Top 10 Fastest Serves of All-Time
Fastest Serves of All-Time: Here at Lob and Smash, we continue our in-depth look at the men’s game. In this countdown our focus is on service speed, a dominant feature of the modern day game. With new technology in tennis racquets and players getting stronger than ever, serves are faster than ever.
In this list we have only included one serve per player in the countdown of the 10 Fastest Serves of All Time. For example, Ivo Karlovic may have hit numerous serves that would have made it into the Top 10, but only his fastest is counted.
An interesting feature of this countdown is the number of record serves hit during the Davis Cup. That trends hold true for other players too, who have also hit the fastest serve of their career when represnting their country. It shows that adrenaline really can add a few km/h to a serve.
Another fact to note is that in the women’s game, Sabine Lisicki hold the world record for the fastest serve recorded. This came at the 2014 Stanford Classic and was clocked at a staggering 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph), with both the Williams sisters not too far behind.
The measurement of a serve speed is the speed of the ball off the racket, so the surface shouldn’t matter and the conditions are only really a minor consideration. Please join us on our countdown, as we list the speeds and over video were possible of some of the fastest serves in tennis history.
Lob and Smash Top 10 Series:
– Top 10 Best Servers Today
– Top 10 Best Returners Today
– Top 10 Best Backhands Today
– Top 10 Best Forehands Today
– Top 10 Fastest Serves of All Time
A number of players deserve honorable mentions in a countdown focussed on serving. Current American number one John Isner is perhaps the unluckiest player, as he narrowly misses out on a Top 10 finish. This is despite him being considered to have one of the best first serves of all time.
Looking at where the Big Four rank in terms of their fastest ever serve hit is also interesting. Andy Murray leads the way with a 233 km/h (145 mph) bomb near the start of his career in 2007. Then comes Roger Federer, who fired in his fastest serve on record at 230 km/h (143 mph) in Halle. Neither Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal have broken the famed 225.3 km/h (140 mph) barrier, although clearly it has not hindered their career too much. Other current players just missing out on the list are Ernests Gulbis, Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, who all feature in the Top 20.