Who had the second best serve in Sampras’ era?

Who had the second best serve?

  • Krajicek

    Votes: 7 16.7%
  • Ivanisevic

    Votes: 26 61.9%
  • Phillipiousis

    Votes: 2 4.8%
  • Becker

    Votes: 5 11.9%
  • Stitch

    Votes: 2 4.8%

  • Total voters
    42

d-quik

Professional
Becker and krajicek won wimby but becker had a good backhand and krajicek had amazing returning the year he won. Ivanisevic though pretty much won Wimbledon only with his serve.

Please watch the last game of the finals and tell me HOW UNINVOLVED RAFTER WAS IN DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF THE POINT

Ivanisevic loses when he double faults
When serve goes in it's ace/unreturnable

Won't spoil it for anyone as to why the final game laated over 7 minutes but I will say what reason it wasn't because of: it wasn't because the rallies were long

 

skaj

Hall of Fame
He usually kicks his second serve whereas the first serve was faster and flatter. So 2 normal serves to me.
It wasn't just the kick serves, he was able to hit a service winner or an ace down the T with his second serve frequently.
 

NicoMK

Professional
Becker and krajicek won wimby but becker had a good backhand and krajicek had amazing returning the year he won. Ivanisevic though pretty much won Wimbledon only with his serve.

Please watch the last game of the finals and tell me HOW UNINVOLVED RAFTER WAS IN DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF THE POINT

Ivanisevic loses when he double faults
When serve goes in it's ace/unreturnable

Won't spoil it for anyone as to why the final game laated over 7 minutes but I will say what reason it wasn't because of: it wasn't because the rallies were long.
I'd say yes and no. The part that you mention is the very end of the match, with all the tension etc. Poor Pat, I agree with what you said, but I wouldn't reduce Ivanisevic to being a server only. He could do very well on clay too.

But I'd say that he probably wouldn't have won Wimbledon without his serve, that's for sure.
 

NicoMK

Professional
And for me, Boris had a better serve than Goran. Goran's was probably the fastest serve but Boris' was much louder and, again, a more secure shot that Goran's, at least to me.

I'd go for:
1. Pete
2. Boris
3. Goran

Stich coming close.
 

d-quik

Professional
I wouldn't reduce Ivanisevic to being a server only
Of course not but comparatively speaking we can both agree that Becker had the better backhand than goran and and in-form krajicek (rarely seen due to injuries) could return better than an in-form goran (also rarely seen)
 

JasonZ

Semi-Pro
Of course not but comparatively speaking we can both agree that Becker had the better backhand than goran and and in-form krajicek (rarely seen due to injuries) could return better than an in-form goran (also rarely seen)
ivanisevic had a good return of second serves on grass. clearly above krajicek.
 

NicoMK

Professional
Of course not but comparatively speaking we can both agree that Becker had the better backhand than goran and and in-form krajicek (rarely seen due to injuries) could return better than an in-form goran (also rarely seen)
Yep, agree. Still, I think that Goran had a more solid backhand return than Krajicek, except when he was in the zone, which happened for example during "his" 1996 Wimbledon tournament.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
And for me, Boris had a better serve than Goran. Goran's was probably the fastest serve but Boris' was much louder and, again, a more secure shot that Goran's, at least to me.

I'd go for:
1. Pete
2. Boris
3. Goran

Stich coming close.
nah, Goran's serve was just considerably more unplayable/unreadable than Boris'. its not about just the speed. Boris' being better in the clutch doesn't make up the gap.

For instance, Goran was 3-4 vs Agassi and Becker was 4-10 despite the rest of Becker's game being clearly better than Goran's. Just an example, I know its not conclusive or anything.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
nah, Goran's serve was just considerably more unplayable/unreadable than Boris'. its not about just the speed. Boris' being better in the clutch doesn't make up the gap.

For instance, Goran was 3-4 vs Agassi and Becker was 4-10 despite the rest of Becker's game being clearly better than Goran's. Just an example, I know its not conclusive or anything.
agree here, boris in his heyday backed his up with very good all-around skills at net and off the ground. but isolating the serve, the angles goran hit were on another level--like you said, not just speed, but the spots he hit, i remember him hitting so many serves where the returner was nowhere near to even getting a racket on the ball, might as well have been returning from the wrong side of the court.
 
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