Bear with me now, this is the most complicated part of the recipe! So make sure your scales are working properly.
1. Weigh out the formidable first serve of Goran Ivanisevic.
Good ol’ Goran was well-known for his powerful first serves. Here was a guy who could ace anyone off the court. With height on his side, his serves were a deadly combination of speed, power and deception. And he was a lefty to boot.
Goran also holds most of the records when it comes to aces. One particularly amazing statistic is that he served a record 212 aces on the way to his Wimbledon title in 2001. He also holds the records for the most aces in a year: 1477 in 1996.
Goran's fastest serve: 136mph
2. Pour in the sizzling second serve of Pete Sampras.
Pete Sampras could have easily been called Pete Server. As one of the most famous serve-and-volley players to have ever graced the good game of tennis, his serve was an important part of his artillery.
Pistol Pete had a fluid service motion which disguised the power that would then explode off his racquet to produce first serve speeds of around 120-140mph.
However, most impressive of all, was the power behind his second serve. Aces were just an everyday occurrence for the great man, including on his second serve.
Pete is often regarded as having the best second serve in tennis history. His second serves were often in the range of 100-120mph. Crazy. Many players probably wish that their first serve was as good as Pete’s second.
Pete's fastest serve: 139
3. Mix in the startling speed of Andy Roddick.
This is the guy with the fastest serve speed on record. 155mph. And yes, it was an ace!
Andy’s game is based around his powerful serve and strokes from the baseline. He frequently clocks in first serve speeds of 130-150mph. Andy also puts a great deal of topspin into his serves.
Please note that the kick serve he uses for his second serve isn’t bad either.
Andy's fastest serve: see all-time record.
4. Beat in the precise placement of Roger Federer.
Roger doesn’t have one of the most powerful serves in tennis history. However, what he lacks in speed and power, he makes up for in disguise and placement.
Roger makes life difficult for his opponents by cleverly masking which direction he is going to serve to. He does this by using the same service motion at all times (a tactic which was also employed by Pete Sampras).
Roger also mixes up the speed, angles and amount of spin to confuse his opponent further.