Ivo Karlović Becomes Oldest Winner in ATP Challenger History!

Daniela Rogulj

The 39-year-old from Zagreb has made ATP Challenger history! 

Former Croatian Davis Cup representative Ivo Karlović has become the oldest winner of the ATP Challenger in history after raising the Cup in Canada, reports Index.hr on October 22, 2018. 

The 39-year-old Zagreb native won the Calgary tournament final after defeating Australian Jordon Thompson, a player 15 years his junior, with a score of 7:6 (3), 6:3. Karlović was the second-seed of the tournament, and Thompson was the first. 

The seventh ATP Challenger title for Karlović

This is Karlović’s seventh title in the Challenger series, and the first after he celebrated in the US seven years ago when he overcame America’s James Blake and Sam Querrey.

Along with his seven Challenger titles, the Croatian tennis player also has eight ATP titles. The last one Karlović won was two years ago in Mexico against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Karlović moves up in the ATP Ranking 

The triumph in Calgary has moved Karlović up in the ATP Ranking. Jumping up 13 positions, he is now the 108th best tennis player in the world. If we were to look only at the results achieved in 2018, then the Croatian tennis player would be ranked the 100th best in the world.

Other impressive stats about Karlović

Though it’s not just Karlović’s impressive age that has him recognized – Karlović is also one of the tallest professional tennis players in history, coming in at a height of 211 cm (6 ft 11 in). He even officially held the record for the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measuring 251 km/h (156 mph). Karović was, however, surpassed by Samuel Groth in 2012. 

Last but not least, Karlović is considered one of the best serves on tour, and he even holds an all-time record for career aces with 12,936. He is also one of just four players in history to surpass 10,000 aces.


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