Originally Posted by mirkaland
That is a good point. I still think Pete had a more powerful serve than Roger does (esp. second serve), but guys today are serving much faster than Pete ever did.
this is actually a very interesting point.
Federer of 2003-2004 served more aces per match than post ausopen federer 2005-2006.
federer doesnt seem to go for the outright ace on the first serve as frequently as before.
In fact only on big pts does rog go for it.
his second serve has improved tremendously. Federer's kick serve is amazing. Federer has a much better kick serve than sampras. Sampras had a precision 2nd serve that he would slice away.
The big difference between federer and sampras on the serve, is that sampras went for the ace more consistently than federer on the first bomb. Sampras also had a much flatter serve than federer. Federer has great action though.
Right now, i would say sampras has a better 1st delivery but they have an equal second delivery.
in 2004 though, federer had a phenomenal 1st serve.
anybody remember the match against nalby in ausopen.
Down 15-40 he throws down 4 straight aces to win the game(5-5 in 1st set). Ivanisevic like.
against roddick in toronto. 0-40 down(4-4 1st set, throws down three straight aces to get himself out of trouble.
i dont know what happen to the first serve of roger federer. After he took the long break after wimby in 2005, his 1st serve has not been upto the same standard.
his second serve is dramatically improved though.