The Del Potro serve

zill

Professional
Much is talked about his forehand but what about his serve? Seems good. Is that his second best shot? What are the pros and cons of his serve?

Also there seems some similarities with Wawrinka’s serve.


 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Good serve.

Average serve for a man his height.

In fact, given his ace% and how ridiculous his forehand is, you really expect him to win more behind his 1st serve. But he's slow to react to good returns.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Considering his size his serve is a bit underwhelming, it's good though relative to everyone else.
 

blablavla

Hall of Fame
Much is talked about his forehand but what about his serve? Seems good. Is that his second best shot? What are the pros and cons of his serve?

Also there seems some similarities with Wawrinka’s serve.


according to some TTW posters, it is not even a top 200 serve :-D :-D :-D :-D
 

Pantera

Banned
Great flat serve out wide on ad court and down T on deuce court, a very good but not great slice serve which means he can be predictable against the best returners, reminds me a bit of Becker serve.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
Maybe not among the very best serves but definitely a dangerous one, and an integral part of his game. It's one of his 3 great weapons, first being his forehand and the second his mental toughness.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
Considering his size his serve is a bit underwhelming, it's good though relative to everyone else.
yeah no question, hardly a liability though. seems to 'arm' it a bit rather than really uncurling and pronating through, kind of a high-five thing going on that doesn't seem to generate crazy racket head speed like a groth for example. but again...he's doing ok with it.
 

Russeljones

G.O.A.T.
Good serve.

Average serve for a man his height.

In fact, given his ace% and how ridiculous his forehand is, you really expect him to win more behind his 1st serve. But he's slow to react to good returns.
This. He could have worked more on it and gotten more free points from it.
 

Bukowski

Professional
Del pos serve when he first came on the tour in 2007ish was a lot worse. He definitely serves a lot bigger and hits more aces. I think that improvement was a big part of him making major strides after 2007 and being more competitive against RF. But he still doesn’t fully utilize his height. Might have something to do with growing up on outdoor clay courts. Jarry-esque
 
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