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Ivo Karlovic: A Game Of Inches

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Karlovic© ATP World TourThe 6'11" Ivo Karlovic is eyeing his second ATP World Tour title of the year, in Moscow.

Is Ivo Karlovic still growing at age 34? 

At an official height of 6’10,” the big-serving Croat is the tallest player in the history of the ATP World Tour, but the former World No. 14 suddenly has company. When fellow tennis giant John Isner changed his official height from 6’9” to 6’10” this summer, the affable Karlovic took to Twitter last month to confirm his status. 

"Due to the recent increase in John Isner’s height, I had to double check mine. And what do you know?!! Your boy is 6’11! #tennismakesyougrow"

Karlovic is not relinquishing his "tallest player in history" moniker without a fight.

The five-time champion on the ATP World Tour had his height re-assessed this week at the Kremlin Cup, in Moscow. It took a team of five to complete the measurement. 

The verdict? Well, Karlovic was right after all. 6’11”.

“Don’t know when I grew. Maybe they stretched me in the hospital,” the Croat joked, referring to his hospital stay due to a case of viral meningitis earlier in the year.

Karlovic: Finding The Right Height

Karlovic utilises the leverage from his height to produce one of the most feared serves in the game. At 156 mph (251 km/h), it is officially the fastest on record at a tour-level event, having surpassed Andy Roddick during Croatia’s 2011 Davis Cup tie against Germany. Unsurprisingly, he leads the Kremlin Cup this week in aces, with 42, and has only been broken once in 34 service games. He claimed his first career bagel set won, in 432 tour-level matches, with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Russian teen Karen Khachanov in Friday’s quarter-finals.

The Croat will face top seed Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals as he seeks his second ATP World Tour title of the year. Karlovic hoisted the trophy on the hard courts of Bogota in July.

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