In tennis, Aces are the points won by the player when the opponent is unable to return/touch the ball. Aces come to be very convenient and useful for a player as it is an easy method of scoring points and turns to be a significant part of his/her game. Throughout the years, many players have gained expertise in this and use it as a go-to-weapon against their opponents. Players with great serving ability utilize their power and pressurises the opponents while holding their service games. Let’s have a look at the top 8 players with the most aces hit in tennis history.
1. Ivo Karlovic
The 42-year old Ivo Karlovic is the current no.1 player with the most aces. In his tennis career, he has successfully hit 13,709 aces so far. He is one of the tallest professional tennis players. His 6 feet 11-inch height helps him to strike the ball powerfully with exactness and precision. The Croatian star focuses on the serving approach for the most part. His mastery of serving has taken his career to the topmost places.
Firstly, he is the record holder of the player with the most aces served in a single Davis Cup match. In the 2009 Davis Cup, he served 78 against Radek Stepanek. Secondly, he is also the record holder of the month player with the most aces served in a 3-set match. In the 2015 Gerry Weber Open, he served 45 aces against Tomas Berdych. Thirdly, he has served in the second-fastest speed of 251 km/h.
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2. John Isner
Following Karlovic comes John Isner with 12,901 aces. The ATP ranked no. 8 player is regarded as one of the best servers in the ATP tour. He has been a part of the 2 longest tennis matches of the Wimbledon Championships. One of these 2 matches is the 2010 Wimbledon Championship. Its fast round against Nicolas Mahut was the longest match ever which lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes played over a period of 3 days. In this match, he served a record of 113 aces and defeated his opponent Nicolas Mahut. Also, he won his 1st ever ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami in the year 2018.
3. Roger Federer
The king of aces, Roger Federer holds the third position on this prestigious list. Federer has served 11,478 aces. In this list of players with the most aces hit in tennis history, Federer has featured in the most number of matches. He might not serve the ball powerfully as the above-mentioned players, but he compensates it with elegance and refinement. His process of tossing and serving makes the situation hard for the opponent to understand the direction of his serve. His ability to toss at about 2’o clock position and serving with accuracy and elegance has been a major part of his successful career in tennis.
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4. Feliciano Lopez
The next player on this list is Feliciano Lopez. He has served 10,041 aces against his opponents to date. He is recognized for his caliber of strong service game and playing balls repeatedly on the baseline. Most of the Spaniards prefer to play in clay courts. Lopez unlike them prefers grass courts because of his techniques of serving. His performances are impeccable in grass courts and he has been a part of the quarter-final runs at Wimbledon thrice. Also, he has suppressed Federer’s consecutive appearances in Grand Slam tournaments by making 68 consecutive appearances.
5. Sam Querrey
With 8686 aces, Sam Querrey holds the fifth position on this prestigious list. The American professional player is well known for his strong serve and is the record holder for 10 consecutive service aces in a single match. He is the first American who reached the last four of a Grand Slam in 8 years after defeating the World no. 1 Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship. He has also defeated Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Championship 2016 and reached the quarterfinals and ended his Grand Slam streak of four in a row.
6. Milos Raonic
One of the most successful Canadian male players, Milos Raonic is the 6th player with the most aces hit in tennis history. He has served 8136 aces in his tennis career. He achieved the feat of World no. 3 singles ranked by ATP on 21st November 2016. This is the highest-ranking ever achieved by any Canadian man in tennis. He is also the first male from Canada to be a part of the Open Era and reaching the French Open quarter-finals, the Australian Open semi-finals, and the Wimbledon final.
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