Top 10 fastest official serves in tennis history
'The serve is the most important aspect of tennis.'
That's a sentence we've often heard from experts and commentators alike. And it is not just a mere cliché.
When you serve well, that is nearly half the job done. The ace is a very crucial part in any match and can act as a get out of jail card in tense situations. Roger Federer is the best example of that. But he is more about placement than high speed.
When a player has a very quick serve, it's very challenging to get the ball into the service box. But when they do, the ball whizzes past the opposition player before they even can react, kind of like a green lightning.
Here, we look at the top 10 fastest serves recognized by ATP:
10. Greg Rusedski, 1998; surface: outdoor hard
Greg Rusedski played for Canada until 1995 and then moved to Great Britain. He was quick to overshadow the British-born players, and soon became the British No. 1 - in 1997.
In the '98 edition of the Indian Wells Masters (Newsweek Champions Cup), Rusedski recorded the then fastest serve ever seen during the semifinals. He served at a whopping 238.8 km/h or 149 mph, a record which stood for 6 years.
9. Taylor Dent, 2010; surface: clay (French Open)
Taylor Dent is the only player in our Top 10 who recorded his speed on Clay. In a career plagued by injuries, he reached a highest ranking of No. 21.
Clay is probably the toughest surface to serve fast on. But in Round 1 of the French Open 2010, the American clocked a 240 km/h (149.1 mph) serve that startled everyone.
This is the fastest serve ever recorded in the tournament. He hung his boots later that year, and what a record to go out with!