isners or Karlovic's.
4. Djokovic - He has a great leap forward into the ball with good balance to end on his left foot. Top tier platform serve. Definitely one of the most athletic looking.
 
1. Federer - Mainstream answer but definitely elegant and simple to look at. The best looking platform serve.
2. Murray - Classic pinpoint serve with great extension. (If only his 2nd serve was a bit faster)
3. Kyrgios - My favorite power pinpoint serve. Looks a lot more fluid than Isners or Karlovic's.
4. Djokovic - He has a great leap forward into the ball with good balance to end on his left foot. Top tier platform serve. Definitely one of the most athletic looking.
What a great post. Facts. Objective, even handed, and accurate, and also appropriately subjective.

Completely unrelated here ....Funny how many excellent servers of bygone eras used technique that would be considered suspect now. I am lookin at some of my old favorites: Borg, Mac, stich, kriek, vilas, lendl, nasty, noah, and guga. Maybe even newk.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
What a great post. Facts. Objective, even handed, and accurate, and also appropriately subjective.

Completely unrelated here ....Funny how many excellent servers of bygone eras used technique that would be considered suspect now. I am lookin at some of my old favorites: Borg, Mac, stich, kriek, vilas, lendl, nasty, noah, and guga. Maybe even newk.
Lots of dodgy motions out there today...

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Standaa

G.O.A.T.
1. Federer - Mainstream answer but definitely elegant and simple to look at. The best looking platform serve.
2. Murray - Classic pinpoint serve with great extension. (If only his 2nd serve was a bit faster)
3. Kyrgios - My favorite power pinpoint serve. Looks a lot more fluid than Isners or Karlovic's.
4. Djokovic - He has a great leap forward into the ball with good balance to end on his left foot. Top tier platform serve. Definitely one of the most athletic looking.
muri’s serve motion eww
 

skaj

Legend
1.Sampras
2.Federer
3.Ashe
4.Lopez
5. Dimitrov
6. Safin
7. Kyrgios
8.Tsonga
9. Rios
10. Noah
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
Federer, then Sampras.

But the most interesting and unique is McEnroe, for 2 reasons. First, the sideway momentum is then twisted towards the target. And it must be the hardest to read in history.
 
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junior74

G.O.A.T.
I've always loved Safin's serve.
Lopez' is also super smooth.

Both tip top serves, of course. Not just pretty motions.
 

BH40love

Rookie
I’ve watched some great serves courtside and it’s totally different to the tv. That said Fed, Karlovic, Raonic and Kyrgios all have smooth or unique tennis serves I enjoy.
 

a10best

Hall of Fame
1. Federer - Mainstream answer but definitely elegant and simple to look at. The best looking platform serve.
2. Murray - Classic pinpoint serve with great extension. (If only his 2nd serve was a bit faster)
3. Kyrgios - My favorite power pinpoint serve. Looks a lot more fluid than Isners or Karlovic's.
4. Djokovic - He has a great leap forward into the ball with good balance to end on his left foot. Top tier platform serve. Definitely one of the most athletic looking.
Nice but how could Murray ever be there with his 75-95mph 2nd serves? Then you left out Sampras, Roddick & Isner.
We're talking about greatest servers of all-time and Murray is in your top 4? Murray is known as a great returner, scrambler and pusher (to some people). Never a dominant server.
Each of the big 4 praised the Roddick & Isner's serves as lethal and had to focus really hard when playing against either guy to break them.
 
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King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Nice but how could Murray ever be there with his 75-95mph 2nd serves? Then you left out Sampras, Roddick & Isner.
We're talking about greatest servers of all-time and Murray is in your top 4? Murray is known as a great returner, scrambler and pusher (to some people). Never a dominant server.
Each of the big 4 praised the Roddick & Isner's serves as lethal and had to focus really hard when playing against either guy to break them.
Smoothest motion, not best serve.
 

skaj

Legend
1. Federer - Mainstream answer but definitely elegant and simple to look at. The best looking platform serve.
2. Murray - Classic pinpoint serve with great extension. (If only his 2nd serve was a bit faster)
3. Kyrgios - My favorite power pinpoint serve. Looks a lot more fluid than Isners or Karlovic's.
4. Djokovic - He has a great leap forward into the ball with good balance to end on his left foot. Top tier platform serve. Definitely one of the most athletic looking.
I understand that this is for active players only, but Lopez is still active and I don't see how Murray and Djokovic can be ranked higher than him. Also Dimitrov, Tsonga. It's aesthetics though, we all have different tastes.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
I understand that this is for active players only, but Lopez is still active and I don't see how Murray and Djokovic can be ranked higher than him. Also Dimitrov, Tsonga. It's aesthetics though, we all have different tastes.
Djokovic does have a beautiful serve motion. Looks controlled yet athletic.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
I used to love Shapo's serve action before someone on TTW compared it to McEnroe's serve, and now I can't unsee that.
 

ghostofMecir

Hall of Fame
Lethally effective, but pretty?


This is beautiful. The way he snaps through it with the racquet head instead of from the elbow like Pete. Like a liquid whip.
Yup. When Djokovic used to do his impersonations, his impersonation of Federer invivled a mock lerfect toss and service motion.
 
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