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Ivo Karlović (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐːʋo kâːrloʋitɕ];[2][3] born 28 February 1979, in Zagreb) is a Croatian professional tennis player. He has won eight ATP singles titles between 2007 and 2016. Karlović's height of 211 cm (6 ft 11 in) makes him the joint tallest ranked tennis player in history, along with Reilly Opelka.[4]

Ivo Karlović
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Country (sports) Croatia
ResidenceZagreb, Croatia
Miami, Florida, United States
Born (1979-02-28) 28 February 1979 (age 40)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)[1]
Turned pro2000
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachMirko Pehar
Goran Dragicevic
Prize moneyUS$9,828,726
Singles
Career record368–338 (52.1% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 14 (18 August 2008)
Current rankingNo. 102 (21 October 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2010)
French Open3R (2014, 2016)
WimbledonQF (2009)
US Open4R (2016)
Doubles
Career record91–109 (45.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 44 (10 April 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2010)
French Open2R (2004, 2011)
Wimbledon3R (2005)
US Open2R (2004, 2007, 2011)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2005)
Last updated on: as of 21 October 2019.

He is a serve-and-volleyer and officially held the record for the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measured at 251 km/h (156 mph), before being surpassed unofficially by Samuel Groth in 2012, and officially by John Isner in 2016.[5][6]

In his prime, he was considered one of the best servers on tour,[7] holding the all-time record for career aces with 13,552.[8][9] This makes him one of only four players in history to surpass 10,000 aces.[10] His height enables him to serve with high speed and unique trajectory.[11][12][13]

Tennis careerEdit

Early careerEdit

 
Karlović at the 2004 US Open

Karlović debuted for the Croatian Davis Cup team in 2000 against Ireland, where he won the dead rubber. Karlović appeared in a starting line-up for the first time in 2002 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, but he lost to Juan Ignacio Chela in the second rubber and to Gastón Gaudio in the fifth and decisive rubber. He has posted a 4–2 career record (2–2 in singles) in three ties since 2000.

Karlović caused a major upset at Wimbledon when he beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in his first match in a Grand Slam tournament. As of 2015, Karlović remains the only player in Open tennis history, and only the second player after Charlie Pasarell, to defeat the defending Wimbledon men's singles champion in the first round.[14] He finished the 2003 year in the top 100 and as the Croatian No. 3, behind Ivan Ljubičić and Mario Ančić. He also averaged an ATP-best of 17.6 aces per match. He continued his success during the 2004 season, winning at Calabasas, California. He reached the round of sixteen in several tournaments, including Wimbledon.

2005: First ATP finalEdit

In 2005, Karlović reached his first ATP final at the Queen's Club Championships, defeating Lleyton Hewitt and Thomas Johansson along the way. In the final he lost to Andy Roddick. There were no breaks of serve in the match. Afterwards, Roddick said Karlović's serve is "probably the biggest weapon in tennis... you don't really get a feel for it unless you are on the other side. It was not fun at times."[15]

At the 2005 US Open, Karlović lost to eventual runner-up Andre Agassi in three tiebreakers. On 19 October 2005, he finally defeated Roddick in the Madrid Masters event. In November 2005, he was a member of the Croatian team that won the Davis Cup. He did not play in the finals, but played in a semifinal dead rubber.[16]

2006: Breaking into the top 50Edit

On 26 February 2006, he won his first ATP Doubles Tournament with South African Chris Haggard, beating James Blake and Mardy Fish in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, Memphis, USA.[citation needed] On 10 April, he reached a career high of No. 46 in doubles.

2007: First ATP title and breaking top 30Edit

Karlović and Roger Federer were the only players who won titles on three different surfaces during the 2007 season.

At age 28, he won his first ATP singles title at the 2007 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas, defeating Mariano Zabaleta in the final. On 29 May 2007 at the French Open, he defeated eighth seed James Blake in the first round. In the next round he lost to Jonas Björkman in five sets.

On 23 June 2007, he won his second title of the year and his career at Nottingham, the last grass tune-up before Wimbledon, defeating seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka, Gilles Simon, Juan Martín del Potro, second seed Dmitry Tursunov (a match played on indoor hard courts due to torrential rain), and Arnaud Clément. Despite a first-round loss at Wimbledon, he rose to No. 40, making his top-40 debut.

