28 February 1979 |
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||253–232 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (18 August 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 30 (13 October 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2010)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||3R (2003, 2008, 2011)|
|Career record||84–102 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 44 (10 April 2006)|
|Current ranking||No. 570 (18 August 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2010)|
|French Open||2R (2004, 2011)|
|US Open||2R (2004, 2007, 2011)|
|Last updated on: 10 February 2014.|
Ivo Karlović (pronounced [ǐːv̞ɔ kâːrlɔv̞itɕ]; born 28 February 1979 in Zagreb) is a Croatian tennis player. He has won five ATP singles titles: three in 2007, one in 2008 and one in 2013. Karlović is the tallest player ever on the ATP Tour at 211 cm (6 ft 11 in). He is a serve-and-volleyer and officially held the record for the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measured at 251 km/h (156 mph), before being surpassed by Samuel Groth in 2012. He is considered one of the best servers on tour. His height enables him to serve with high speed using unique trajectory and accuracy.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Serving records
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Equipment and apparel
- 5 ATP career finals
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Doubles performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Karlović debuted for the Croatian Davis Cup team in 2000 against Ireland, when he won the dead rubber. Karlović appeared in a starting line-up for first time in 2002 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, but he lost to Juan Ignacio Chela in the second rubber and to Gastón Gaudio in fifth and decisive rubber. He has posted a 4–2 career record (2–2 in singles) in three ties since 2000.
Karlović caused a stunning upset at 2003 Wimbledon Championships when he beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in his first-ever match in a Grand Slam tournament. He finished the 2003 year in the Top 100 and as the Croatia No. 3, behind Ivan Ljubičić and Mario Ančić. He also averaged an ATP-best of 17.6 aces per match.
He continued his success during the 2004 season, winning at Calabasas, California. He reached the round of sixteen in several tournaments, including Wimbledon.
In 2005, Karlović reached his first ATP final at the Queen's Club Championships, defeating Lleyton Hewitt and Thomas Johansson along the way. In the final he lost to Andy Roddick. There were no breaks of serve in the match. Afterwards, Roddick said Karlović's serve is "probably the biggest weapon in tennis... you don't really get a feel for it unless you are on the other side. It was not fun at times."
On 19 October 2005, he finally defeated Roddick in the Madrid Masters event.
On 26 February 2006, he won his first ATP Doubles Tournament with South African Chris Haggard, beating James Blake and Mardy Fish in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, Memphis, USA. On 10 April he reached a career high of No. 46 in doubles.
On 23 June 2007, he won his second title of the year and his career at Nottingham, the last grass tune-up before Wimbledon, defeating No. 7 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, Gilles Simon, Juan Martín del Potro, No. 2 seed Dmitry Tursunov (a match played on indoor hard courts due to torrential rain), and Arnaud Clément. As a result, he surpassed his career high from May of last year and broke into the top 45 for the first time. Despite a first round loss at Wimbledon, he rose to No. 40, making his top 40 debut.
On 14 October 2007 he won his third title of the year by taking the Stockholm Open, defeating former Australian Open Champion Thomas Johansson in three sets in the final. Earlier Karlović had yet again met Frenchman Arnaud Clément in his quarter final, the pair having met 5 times this year alone including in the final of Nottingham earlier in the year where Karlović secured his second career title. Karlović edged past his rival after saving match point in the final set tiebreak and then went on to defeat German number 1 Tommy Haas in the semi-final.
At the 2008 Australian Open, Karlović entered the men's doubles tournament with 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) John Isner, making them the tallest doubles pair in history. Despite losing in the first round, Karlović said "It was a lot of fun. We will win together next time."
Karlović defeated world number one Roger Federer 7–6, 4–6, 7–6 in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on 31 July 2008. This was his first victory in seven matches against Federer. It was this loss which caused Federer to lose his No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal. Karlović then advanced to the semi-finals where he lost to eventual champion Andy Murray. This was his career-best result in a top-level tournament.
At the US Open, Karlovic fell to Sam Querrey in straight sets.
