The question was posed yesterday to Milos Raonic, who has the best serve in tennis, and the Canadian replied, it was him.
“I believe myself,” he responded. “(My serve) takes me a long way. I think the serve is not only about what necessarily you can do with the serve but it’s how you step up. If you look at results, numbers besides names, I think my serve has carried me a pretty long way.”
Raonic has used that serve to make a Wimbledon quarterfinal and reach the Top 5. His peers like John Isner, Ivo Karlovic and even Kevin Anderson have yet to pierce that stage at a Slam.
Even Gilles Simon, a tour veteran who beat Raonic, cannot read Milos’s serve. “I was guessing. There is nothing to read,” he joked about having read that serve.
But Queen’s semifinalist Kevin Anderson disagrees.
“Numbers and the game, I think I’d have to give it to Ivo,” Anderson said. “I think his first serve is really good. I think on a second serve, I think Isner is a bit tougher than Ivo’s. Ivo’s second serve doesn’t really bounce as much. I think John really gets the ball up quite a bit.
“I feel like Raonic, I feel like myself I think probably would round out the top 4 in terms of serving.”
Meanwhile, Andy Murray said earlier in the week that he’d take Isner’s serve if he could have any single shot in tennis.
While Isner and Feliciano Lopez combined for 65 aces a few days ago, Karlovic just set a new mark with 45 aces in a single 3-set match yesterday.
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