Most Aces Hit In A Tennis Match – Karlovic Fires 3-Set Record 44 In Zagreb [Chart]
by Staff | February 5th, 2014, 1:01 am
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Tennis’s serving sensation Ivo Karlovic matched a record yesterday firing 44 aces in a 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win over Daniel Brands in the first round of Zagreb.

The 6-foot-11 Karlovic’s 44 ace count matches Mark Philippoussis’s long-standing 3-set mark set back in 1995 at Kuala Lumpur.

Here are the most aces hit in a 3-set match on the ATP Tour since 1991 when aces first began being tracked (via ATP):

Tournament  Player Result-Opponent, Round
 Aces
2014 Zagreb (I) Ivo Karlovic d. Daniel Brands
67 75 76, 1R
44
1995 Kuala Lumpur (I) Mark Philippoussis d. Byron Black
67 62 64, 2R
44
2007 Lyon (I) Mardy Fish l. to Olivier Rochus
67 76 76, 2R
43
1997 Zagreb (I) Goran Ivanisevic d. Magnus Norman
76 67 75, 1R
40

And overall, Karlovic now has six entries on the record list for most aces hit in any match!

MOST ACES HIT IN A MATCH
since 1991
Aces
Player
W/L
Opponent
Rnd
Event
Sets
113
J. Isner
W
N. Mahut
1st
Wimbledon
5
103
N. Mahut
L
J. Isner
1st
Wimbledon
5
78
I. Karlovic
L
R. Stepanek
SF
09 Davis Cup
5
55
I. Karlovic
L
L. Hewitt
1st
09 French Open
5
51
J. Johansson
L
A. Agassi
4th
05 Australian Open
4
51
I. Karlovic
L
D. Bracciali
1st
05 Wimbledon
5
50
R. Federer
W
A. Roddick
F
09 Wimbledon
5
49
R. Krajicek
L
Y.Kafelnikov
QF
99 US Open
5
48
M. Rosset
L
A. Clement
QF
01 Davis Cup
5
48
N. Almagro
W
O. Rochus
1st
12 Wimbledon
5
48
I. Karlovic
L
I. Dodig
1st
11 Australian Open
5
47
G. Kuerten
L
D. Nestor
Q
03 Davis Cup
5
46
I. Karlovic
W
J. Tsonga
3rd
09 Wimbledon
4
46
G. Ivanisevic
L
M. Norman
2nd
97 Wimbledon
5
46
M. Philippoussis
W
A. Agassi
4th
03 Wimbledon
5
44
I. Karlovic
W
D. Brands
1st
14 Zagreb
3
44
M. Philippoussis
W
B. Black
4th
95 Kuala Lumpur
3

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13 Comments for Most Aces Hit In A Tennis Match – Karlovic Fires 3-Set Record 44 In Zagreb [Chart]

Margot Says:

Who on earth enjoys this kind of tennis? Is it a male thing? Enlighten me someone…anyone!


Giles Says:

The ATP should introduce a new tournament entitled “Aces High”. The player hitting the highest number of aces wins the tournament.
Winner: Karlovic


Mr. Larvey Says:

@Giles

And they should play only Iron Maiden during the change overs :)


queen Says:

When u have no brain for the game u learn how to ace. U need to get the points somehow…


Ben Pronin Says:

These are anomolies for the most part. Sometimes it’s pretty cool. But notice how most of the players lost the matches anyway.


Ben Pronin Says:

“When u have no brain for the game u learn how to ace”

Because the guys who have a brain for the game would rather not get 2 sets worth of free points.


RZ Says:

These high numbers of aces only really happen because the opponent – win or lose – plays tough. If the opponent wasn’t up to a challenge and prolonged the match, there wouldn’t be an opportunity for so many aces.


Colin Says:

Queen, what sort of brain is used by people who write postings in textspeak. Is your time so extraordinarily valuable that you can’t use a few more keystrokes? Or is it that you can’t spell?

Regarding Karlovic, there is a tendency to talk as if his serving relied merely on his great height. Surely he must also have a very good and reliable service action.


SG1 Says:

Kuerten aced Nestor 47 times? What? How does this even make sense?


SG1 Says:

Fascinating that Pistol Pete was nowhere to be found on this list. Serve and nothing else…yeah right.


Djokerfan Says:

The last time I checked, the serve was as much part of tennis as a forehand. Do people really think it’s easy to go there and serve ace after ace?


Djokerfan Says:

SG1, Pete was a fantastic player. Only the ignorant would say he was only serve.


Djokerfan Says:

SG1, the score was 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. That is quite a lot of games per set.

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