Hey everyone, welcome back to our countdown of the best tennis servers in the game today! Last week we saw who was #10-6. Now let's take a look at who is the best of the best.
5. Rafael Nadal
Rafael isn't on most people's top 10 lists for best servers, but I'll tell you why he's in mine; his ball placement and first serve percentage. He is a perfect example of a great server who doesn't have to overpower you on his serve to ace you. If you ever watch a Rafael Nadal service game, you'll notice that he always spins his opponent off the court. You won't win very many points off of his serve if you're already playing defensively after he serves. To make matters worse, he also has one of the highest first serve percentages in all of men's tennis, which makes for a mean combination to try to beat. Explains why he has as many grand slam titles as he does!
4. Milos Raonic
Milos has the best pace of any of the people on this list. What makes this more amazing is all the twisting and weird movement he does before he serves. That being said, he pops the ball at over 140 mph, so he is entitled to have whatever motion he wants! He also is very difficult to read, so there's no surprise as to why he ranks so high on my list.
3. Roger Federer
The GOAT has to be on this list, of course! His serve ranks among the best and most consistent of all time, and that's self-explanatory. You don't win the most amount of grand slams ever without having a bomb of a serve. His service motion is pure gold, and very Sampras-like. There's not much to say about Roger other than "wow...".
2. John Isner
If anyone can last THREE DAYS playing a continuous match, they must have an outstanding serve. John Isner embodies the perfect serve geometry. He is absurdly tall, and can just smash the ball into the ground. More likely than not, he will hold serve during a match. Imagine having that great of a serve, that all you have to do is break your opponent one time to win the set? That must be nice. Well done, John Isner...
1. Ivo Karlovic
Ivo is by FAR the best server in the game right now. Unlike John Isner, Ivo Karlovic downright dominates people with his serve. Not only can he smash a flat serve right at you, but he places it beautifully, as well. His toss is very deceptive, making him the grand stand out of my list.