Unmentioned here is what according to tennis historian Bud Collins have been the all-time record up to the past weekend:
Hamilton (Ham) Richardson d. Edward (Ed) Kauder 6-2 3-6 9-11 10-8 6-0 (US Open 1955 R1). Kauder served 59 aces
and lost, as usual with ace records.
A few more details: Match lasted about 2:30h. Kauder held 5 match points including three on his serve at 7-6 40-0 in the 4th set just as his right leg started cramping, and he could barely move in the final set.
Richardson was a top-10 player, twice a member of a US Davis Cup winning team, a semifinalist both at US Open and Wimbledon and twice a USO doubles champion. Kauder was an unknown, his greatest achievement was probably making the 3rd round in 1953, and it would have been a huge upset had he won. He's more known nowadays as the man who raised the legendary Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.
Incidentally, they played just a month prior to this match in what would be now considered a US Open series tournament, with Richardson winning another thriller, 6-3 3-6 15-13.
- The few lines describing Karlovic record match, aces by set and all, add a lot.
- Post #65 is such fun to read but hard to find there; maybe it can find its place on the first page? For example, at post #3 above its current text.
- Could you finally add Federer to the "twice over 35 aces" list in the OP?