Ivo Karlovic seems to be getting better with age. Earlier today at the inaugural event in Los Cabos, Mexico, the 37-year-old won his eighth career title beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-2.
“It was a difficult match in the beginning,” said Karlovic. “He was playing really well. I was a little lucky at the end of the first set, but that gave me confidence for the rest of the match. I realised what he was doing and took my opportunities.”
Karlovic cracked 21 aces and never lost serving during the 82 minutes win over the lefty. And at his age and Lopez 34, it was the oldest final on the ATP since 1977 Hong Kong 1977 between Ken Rosewall and Tom Gorman (74 years, 8 months).
“I thought I could have won, but I committed a few unforced errors in the tie-break and two big double faults in the second set and was broken twice,” Lopez said. “It was complicated because he does not give you many chances on his serve.”
It’s also Karlovic second title of the summer after Newport last month. Karlovic climbs four spots in the rankings to No. 20, his first Top 20 appearance since last fall.
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