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I often hear PMac and company talking about this serve during Feliciano Lopez matches...as he seems to have an effective American Twist. For a righty vs. righty, this serve seems like it would be very effective as it kicks up into the backhand of his opponent(usually a weakness) in the ad court, so it seems like this serve SHOULD be used by most. But I hardly hear of it. Who actually uses this serve effectively on tour?
 

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Safin can hit a nice twist serve every once in a while.

The twist serve refers more to the motion imo. Lots of players these days can hit kick serves without "twisting" because of the racquet head speed + technology that helps get all the extra spin.

In older times, mcenroe had an exceptional twist serve and more body rotation was necessary to get the desired effect - the topspin kickserve.
 
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