At the 2008 Madrid Masters, he stunned World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in two tie-breaker sets serving 20 aces to seal victory in 1 hour and 42 minutes. However he lost in the quarter-finals to Frenchman Gilles Simon being dominated in the tiebreaks. He was also lobbed over the head three times.
At Wimbledon 2009 he powered through the first two rounds. In the next two rounds he needed only one break of serve in the third set to defeat both ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and seventh seed Fernando Verdasco advancing to face Roger Federer in his first ever quarterfinal at a Grand Slam. The match was a relatively one-sided affair, with Federer winning in straight sets and going on to win the tournament.
In the 2009 Davis Cup semifinals, Karlović was defeated by Radek Štěpánek, despite hitting a record-breaking 78 aces (the record has since been taken by American John Isner). The match was one of the longest in the history of the Davis Cup, lasting 5 h 59 min. There were only three breaks of serve in this match.
Karlovic also 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.
Karlović met Štěpánek again at the 2010 Australian Open, in another five set marathon of a match. This time, the 13-seeded Štěpánek fell, as Ivo pulled off the victory. In all five set matches Karlovic has played, this is only his second win. He went on to reach a career best fourth round appearance there, after beating Štěpánek, Julien Benneteau (in four sets) and Ivan Ljubičić (also in four sets). After giving a solid performance, he was ousted by the second seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal in that round.
As the second seed at the 2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, he made a runner-up effort, losing to first-time ATP-finalist Ernests Gulbis.
In the 2010 Davis Cup, where Croatia had a first round clash with Ecuador, Karlovic defeated Nicolás Lapentti in five sets. This was his third five-set match win, following his five-set win over Štěpánek at the Australian Open. His five-set record now stands at 3–12.
Karlović was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a foot injury.
Karlović beat Dudi Sela in the first round of Wimbledon in straight sets, but was knocked out in the second round by Andy Murray. Karlović controversially accused Wimbledon of being biased, as he was pulled up for approximately 11 foot faults.
In 2013, Karlović suffered from viral meningitis, which was not immediately diagnosed. He was unconscious for some time, and when he woke up, he did not know his name or what year it was. After a lengthy recovery, he was able to play again in Newport in July, where he made it to the quarterfinals, before being defeated by John Isner in one of their typical ace-fests.
In Bogota, also in July, he won his fifth ATP title, after beating Alejandro Falla in the final. He did not qualify for the Rogers Cup or Cincinnati.
At the US Open, he made it through qualifying and into the second round by defeating James Blake in the last singles match of his career in five sets. In the second round, he met Stanislas Wawrinka, to whom he lost in straight sets.
Karlović 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.
On 18 September 2009, Karlović hit 78 aces (77 aces on 1st serve) in a Davis Cup match against Radek Štěpánek, breaking his previous record of 51 (against Daniele Bracciali in the 2005 Wimbledon Championships) and 55 (against Lleyton Hewitt in the 2009 French Open). Only once in his ATP career has he failed to hit an ace during a match, which was in the 2008 Monte Carlo Masters against Frenchman Gaël Monfils. His record of aces in a single match was broken by both John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history at the first round of 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where Isner hit 113 aces and Mahut hit 103.
Karlović's fastest official serve is 156 miles per hour (251 km/h), which he hit during his five-set loss in a Davis Cup first round third rubber doubles match with Ivan Dodig against Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner of Germany. His previous record was 153 miles per hour (246 km/h) in a victory over Arnaud Clément in the final of Nottingham in 2007. This is the third-fastest first serve on record, after Andy Roddick's 155 miles per hour (249 km/h). He also hit a 144 miles per hour (232 km/h) second serve against Paul Capdeville on 3 August 2007, which is the fastest second serve on record.
Karlovic's record of a 156 mph serve was broken by Samuel Groth at the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan. However, he still officially holds the record, since the ATP does not officially recognise service speed records in Challengers because of the variance in radar guns used.
- During Karlović's childhood, his mother Gordana worked in agriculture, while his father Vlado was a meteorologist.
- He married his wife Alsi on 29 March 2005. Their first child, Jada Valentina, was born in September 2011.
