How important is the big serve?

One of the biggest aims for young players in a match is to hit aces. If you can crack balls past your opponent, without them getting a touch, the confidence within you flows. At this years Wimbledon, a tournament considered a haven to the big servers thanks to that precisely trimmed grass, will have one of the fastest servers in the final, after Kevin Anderson, the 6 foot 8 giant shocked everyone by defeating Roger Federer in five sets. In the other half, Rafael Nadal nearly toppled to the big serving Juan Martin del Potro. So how important is that big serve? If we look at the fastest servers and those who hit the most aces, then compare them to there Wimbledon performance we get a good picture of how important the big serve is.

  • Isner           -SF
  • Anderson     -SF
  • del Potro      -QF
  • Raonic         -QF (Lost to Isner)
  • Monfils        -4th (Lost to Anderson)
  • Querrey      -3rd (Lost to Monfils)
  • Tiafoe         -3rd
  • Kyrgios       -3rd
  • Lopez         -2nd (Lost to del Potro)
  • Cilic            -2nd
  • Wawrinka    -2nd
  • Muller         -2nd
  • Karlovic      -2nd
  • Dimitrov     -1st (Lost to Wawrinka)
  • Verdasco     -1st (Lost to Tiafoe)

To make the semi or quarter finals of Wimbledon is obviously very tough, but the serve does seem to help you through the rounds. Players such as Monfils, Querrey and Lopez could all have made it to the quarters, but faced big servers in earlier rounds, as did Dimitrov and Verdasco, players you would expect to get through a few rounds. It seems that big servers defiantly do well at Wimbledon, the question is, can they win?

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