Andy Roddick politely disagrees with Patrick Mouratoglou’s estimation of his serve
Andy Roddick doesn’t agree with Patrick Mouratoglou ranking his serve as better than Pete Sampras, Ivo Karlovic and Goran Ivanisevic who didn’t crack the coach’s list.
Mouratoglou ranked Nick Kyrgios as the best server, with John Isner, Roddick, Ivo Karlovic, and Pete Sampras also mentioned.
Sampras only came in at fifth and his great Wimbledon rival Ivanisevic wasn’t even mentioned.
Roddick also feels that the list glosses over lesser-known players who had great serves but little else to their game.
He gave a specific shoutout to Wayne Arthurs, as he floated the idea that he isn’t even in the real top five best serves in the world.
“My serve wasn’t better than Pete, Goran, Karlovic etc ….. Also someone like Arthurs who didn’t have much else. Doesn’t mean his serve wasn’t one of the best,” Andy Roddick tweeted.
Brad Gilbert also joined the debate releasing his own lists of the best service games from different eras.
Gilbert ranked Sampras as the best in the 80s and 90s division just ahead of Ivanisevic and Boris Becker.
In his early 200s top three were Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, and Ivo Karlovic.
Later in the 21st century he esteemed Isner ahead of Kyrgios and Federer.
His honourable mentions included Richard Krajicek, Milos Raonic, Arthurs and Greg Rusedski.
Federer’s former coach Ivan Ljubicic also dissented with the views of Mouratoglou as he felt that Ivanisevic has the best serve of all-time.
Kyrgios acknowledged the esteem he was held in by the coach but only with a pair of emojis.
Mouratoglou had said of the Australian: “Kyrgios is number one because players return much better today and he’s undoubtedly the current best,” the 52-year-old former mentor of Serena Williams said.
As far as speed of serve goes, Isner holds the record for the fastest ever first serve timed at 253 km/h (157.2 mph). Previously Australian Sam Groth had a serve timed at 263 km/h (163.4 mph) during a Challenger event in Busan.
Groth’s mark is not recognised as a record serve because they do not recognise readings at Challenger events due to lack of uniformity in the radar guns used at these tournaments.
The two fastest recognised serves were both delivered in the Davis Cup with Oscar Otte holding the fastest timed serve at a Grand Slam having delivered a 243.0 km/h (151.0 mph) serve.
The errors made by some of the radar guns have thrown into question the readings with Isner once times at 4,718 km/h (2,931.6 mph) in Rome.
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