- One of his favorite activities is playing basketball.
- Karlović wears size 16 shoes.
Equipment and apparel
Karlovic currently endorses the Head Graphene Radical Pro, and wears Li-Ning clothing as well as shoes. Early on in his career, Karlovic used Head Prestige racquets, until switching to the Head Flexpoint Instinct in 2005. He continued to use the Instinct until 2012, except for a brief switch to the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex in 2009. In 2013, after a period of struggling to find a replacement for the Flexpoint Instinct he enjoyed, he finally switched to the Head YouTek IG Radical Pro, and proceeded to endorse the new Graphene Radical in 2014. Karlovic has previously worn apparel by Diadora and Sergio Tacchini, as well as his own brand 6’10”.
ATP career finals
Singles: 12 (5-7)
|Runner-up||1.||23 June 2005||Queen's Club Championship, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Andy Roddick||6–7(7–9), 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||2.||18 February 2007||SAP Open, San José, United States||Hard||Andy Murray||7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–7(2–7)|
|Winner||1.||9 April 2007||U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Houston, United States||Clay||Mariano Zabaleta||6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||2.||18 June 2007||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Arnaud Clément||5–7, 6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||3.||14 October 2007||Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Thomas Johansson||6–3, 3–6, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||21 June 2008||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom (2)||Grass||Fernando Verdasco||7–5, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(10–8)|
|Runner-up||3.||28 February 2010||Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Ernests Gulbis||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||5.||21 July 2013||Claro Open Colombia, Bogotà, Colombia||Hard||Alejandro Falla||6–3, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||4.||16 February 2014||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Kei Nishikori||4–6, 6–7(0–7)|
|Runner-up||5.||24 May 2014||Düsseldorf Open, Düsseldorf, Germany||Clay||Philipp Kohlschreiber||2–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||6.||13 July 2014||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Lleyton Hewitt||3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7)|
|Runner-up||7.||20 July 2014||Claro Open Colombia, Bogotà, Colombia||Hard||Bernard Tomic||6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–7(4–7)|
Doubles: 2 (1-1)
|Winner||1.||20 February 2006||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard||Chris Haggard|| James Blake
|0–6, 7–5, [10–5]|
|Runner-up||1.||23 July 2007||Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Teymuraz Gabashvili|| Juan Martín del Potro
|6–3, 2–6, [6–10]|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||2R||2R||LQ||3R||3R||2R||QF||1R||2R||2R||10–10|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||1R||A||A||3R||Not Masters Series||2–2|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||1R||A||A||A||A||3R||2–2|
|Year End Ranking||73||61||70||98||22||25||37||73||56||97||78|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
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- Federer says Ivo has best serve in the game
- Roddick handles Karlovic, serve
- Tom Perrotta – Ivo has the best serve
- Roddick says Ivo's serve is biggest weapon in tennis
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- BBC World Sport Today 19 September 2009.
- "Wimbledon 2012". Retrieved 29 June 2012.
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- "Karlovic: I Didn't Know My Name"
- "Isner Sinks Karlovic in Ace Fest"
- "Misterij Karlović: Čovjek koji je Olimpijske igre otkazao SMS-om". Sportske novosti (in Croatian). 8 August 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- "Mateša: Karlović je iskazao potpuno odsustvo odgovornosti". Vjesnik (in Croatian). 8 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
- Monte Carlo Masters. "Ferrer, Davydenko Advance in Straight Sets". Monte Carlo Masters. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
- Karlovic hits 1,000th ace
- Karlovic serves up record 156 mph blast
- Karlovic Stats
- 153mph serve
- . Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- . Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- . Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- http://www.vecernji.hr/scena/tenisac-ivo-karlovic-supruga-alsiona-postali-roditelji-djevojcice-clanak-327920 (Croatian)
- ATPtennis.com – Players – Profiles – Career Highlights & Biography
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- Karlović Recent Match Results
- Karlović World Ranking History
- Karlović Official Website
|Fastest serve world record holder
6 March 2011 – 12 May 2012