On 14 October 2007, he won his third title of the year by taking the Stockholm Open, defeating former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson in three sets in the final.[17] Earlier, Karlović had yet again met Frenchman Arnaud Clément in his quarterfinal, the pair having met five times that year alone, including in the final of Nottingham, where Karlović secured his second career title. Karlović edged past his rival after saving a match point in the final-set tiebreak, and then went on to defeat German No. 1 Tommy Haas in the semifinals.

2008: Fourth ATP title and breaking top 15Edit

At the 2008 Australian Open, Karlović entered the men's doubles tournament with 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) John Isner, making them the tallest doubles pair in history. Despite losing in the first round, Karlović said "It was a lot of fun. We will win together next time."[18]

Karlović defeated world No. 1 Roger Federer in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on 31 July 2008. This was his first victory in seven matches against Federer. It was this loss which caused Federer to lose his No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal. Karlović then advanced to the semifinals where he lost to eventual champion Andy Murray. This was his career-best result in a top-level tournament.

At the US Open, Karlović fell to Sam Querrey in straight sets.

At the 2008 Madrid Masters, he stunned World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in two tie-breaker sets serving 20 aces to seal victory in 1 hour and 42 minutes. However, he lost in the quarterfinals to Frenchman Gilles Simon, being dominated in the tiebreaks.

2009: First Grand Slam quarterfinalEdit

 
Ivo Karlović and Ivan Dodig in Davis Cup doubles match against Germany

At Wimbledon 2009, he powered through the first two rounds, beating Lukáš Lacko and Steve Darcis. In the next two rounds he needed only one break of serve in the third set to defeat both ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and seventh seed Fernando Verdasco, advancing to face Roger Federer in his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam. The match was a relatively one-sided affair, with Federer winning in straight sets and going on to win the tournament.

In the 2009 Davis Cup semifinals, Karlović was defeated by Radek Štěpánek, despite hitting a record-breaking 78 aces (the record has since been taken by John Isner). The match was one of the longest in the history of the Davis Cup, lasting 5 hours, 59 minutes. There were only three breaks of serve in this match.[19]

Karlović also won his first five-set match in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the United States, where he came from behind to beat James Blake from two sets down.

2010: injuries and absencesEdit

Karlović met Štěpánek again at the 2010 Australian Open, in another five-set marathon. This time, the 13-seeded Štěpánek lost. In all five-set matches Karlović has played, this is only his second win. He went on to reach a career-best fourth round there, after beating Julien Benneteau (in four sets), and Ivan Ljubičić (also in four sets). After giving a solid performance, he was ousted by the second seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal in that round.

As the second seed at the 2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, he made a runner-up effort, losing to first-time ATP-finalist Ernests Gulbis.

In the 2010 Davis Cup, where Croatia had a first-round clash with Ecuador, Karlović defeated Nicolás Lapentti in five sets. This was his third five-set match win, following his five-set win over Štěpánek at the Australian Open. His five-set record then stood at 3–12.

Karlović was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a foot injury.[20]

2011–13: Rankings fall and fifth ATP titleEdit

 
Karlović at the 2013 US Open

February 2011 saw Karlović temporarily exit from the top 200. In 2012, Karlović beat Dudi Sela in the first round of Wimbledon in straight sets, but was knocked out in the second round by Andy Murray.[21] Karlović controversially accused Wimbledon of being biased, as he was pulled up for approximately 11 foot faults.[22]

In 2013, Karlović suffered from viral meningitis, which was not immediately diagnosed. He was unconscious for some time, and when he woke up, he did not know his name or what year it was.[23] After a lengthy recovery, he was able to play again in Newport in July, where he made it to the quarterfinals, before being defeated by John Isner in one of their typical ace-fests.[24]

In Bogota, also in July, he won his fifth ATP title, beating Alejandro Falla in the final. He did not qualify for the Rogers Cup or Cincinnati Masters.

At the US Open, he made it through qualifying and into the second round by defeating James Blake in the last singles match of his career in five sets. In the second round, he met Stanislas Wawrinka, to whom he lost in straight sets.

