Karlovic hits 251 kph!

Zagreb. Ivo Karlovic established today a new record in the fastest serve, delivering a 251 kph serve in a Davis Cup doubles match between Croatia and Germany. Karlovic along with Ivan Dodig, lost to the German pair, Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6. Karlovic has the weakest 5-set record among active players (3-13) but his 5-set record in doubles is decent (2-2). The Croat has overcome the Andy Roddick’s unbeaten record through more than six years. Below the ten players who notched the fastest serves (the first number in mph, the second one in kph… bold the number which appeared on the radar-gun):
1. Ivo Karlovic – 156 – 251Zagreb 2011 (Davis Cup)
2. Andy Roddick – 155 – 249 – Charleston 2004 (Davis Cup)
3. Milos Raonic – 153 – 246Mexico 2011 (Davis Cup)
4. Joachim Johansson – 152 – 245 – Adelaide 2004 (Davis Cup)
5. Taylor Dent – 149 – 241Rotterdam 2006
6. Greg Rusedski – 149 – 239 – Indian Wells 1998
7. Gael Monfils – 146 – 235 – Washington 2007
8. Ivan Ljubicic – 145 – 233 – Indian Wells 2007
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 144 – 232Paris 2004
10. Fernando Verdasco – 144 – 232Roland Garros 2009
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9 Responses to Karlovic hits 251 kph!

  1. Wanaro Evernden says:

    Waouh !

  2. Joca says:

    Milos Raonic for sure hit 147 miles in Memphis, many times

  3. Voo de Mar says:

    Added πŸ™‚

  4. Joca says:

    You can add Roscoe Tanner as well, he stormed blistering 153 mp/h in February 1978


  5. Voo de Mar says:

    At the time radar-guns weren’t very precise thus these records from the 70’s are dubious πŸ˜‰

  6. Well done Ivo! I wonder when we will reach the limit of the speed that is physically possible. I doubt it could be much higher than it is now. I’m sure it will be broken a couple of times in the next decade. But the big question is, by how much?


  7. Voo de Mar says:

    Thanks Steve, updated πŸ™‚ It’s probable Pim-Pim served so fast 7 years ago. I used for my stats the last ATP guide-book, but they missed Rusedski in there, so why shouldn’t have missed also Pim-Pim?

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