Fastest Serves from Popular Men’s ATP Players
Some of the biggest names in tennis have fantastic serves, but they rely on placement, consistency, and other parts of their games for their success.
While you can’t underestimate the importance of quality serving at any level of tennis, a few of the following players show that a faster serve doesn’t necessarily equate to a better player.
Let’s take a look at some of the fastest serves hit by some of the biggest names in tennis and a few other names that come up from time to time.
While Roger Federer doesn’t top the list of fastest servers, he scrapes his way onto it with a highly respectable 143 mph serve. Without question, Federer’s serve is a lethal weapon and arguably the best the game has ever seen because of his incredible accuracy and consistency.
At 6’3″, Andy Murray has always been able to crank up his serve, and his top speed of 141 mph, which he clocked at the 2016 US Open vs. Grigor Dimitrov, proves he’s no slouch when it comes to turning up the heat.
Djokovic hasn’t necessarily had a reputation for one of the best serves in the game. However, his serve is a reliable weapon that, when combined with his well-rounded game and speed on the court, has helped him become one of the top men’s players of all time.
Rafa isn’t known for his serve, which is why it’s surprising to see him on the list of fastest servers, but he does have an incredibly solid serve that we believe to be underrated. Of course, his serve is backed up by an even more impressive game.
Over the years, Raonic’s dominant serve has gained him a lot of attention. The right-handed Canadian is 6’5″ and regularly hits massive serves, which have been the centerpiece of his game since he joined the ATP tour in 2008. In 2012, in front of his home crowd at the Rogers Cup, Milos recorded his fastest serve ever at 155.3 mph (250 km/h) against another one of the game’s biggest servers, Viktor Troicki.
John Isner stands at a massive 6’10” and dwarfs most of his opponents. The right-hander from Greensboro, NC, takes full advantage of his height as one of the biggest servers on tour, and he holds the fastest serve ever recorded that the ATP officially recognizes. His 157.2 mph (253 km/h) serve came in 2016 at the Davis Cup, when he played and defeated Australian Bernard Tomic.
Throughout his career, Andy Roddick’s biggest weapon was his serve, which, along with his huge forehand, allowed him to capture the world No. 1 ranking in 2003. Roddick hit his fastest serve of 155 mph (249.4 km/h) in the semifinal of the 2004 Davis Cup against Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus.