Ivo Karlovic

Estrella Burgos Tops Lorenzi to Three-Peat at Ecuador Open

February 12, 2017

The King of Quito did it again. Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic pulled off a dramatic three-peat at the Ecuador Open in Quito Sunday afternoon, saving a match point and defeating No. 3 seed Paolo Lorenzi 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (6) in the final. The 5-foot-8 Dominican dynamo improved to 15-0 in Quito […]

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Karlovic Edges Khachanov to Reach Erste Bank Open Semis in Vienna

October 28, 2016

  Towering Croat Ivo Karlovic wore down rising #NextGen star Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal battle of big men with big serves at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-11 Karlovic served 29 aces — none more important than one that saved a match point […]

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Karlovic Defeats Lopez for Los Cabos Title

August 14, 2016

Big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic’s red-hot summer continues. The 37-year-old Karlovic defeated top seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Abierto Mexicano Mifel in Los Cabos last night. For the third-seeded Karlovic the title was his second of the summer and the eighth of his career. The 6-foot-11 Croatian won at […]

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Karlovic Upsets Cilic to Advance to Third Round at Rogers Cup

July 27, 2016

“Ol’ Man River” just keeps rolling along. Thirty-seven-year-old Ivo Karlovic toppled No. 8 seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a second-round battle of fellow Croats earlier today at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Karlovic, ranked No. 27 in the world, has certainly been on a roll lately, winning at Newport two weeks ago and […]

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Karlovic Outlasts Muller to Win Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

July 18, 2016

Big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic defeated Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12) in the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships yesterday afternoon. The pulsating victory helped the second-seeded Karlovic erase bad memories of losing the championship match at the Newport Casino each of the past two years. At 37 years and […]

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Dimitrov Edges Karlovic to Reach Istanbul Open Final

April 30, 2016

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov edged past big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (0), 7-6 (2) Saturday afternoon in the first semifinal of the Istanbul Open. The second-seeded Dimitrov reached his eighth ATP Tour final and will battle Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman for his fifth career title tomorrow. Dimitrov was superlative on serve, hitting 10 aces and winning 90 percent […]

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Karlovic Defeats Lajovic at Istanbul for 300th Career Win

April 28, 2016

Ivo Karlovic won his 300th career match earlier today after eight unsuccessful tries. The big- serving Croatian defeated Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (11), 7-6 (7) in the second round of the Istanbul Open for his first win since late last year. Karlovic, who has been struggling to overcome a left knee injury, improved to 5-0 against […]

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Karlovic Bounces Wawrinka Out of Swiss Indoors

October 28, 2015

Ivo Karlovic rallied from a set and 1-3 down to defeat No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors Basel Wednesday night. The win was the first time in eight years that Karlovic has beaten Wawrinka and improved his record to 2-5 against the Swiss. It […]

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Nadal Survives Karlovic Challenge at Shanghai Masters

October 14, 2015

Rafael Nadal edged Ivo Karlovic by the narrowest of margins Wednesday night, besting the towering Croat 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The difference in reality was an untimely double fault by Karlovic in the third set tiebreaker, gifting Nadal the only mini-break in the deciding tie-break. […]

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Picks and Preview for 2015 U.S. Open

August 30, 2015

It’s the last day of August and the first day of the U.S. Open tomorrow. Questions may reign about the likely winner in the men’s draw, but in reality, in my view, not many. Will there be a surprise victor, such as last year’s champion Marin Cilic? Don’t think so. I see one of the […]

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