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Australian Open: Karlovic becomes the oldest player to win a Slam match in 42 years

Ivo Karlovic (Photo: si.robi/CC)

MELBOURNE, 21 January 2020 – Veteran Croatian tennis player Ivo Karlovic continues to break records. 

Karlovic, who turns 41 next month, became the oldest player to win a match at a Grand Slam in 42 years. The 6 ft 11 in Croatian hit 14 aces on his way to defeating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 7:6 (4), 6:4, 7:5 in the first round on Tuesday at the Australian Open. 

The last time a player over the age of 40 won a match at the Australian Open was Ken Rosewall back in 1978. Karlovic surpassed his own record as he was the last player over the age of 40 to win a match at a Grand Slam when he beat Thomas Fabbiano in the first round at Wimbledon last year. 

Karlovic will face France’s Gael Monfils in the second round on Thursday. 

The Croatian has broken a number of records during his lengthy career. He officially held the record for the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measured at 251 km/h (156 mph), before being surpassed by Samuel Groth in 2012. 

He also holds the all-time record for career aces and is one of only four players in history to surpass 10,000 aces and is the oldest ATP Challenger title winner in history. 

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