Ivo Karlovic Sets New Record: Fastest Serve

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IIMarch 8, 2011

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Ivo Karlovic isn’t exactly what most would call a "household name."

Ranked at No. 239, Kellogg's won’t be calling any time soon for him to pose for a Wheaties box.  However, the 6'10" player may be looking to change all of this, as he is now the record holder for the fastest serve in men’s tennis history.  

Beating out Andy Roddick’s seven-year run by only one mph, Karlovic pulled out a 156-mph serve while partnering with Ivan Dodig in his Davis Cup doubles match against Philipp Petzschner and Christopher Kas of Germany.

Despite hitting the record breaker, Karlovic and Dodig lost the match, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, and eventually Croatia faced a greater 3-2 defeat to Germany.

Karlovic also shares the record for the third-fastest serve, 153 mph, with Roddick and Roscoe Tanner, another American player.

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