Watch Ivo Karlovic Hit the Fastest Serve Ever Recorded! [Video]
by Tom Gainey | March 5th, 2011, 11:22 pm

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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11 Comments for Watch Ivo Karlovic Hit the Fastest Serve Ever Recorded! [Video]

Kimmi Says:

ha-ha “davis cup speed guns” comment! move over andy roddick :)

WTF Says:

The german actually got his racket on the ball…

Dory Says:

Serving monsters with incomplete and deficient games are damaging the game of tennis.

Hypnos Says:


How to tame the serving without making the rest of the game as slow as mud?

scineram Says:

I agree. Good thing Ivanisevic, Becker, Philippoussis, Rusedski, Krajicek are gone.

bobby Says:

This type of tennis should be called dartennis as there is one boring stroke only and that is serve.It is better to follow darts than the tennis of giant servers.

skeezerweezer Says:

As much as you folks don’t like it, it is part of the game. Some fans don’t like watching “Pong” either. Me? I just hope variety of shotmaking on all fronts stays with us for awhile. Whatever, to each his/her own :)

james Says:

Wake up people , TENNIS has always been about THIS! “You are only as good as your 2nd serve’. Which means , (if you don’t play you wont understand), MAKE HIM PAY FOR 2ND SERVES! That will CERTAINLY slow the 1st one down . Roger seemed to always learn that vs Andy. Andy always came into Wimby Final serving an avg of 36 aces….slowed to a paltry 5 or 6 by Roger…..why? NOT because he BLEW back the 1st serve return of Andy ! (cant be done), but because he MADE him afraid to hit it .

james Says:

eeeeevrybody , even serving 65% 1st serves , EVENTUALLY has to hit a 2nd …..MAKE HIM PAY and I PROMISE the aces will go down .

margot Says:

james v. interesting what you say. I saw Fed play Deboy at O2 a couple of years ago and Delboy was serving so fast you couldn’t see the ball…and Fed was getting them BACK. It was astonishing.
Fed lost that one….but that’s another story…

margot Says:

sorry, that’s Delpotro of course, Delboy is British nickname.

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