ATP Tour

Croatia's Karlovic finding new tennis life at 40

2019-03-11 09:45
Ivo Karlovic (Getty Images)

Indian Wells - Ivo Karlovic has already made history at Indian Wells as the oldest man to win an ATP Masters 1000 match, and the 40-year-old Croatian doesn't want to stop there.

Karlovic followed up his milestone first-round win against Aussie Matthew Ebden with a second-round victory Borna Coric

He fired 20 aces past his 22-year-old compatriot Coric and will battle for a fourth-round berth against Indian qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran, at 29 a mere stripling compared to Karlovic.

In a tournament that has seen 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime - one of four teens in the men's draw - move into the third round, Karlovic's status as the event's elder statesman is nothing new.

"Every week I am the oldest at something," said Karlovic, who became the oldest man in more than four decades to reach an ATP final when he finished runner-up in Pune in January.

"Next week it will be the oldest ever to walk without implants in his hip," he quipped.

"Obviously it is nice that I'm still doing this, which I love, so hopefully I can continue much longer. But if not, it's also good."

Karlovic has dealt with his share of injuries in 18 years as a pro, as well as a debilitating bout of viral meningitis in 2013 that required a lengthy recovery.

"Obviously there's always issues with my knee, shoulder, back, elbow. I can go on, but it's all good," Karlovic said.

The idea of spending more time with his young family, coupled with lacklustre results and a falling ranking, had him wondering if it was time to retire last year.

But now that he's on the rise again - up to 89th in the world from 138th last September - Karlovic is feeling rejuvenated.

"I know that I will not continue forever," he said. "So I'm trying to squeeze as much as I can."

Results on Sunday in the BNP Paribas Open WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament (x-denotes seeded player):


Second round

Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x28) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Denis Shapovalov (CAN x24) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x10) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-4

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x16) 6-0, 7-6 (7/4)

Kyle Edmund (GBR x22) bt Nicolás Jarry (CHI) 6-2, 6-0

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) bt Marton Fucsovics (HUN x29) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5

Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-1, 7-5

John Isner (USA x8) bt Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-0, 6-2

Guido Pella (ARG x32) bt Alex Bolt (AUS) 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-3

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Karen Khachanov (RUS x12) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Daniil Medvedev (RUS x14) bt Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 7-5, 6-0

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) bt David Goffin (BEL x20) 6-3, 6-3

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x25) bt Roberto Carballés (ESP) 6-3, 6-1

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-1, 6-1


Third round

Kiki Bertens (NED x7) bt Johanna Konta (GBR) 7-6 (12/10), 6-4

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x20) bt Serena Williams (USA x10) 6-3, 1-0 retired

Wang Qiang (CHN x18) bt Elise Mertens (BEL x16) 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) bt Stefanie Vögele (SUI) 6-1, 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UKR x6) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 7-5, 6-4

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x12) bt Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-3, 6-2

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x22) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 7-6 (7/3), 7-5


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