56 Facts About Ivo Karlovic


Ivo Karlovic is an inactive Croatian professional tennis player.

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Ivo Karlovic has won eight ATP singles titles between 2007 and 2016.

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Ivo Karlovic's height enables him to serve with high speed and unique trajectory.

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Ivo Karlovic played only eight tournament throughout his junior career.

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Ivo Karlovic ended his junior career with no ranking in both singles or doubles.

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Ivo Karlovic played his first Challenger event in December 1999.

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Ivo Karlovic debuted for the Croatian Davis Cup team in 2000 against Ireland, where he won the dead rubber.

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Ivo Karlovic appeared in a starting line-up for the first time in 2002 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, but he lost to Juan Ignacio Chela in the second rubber and to Gaston Gaudio in the fifth and decisive rubber.

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Ivo Karlovic caused a major upset at Wimbledon when he beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in his first match in a Grand Slam tournament.

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Ivo Karlovic continued his success during the 2004 season, winning at Calabasas, California.

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Ivo Karlovic reached the round of sixteen in several tournaments, including Wimbledon.

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In 2005, Ivo Karlovic reached his first ATP final at the Queen's Club Championships, defeating Lleyton Hewitt and Thomas Johansson along the way.

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At the 2005 US Open, Ivo Karlovic lost to eventual runner-up Andre Agassi in three tiebreakers.

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Ivo Karlovic did not play in the finals, but played in a semifinal dead rubber.

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Ivo Karlovic edged past his rival after saving a match point in the final-set tiebreak, and then went on to defeat German No 1 Tommy Haas in the semifinals.

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Ivo Karlovic defeated world No 1 Roger Federer in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on 31 July 2008.

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Ivo Karlovic won his first five-set match in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the United States, where he came from behind to beat James Blake from two sets down.

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Ivo Karlovic met Stepanek again at the 2010 Australian Open, in another five-set marathon.

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Ivo Karlovic went on to reach a career-best fourth round there, after beating Julien Benneteau, and Ivan Ljubicic.

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Ivo Karlovic was forced to withdraw from 2010 Wimbledon due to a foot injury.

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In 2012, Ivo Karlovic beat Dudi Sela in the first round of Wimbledon in straight sets, but was knocked out in the second round by Andy Murray.

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Ivo Karlovic controversially accused Wimbledon of being biased, as he was pulled up for approximately 11-foot faults.

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In 2013, Ivo Karlovic suffered from viral meningitis, which was not immediately diagnosed.

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Ivo Karlovic was unconscious for some time, and when he woke up, he did not know his name or what year it was.

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Ivo Karlovic did not qualify for the Rogers Cup or Cincinnati Masters.

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Ivo Karlovic avenged that loss the following month at the Rogers Cup in another tight three-setter.

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Ivo Karlovic won his sixth title, defeating Donald Young at the Delray Beach Open.

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Ivo Karlovic won the 2015 Topshelf Open in doubles with Lukasz Kubot.

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Ivo Karlovic reached his second Hall of Fame Open final, which he lost to Rajeev Ram in three sets.

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Ivo Karlovic suffered a knee injury and missed two months of play.

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Ivo Karlovic reached the final of the Hall of Fame Open for the third time against Gilles Muller, which he won in three tiebreaks.

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Ivo Karlovic reached an ATP World Tour 500 series tournament at the Washington Open, which he lost to Gael Monfils.

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Ivo Karlovic then won the Los Cabos Open, beating Feliciano Lopez in straight sets and returned to the top 20 again at 37 years and 6 months.

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Ivo Karlovic began the Australian Open by defeating Horacio Zeballos in a 5-hour, 15-minute match, the second-longest match at the tournament in the Open Era.

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Aged 38, Ivo Karlovic set up the oldest ATP Tour tournament final in 41 years against Gilles Muller, aged 34, at the 2017 Ricoh Open.

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At the Ecuador Open in Quito, Ivo Karlovic made it to the Round of 16, losing to 18 years old Corentin Moutet in a third-set tie-break.

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Ivo Karlovic went on to make the final, at 39 years and 10 months becoming the oldest finalist on the ATP Tour since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall won the 1977 Hong Kong championship.

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Ivo Karlovic entered the US Open qualifying draw for possibly his last tournament.

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Ivo Karlovic won all three of his qualifying matches to qualify for the US Open, making him the second-oldest Grand Slam qualifier in the Open Era after Mal Anderson qualified for the 1977 Australian Open.

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Ivo Karlovic lost in the first round to 5th seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

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Ivo Karlovic has been absent from some previous Croatian Davis Cup campaigns owing to his dispute with the Croatian Tennis Association.

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Ivo Karlovic further strained his relations with the Croatian Tennis Association and the Croatian Olympic Committee by his last-minute withdrawal from the Olympic tournament in Beijing, communicated via an SMS message.

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Ivo Karlovic played against Japan in the first round in 2012 in Japan with wins over Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda in singles and in doubles winning with Dodig.

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Ivo Karlovic played the second match, losing against Juan Martin del Potro, and had to play the last deciding match, again losing against Federico Delbonis.

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Ivo Karlovic has hit 13,762 aces during his career, the second most in all of ATP history.

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Ivo Karlovic has a powerful forehand which he usually hits deep and fast into his opponent's baseline.

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Ivo Karlovic's serve usually causes players to return the ball lightly, at which point he will come forward on the ball and volley it.

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On 18 September 2009, Ivo Karlovic hit 78 aces in a Davis Cup match against Radek Stepanek, breaking his previous record of 51 and 55.

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In 2007, Ivo Karlovic became the fourth player to serve 1,000 aces in a season.

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Ivo Karlovic finished the year with 1,318 aces, second all-time behind Goran Ivanisevic, who hit 1,477 in 1996.

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Ivo Karlovic hit a 144 miles per hour second serve against Paul Capdeville in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic on 3 August, which is the fastest second serve on record.

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On 19 June 2015 Ivo Karlovic broke the record for most aces in a three-set ATP Tour match during the quarterfinal of 2015 Gerry Weber Open.

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Ivo Karlovic held the record for the most aces in tennis history after surpassing Goran Ivanisevic in October 2015.

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Ivo Karlovic currently endorses the Head Graphene Radical Pro, and wears Mizuno clothing.

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Early on in his career, Ivo Karlovic used Head Prestige racquets, until switching to the Head Flexpoint Instinct in 2005.

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Ivo Karlovic continued to use the Instinct until 2012, except for a brief switch to the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex in 2009.

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