2014: Four ATP finals and return to top 30Edit

In February, Karlović reached the final of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, losing to Kei Nishikori. In May, he reached the final of the Düsseldorf Open, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber. In July, he reached the final of the Hall of Fame Open, losing an epic match to Lleyton Hewitt. Another solid week of tennis saw him make back-to-back finals, this time at the Claro Open Colombia, losing to Bernard Tomic in a tight three-setter. He avenged that loss the following month at the Rogers Cup in another tight three-setter.

2015: Sixth ATP title and return to top 20Edit

Karlović won his sixth title, defeating Donald Young at the Delray Beach Open. He also won the 2015 Topshelf Open in doubles with Łukasz Kubot. He reached his second Hall of Fame Open final, which he lost to Rajeev Ram in three sets.

2016: Injury, seventh and eighth titlesEdit

Karlović suffered a knee injury and missed two months of play. He reached the final of the Hall of Fame Open for the third time against Gilles Müller, which he won in three tiebreaks. At the age of 37 and 5 months, he became the oldest player to win an ATP title since 1979. He reached an ATP World Tour 500 series tournament at the Washington Open (tennis), which he lost to Gaël Monfils. He then won the Los Cabos Open, beating Feliciano López in straight sets and returned to the top 20 again at 37 years and 6 months.

2017: 75 Aces at Australian OpenEdit

Karlović began the Australian Open by defeating Horacio Zeballos in a 5-hour, 15 minute match, the second-longest match at the tournament in the Open Era (behind the Djokovic–Nadal final in 2012). He set an Australian Open record, hitting 75 aces.

Aged 38, Karlović set up the oldest ATP Tour tournament final in 41 years against Gilles Muller, aged 34, at the 2017 Ricoh Open.[25]

2018: Defying ageEdit

At the Australian Open, Karlović progressed to the Round of 32, losing to Andreas Seppi, 7–9 in the fifth set.

At the Ecuador Open in Quito, Karlović made it to the Round of 16, losing to 18 years old Corentin Moutet in a third-set tie-break.

Next, he reached the quarterfinals at New York Open losing to second seed Sam Querrey.

After a string of tight first round losses at Delray Beach Open, Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open (tennis), the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston saw Karlović reach the semifinals with wins over Japanese Taro Daniel, Denis Kudla and 4th seed Nick Kyrgios. In the semifinals, he lost to eventual runner-up Tennys Sandgren in two close tie-break sets.

At Wimbledon, he reached the second round. At the US Open, he was defeated in the second round of qualifying.

In October, he became the oldest champion of an ATP Challenger tournament, winning the Calgary Challenger at 39 years and seven months.[26]

2019: Oldest ATP finalist since 1977Edit

At the Maharashtra Open Karlović beat teenager Félix Auger-Aliassime in first round. The age gap of 21 years and 6 months between the two players was the largest on the ATP Tour since 1976. Karlović and Auger-Aliassime were the oldest and the youngest players in the Top 200 ATP Rankings at the beginning of the 2019 season.[27] He went on to make the final, at 39 years and 10 months becoming the oldest finalist on the ATP Tour since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall won the 1977 Hong Kong championship.[28]

With his victory over Matthew Ebden at the Indian Wells Masters, he became the first player aged over 40 to win an ATP Tour match since Jimmy Connors in 1995. In addition, he is the oldest to win a match in ATP Masters 1000 history.[29]

Davis CupEdit

Karlović has been absent from some previous Croatian Davis Cup campaigns owing to his dispute with the Croatian Tennis Association.[30] He further strained his relations with the Croatian Tennis Association and the Croatian Olympic Committee by his last-minute withdrawal from the Olympic tournament in Beijing, communicated via an SMS message.[31][32]

He played against Japan in the first round in 2012 in Japan with wins over Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda in singles and in doubles winning with Dodig.

In 2016, he accepted an invitation to the Davis Cup final against Argentina. He played the second match, losing against Juan Martín del Potro, and had to play the last deciding match, again losing against Federico Delbonis.

Serving recordsEdit

 
Karlović produced the fastest serve ever during a Davis Cup doubles match against Germany on 5 March 2011

On 18 September 2009, Karlović hit 78 aces (77 aces on 1st serve) in a Davis Cup match against Radek Štěpánek, breaking his previous record of 51 (against Daniele Bracciali in the 2005 Wimbledon Championships) and 55 (against Lleyton Hewitt in the 2009 French Open). Only once in his ATP career has he failed to hit an ace during a match, which was in the 2008 Monte Carlo Masters against Frenchman Gaël Monfils.[33] His record of aces in a single match was broken by both John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history at the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where Isner hit 113 aces and Mahut hit 103.

In 2007 Karlović became the fourth player to serve 1,000 aces in a season. He finished the year with 1,318 aces, second all-time behind Goran Ivanišević, who hit 1,477 in 1996.[34] In 2015 he became the third player (after Goran Ivanišević and Andy Roddick) to serve 9,000 career aces.,[35] and the second to notch 10,000 aces.

Karlović's fastest official serve is 156 miles per hour (251 km/h), which he hit during his five-set loss in a Davis Cup first round third rubber doubles match with Ivan Dodig against Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner of Germany. That was ATP's official record at the time.[36] His previous record was 153 miles per hour (246 km/h) in a victory over Arnaud Clément in the final of Nottingham in 2007. This is the third-fastest first serve on record, after Andy Roddick's 155 miles per hour (249 km/h).[37][38]
He also hit a 144 miles per hour (232 km/h) second serve against Paul Capdeville in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic on 3 August, which is the fastest second serve on record.[37][39][40][41]

Karlovic's record of a 156 mph serve was broken by Samuel Groth at the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan, but was still the record for ATP events until John Isner broke the record in 2016.[5]

On 19 June 2015 Karlović broke the record for most aces in a three-set ATP Tour match during the quarterfinal of 2015 Gerry Weber Open. He served 45 aces in a 7–5, 6–7(8–10), 6–3 win over Tomáš Berdych.[42]

Karlović holds the record for the most aces in tennis history after surpassing Goran Ivanišević in October, 2015. As of January 2019, he has struck 13,060 aces in 662 matches.[43][44]

Personal lifeEdit

During Karlović's childhood, his mother Gordana worked in agriculture, while his father Vlado was a meteorologist.

Karlović married his wife Alsi on 29 March 2005. Their first child, Jada Valentina, was born in September 2011.[45]

One of his favorite activities is playing basketball.

Karlović is known for his humorous Twitter account.

Karlović wears size 51 shoes.[46]

Equipment and apparelEdit

Karlovic currently endorses the Head Graphene Radical Pro, and wears Mizuno clothing.

Early on in his career, Karlović used Head Prestige racquets, until switching to the Head Flexpoint Instinct in 2005. He continued to use the Instinct until 2012, except for a brief switch to the Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex in 2009.

In 2013, after a period of struggling to find a replacement for the Flexpoint Instinct he enjoyed, he finally switched to the Head YouTek IG Radical Pro, and proceeded to endorse the new Graphene Radical in 2014.

Karlović has previously worn apparel by Diadora, My OCK, Adidas, Nike, Li-Ning, Sergio Tacchini and Mizuno, as well as his own brand 6’10".

