Karlovic wins his 17th game at the Hall of Fame Open
Ivo Karlovic proved that he can make the best of his games by beating Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the Hall of Fame Open. The former champ went on to take down Miralles in just three sets at 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 as he notched his 17th overall win in the contest.
At the age of 42, the Croatian star lifted the tourney title in 2016. He fired 24 aces and saved all six of the break points he had to face en route to the win over Miralles. He won 87% of points behind his booming first serve.
Ivo did not look back as soon as he took the lead in the second set and won the last two. The star said that it was hard for him to lose that first set and had to get back into the game.
‘I was a little bit more aggressive and it paid off at the end’, Ivo said. ‘It’s always nice to be here in Newport, especially this week as there is no more “bubble” and everything is open again. That is really, really nice’.
Ivo is now the oldest player to play in an ATP Tour match at the age of 42. The last time the ATP saw a veteran play was in Thomas Muster back in 2011 in Vienna at the age of 44. This just shows how Ivo is keen to win games on his own and he wants to enjoy this opportunity.
While he is not within the levels of the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, Ivo still made a name for himself and proved to the rest that he can still fight and win big. Winning this title at the Hall of Fame Open should be the key to cementing his legacy as one of the gritty stars in the ATP Tour.
After all, Ivo still has a lot of games left in him. If he can win over young stars, then there is no doubt that he can keep on playing and give the fans a delight in watching his games.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores