Tennis giant Ivo Karlovic put his name in the record books smashing a 156-mph (251-kmh) serve in his Davis Cup doubles match today. Karlovic cracked the rocket in the second set of his match against Germany, but it wasn’t enough as the Croats lost the rubber in five sets 63, 36, 57, 63, 64.
Karlovic later tweeted, “So close”, “But 251 kmh record serve felt good.” Andy Roddick held the record with a 155-mph blast he struck at Davis Cup in 2004. (Is something up with these Davis Cup guns?)
Karlovic was teaming with Ivan Dodig against the German duo of Christopher Kas and the man who received the record delivery, Philipp Petzschner.
Watching the video I’m not sure if the either team was aware of the record. Though I have to say that the serve doesn’t look all that forceful or impressive but the ATP has recognized it as a new record. And from the audio it sounds like Ivo and Ivan received a time violation after the serve.
Germany leads the tie against Croatia 2-1 with all three matches going five sets. What a tie! Tomorrow Marin Cilic will try to keep the home team alive against Kolhshreiber. If necessary, Dodig and Mayer will rumble in the winner-take-all final rubber.
Here is video of Ivo’s massive record-breaking serve:
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