Originally Posted by The_Nadal_effect
All too true Glenn! Roddick himself being the case in point. Still, for someone of his muscular stature, not crossing 200 consistently is rather apalling. Of course, I'll like him anyway.
'Muscular power' and 'technical ability' are two different things, and it's rather the latter than the former which is a necessity for great serving. It's not so much the speed that matters - Sampras is an excellent example of this, and so is Federer! - it's also the placing, the way a player can 'hide' the direction where he's intending to serve, etc.
With that said, I can only conclude that Raf's serving looked very good in IW - perhaps not all that 'stylish'
, but very effective, which is illustrated by his very high serve stats. If anything, I don't think he should be working on getting more speed with his serve, but rather on getting it even more effective - if such is indeed possible!