CLARO OPEN COLOMBIA 2013
Unbroken Karlovic Into Bogota Final Against Falla
by ATP Staff|
Ivo Karlovic is yet to be broken at the Claro Open Colombia and on Sunday in Bogota will contest his first ATP World Tour final in more than three years. The Croatian kept up his unbroken run with a 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 victory over second seed Kevin Anderson in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Karlovic fired 22 aces and broke serve twice, saving the only break point he faced in the contest lasting just under two hours. His last appearance in an ATP World Tour final came in 2010 at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, where he finished runner-up to Ernests Gulbis.
The 34-year-old Karlovic has a 4-3 record in ATP World Tour finals, with his last title coming five years ago on grass in Nottingham (d. Verdasco). He won three titles in 2007.
Karlovic made a welcome return to action last week with a quarter-final showing in Newport (l. to Isner), having been sidelined for the best part of three months while recovering from viral meningitis.
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In the final of the inaugural Claro Open Colombia, Karlovic will face home hope Alejandro Falla, who battled past Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4. It will be their first meeting since Falla won a five-set contest in the Roland Garros first round in 2008.
The 29-year-old Falla is through to his first ATP World Tour final, having recorded his first Top 20 win of the season in Friday’s quarter-finals when he upset World No. 16 Janko Tipsarevic. Currently World No. 122 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Falla is set to return to the Top 100 at around No. 88 by reaching the final.