Muller Out-Aces Karlovic for 2nd 2017 Title in Netherlands
by Staff | June 18th, 2017, 2:23 pm
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Gilles Muller is having his career year at age 34.
Muller was 0-5 career in finals prior to winning his first title in January at Sydney. Since then he reached the final at Estoril on clay, and on Sunday he won the grasscourt title at the Ricoh Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, defeating Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

“I think we should make a suggestion to the ATP that we just start with the tiebreak next time,” Muller said afterwards. “It’s always tough to play Ivo and I’m glad I could beat him. I had many friends and a lot of family coming, so it’s been a great week here.”

The match between the 38-year-old Karlovic and 34-year-old Muller was the oldest singles final on the ATP World Tour since Hong Kong in 1977, according to the ATP. That’s when 42-year-old Ken Rosewall beat 30-year-old Ilie Nastase. Muller lost to France’s Nicolas Mahut in last year’s final.

Karlovic fell to 8-10 in career finals, last winning a title at Los Cabos, Mexico, in July 2016.

There were no breaks of serve in the final as Muller struck 22 aces to Karlovic’s 19.

“It was an excellent week. I’m really happy,” said Karlovic. “Gilles had an unbelievable week and it’s nice he could win on Father’s Day.”

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