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Ivo Karlovic Ties Three-Set Aces Record

Zagreb, Croatia

Aces, Karlovic© Getty ImagesIvo Karlovic ranks in the all-time Top 10 for ace leaders, according to ATP MatchFacts.

Ivo Karlovic ranks in the all-time Top 10 for ace leaders, according to ATP MatchFacts.

Karlovic struck 44 aces past Daniel Brands 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(3) on 4 February in the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. It tied an ATP World Tour record for most aces in a three-sets match. Mark Philippoussis hit 44 aces in the second round of his 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Byron Black at Kuala Lumpur in October 1995.

It marked the fourth time since 1991 that a player had hit at least 40 aces in a best-of-three sets match, all coming indoors, and the second time in Zagreb:

Tournament  Player Result-Opponent, Round
2014 Zagreb (I) Ivo Karlovic d. Daniel Brands
67 75 76, 1R
1995 Kuala Lumpur (I) Mark Philippoussis d. Byron Black
67 62 64, 2R
2007 Lyon (I) Mardy Fish l. to Olivier Rochus
67 76 76, 2R
1997 Zagreb (I) Goran Ivanisevic d. Magnus Norman
76 67 75, 1R

The 6'11" Croat, who won 91 per cent of his first service points and did not face a break point, surpassed his personal-best 38 aces in a three-set match, registered against Tomas Berdych in 2007 at Basel. He also served highs of 55 aces against Lleyton Hewitt in 2009 at Roland Garros, and 78 against Radek Stepanek later that year in the Davis Cup semi-finals, in a match decided in a 16-14 fifth set.

Karlovic leads the ATP World Tour with eight career matches with 40 or more aces (not including Davis Cup):

Tournament Result-Opponent, Round
’09 Roland Garros l. to Lleyton Hewitt, 1R
’05 Wimbledon l. to Daniele Bracciali, 1R
’11 Australian Open l. to Ivan Dodig, 1R
’09 Wimbledon d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 3R
’14 Zagreb d. Daniel Brands, 1R
’08 US Open d. Florent Serra, 2R
’04 Wimbledon d. Gilles Elseneer, 2R
’04 Wimbledon d. Feliciano Lopez, 3R

Note: Karlovic hit 78 aces in Davis Cup SF (loss) vs. Radek Stepanek in September 2009.

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