Tennis

Karlovic defies age against Tsonga

2015-07-04 19:21
Ivo Karlovic. (File, AP)

London - Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man in 39 years to reach the Wimbledon last-16 when he beat French 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round on Saturday.

The 36-year-old giant fired 41 aces past Tsonga in a 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (11/9) win and goes on to face either 2013 champion Andy Murray or Italy's Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarter-finals.

Karlovic is the oldest man to make the fourth round at the All England Club since compatriot Niki Pilic in 1976.

The 23rd seed is also the oldest to reach the last-16 of any of the four Grand Slams since 39-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

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