Ask any tennis expert and they will most likely tell you that the serve is the most important shot a player can have. The serve is the shot that sets up the whole point and is vital for some players on the tour these days.
In this article. we will look at the top 10 biggest, most powerful servers on the ATP World Tour. Some of these guys that you will see listed are not your household names, but they have at least one weapon that can hurt the big three in men's tennis.
So without further adieu, here are the top 10 biggest servers in men's tennis!
The Frenchmen Tsonga has a booming serve that has been clocked at times at over 140 MPH. The current world number 10 has a game that is built for the faster surfaces with his powerful ground strokes and of course, his big serve.
Tsonga is having a stellar 2011 season, beating Federer twice as well as Nadal once. He is also in the running for an ATP World Tour Finals appearance this year, which would be his first since 2008.
Juan Martin Del Potro
The 6'6" Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro is known not only for his powerful serve, but his huge ground strokes that are also considered one of the most powerful in the sport.
Del Potro has been ranked as well as four in the world, and although his missed most of last season due to injury. He has returned to his top form and is currently ranked 13 in the world.
Best known for his 2009 US Open triumph over Roger Federer in five sets. Juan Martin should be a threat to win another grand slam in 2012.
Tomas has been the top ranked player from the Czech Republic for many years now and the 2010 Wimbledon finalist stands tall at 6'5".
The current world number nine boasts a booming serve that has been one of the top serves in the men's game since he joined the tour in 2002.
Berdych has beaten all of the top players at some point in his career and is usually a player that the top guys would love to avoid playing if possible.
At 6'8', Kevin Anderson is one of the tallest players in Tennis. With such a big angle on the net, the South African gets a lot of pop on his serve that is very hard to return.
Anderson had a very good summer that included just trashing the world No. 4 Andy Murray in Montreal 6-3 6-1.
When Anderson's serve is rolling, he can give the top names scares as he has done in the past.
Andy Roddick will always be known as one of the most powerful servers in the history of the sport. His fastest serve he ever hit was 155 MPH which was a record until earlier this year.
Roddick's serve is primarily the main reason why he is still kicking around the top 20 in the world. Andy just doesn't have a good enough ground game to compete with the big names anymore.
The 6'4" Swede is known for his power game and going all out on all his shots including his serve. Robin's serve is one of the nicest to watch in the world as he has a very high ball toss that thrusts himself into the court. His serve has been clocked as high as 145 MPH.
Soderling has appeared in two French Open finals (2009, 2010) and was involved in one of the biggest upsets in the history of tennis when he took out Rafael Nadal in four sets in the round of 16 at the 2009 French Open. That was the first and only time that Nadal has ever lost at Roland Garros.
The 6'4" man from the tiny country of Luxembourg game relies solely on his big serve. Muller has recently reached a career high ranking of 49 due to a fourth round appearance at this years US Open.
Muller is a very dangerous opponent to play because he holds serve so easy and effortless. His motion is flawless and as a result gets quite a lot of aces.
Watch for Gilles to have a strong indoor season where his game suits best and for him to possibly be seeded in time for the Australian Open in January.
The 6'5" youngster is one of the top players to come out of Canada in a long time. The current world number 30 is having a great year besides his hip injury that he has just returned from that has kept him on the sidelines since Wimbledon.
Raonic has a game that is built around his very big serve and he has already hit serves at 150 MPH, so it will be no surprise to me when he breaks the record of 156 MPH in the near future.
The 6'9" giant from North Carolina has a very big serve that everyone on the tour fears. Isner holds serve very comfortably and as a result wins a lot of matches.
Isner won the longest match in the history of the sport last year at Wimbledon. He hit 113 aces in 11 hours and five minutes in what is known as one of the greatest matches of all time. The final score was 6-4 3-6 6-7(7) 7-6(3) 70-68 and a repeat of that kind of scoreline likely won't happen ever again.
Ivo Karlovic is the greatest server of all time. He holds the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis at 156 MPH. He is also the tallest player ever at an astonishing 6'10".
Karlovic holds serve with incredible ease and owns most serving category's including aces per match, Ivo usually hits at least 20 aces in a three-set match.
Ivo has done very well for himself for having almost no ground game. He has been as high as 14 in the world and has even beaten Roger Federer.
At 32 years of age, Karlovic's days on the tour are numbered. So if you get the chance to watch him play live, you should take it because he is one of the most fascinating players to watch on tour.