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (8 titles, 11 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (8–10)
Finals by surface
Hard (4–6)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (3–4)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (7–10)
Indoor (1–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2005 Queen's Club Championships, UK International Grass   Andy Roddick 6–7(7–9), 6–7(4–7)
Loss 0–2 Feb 2007 Pacific Coast Championships, US International Hard   Andy Murray 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Win 1–2 Apr 2007 US Clay Court Championships, US International Clay   Mariano Zabaleta 6–4, 6–1
Win 2–2 Jun 2007 Nottingham Open, UK International Grass   Arnaud Clément 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win 3–2 Oct 2007 Stockholm Open, Sweden International Hard (i)   Thomas Johansson 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
Win 4–2 Jun 2008 Nottingham Open, UK (2) International Grass   Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(10–8)
Loss 4–3 Feb 2010 Delray Beach Open, US 250 Series Hard   Ernests Gulbis 2–6, 3–6
Win 5–3 Jul 2013 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard   Alejandro Falla 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 5–4 Feb 2014 US National Indoor Championships, US 250 Series Hard (i)   Kei Nishikori 4–6, 6–7(0–7)
Loss 5–5 May 2014 Düsseldorf Open, Germany 250 Series Clay   Philipp Kohlschreiber 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 5–6 Jul 2014 Hall of Fame Open, US 250 Series Grass   Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7)
Loss 5–7 Jul 2014 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard   Bernard Tomic 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–7(4–7)
Win 6–7 Feb 2015 Delray Beach Open, US 250 Series Hard   Donald Young 6–3, 6–3
Loss 6–8 Jul 2015 Hall of Fame Open, US 250 Series Grass   Rajeev Ram 6–7(5–7), 7–5, 6–7(2–7)
Win 7–8 Jul 2016 Hall of Fame Open, US 250 Series Grass   Gilles Müller 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–6(14–12)
Loss 7–9 Jul 2016 Washington Open, US 500 Series Hard   Gaël Monfils 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Win 8–9 Aug 2016 Los Cabos Open, Mexico 250 Series Hard   Feliciano López 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Loss 8–10 Jun 2017 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass   Gilles Müller 6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)
Loss 8–11 Jan 2019 Maharashtra Open, India 250 Series Hard   Kevin Anderson 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–7(5–7)

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Feb 2006 US National Indoor Championships, US Intl. Gold Hard (i)   Chris Haggard   James Blake
  Mardy Fish
0–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Loss 1–1 Jul 2007 Indianapolis Championships, US International Hard   Teymuraz Gabashvili   Juan Martín del Potro
  Travis Parrott
6–3, 2–6, [6–10]
Win 2–1 Jun 2015 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass   Łukasz Kubot   Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  Nicolas Mahut
6–2, 7–6(11–9)

ATP Challenger Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 12 (7–5)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Dec 2001 Urbana, United States Hard (i)   Robby Ginepri 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 1–1 Jul 2002 Andorra, Andorra Hard   Dick Norman 4–6, 4–6
Win 2–1 Aug 2003 Binghamton, United States Hard   Nicolas Thomann 7–6(8–6), 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–4)
Win 3–1 Aug 2003 Bronx, United States Hard   Dmitry Tursunov 6–3, 6–3
Win 4–1 Apr 2004 Calabasas, United States Hard   Alex Bogomolov Jr. 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Loss 4–2 Jun 2005 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Daniele Bracciali 7–6(7–0), 6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)
Loss 4–3 Jun 2007 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 5–3 Oct 2011 Sacramento, United States Hard   James Blake 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 6–3 Oct 2011 Tiburon, United States Hard   Sam Querrey 6–7(2–7), 6–1, 6–4
Loss 6–4 Oct 2018 Monterrey, Mexico Hard   David Ferrer 3–6, 4–6
Win 7–4 Oct 2018 Calgary, Canada Hard (i)   Jordan Thompson 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Loss 7–5 Nov 2019 Houston, United States Hard   Marcos Giron 5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(9–11)

Doubles: 3 (0–3)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Dec 1999 Jaipur, India Grass   Yuri Schukin   Tomáš Anzari
  Satoshi Iwabuchi
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 0–2 Jun 2001 Salvador, Brazil Hard   Alejandro Hernández   Adriano Ferreira
  Daniel Melo
6–3, 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 0–3 Dec 2002 Yokohama, Japan Carpet (i)   Mark Nielsen   Lu Yen-hsun
  Danai Udomchoke
6–7(5–7), 3–6

Team competition finalsEdit

Davis Cup: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Date Tournament Surface Partners Opponents Score
Win Dec 2005 Davis Cup, Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Ivan Ljubičić
  Mario Ančić
  Goran Ivanišević
  Dominik Hrbatý
  Karol Kučera
  Michal Mertiňák
3–2
Loss Nov 2016 Davis Cup, Zagreb, Croatia Hard (i)   Marin Čilić
  Ivan Dodig
  Franko Škugor
  Juan Martín del Potro
  Federico Delbonis
  Leonardo Mayer
  Guido Pella
2–3

World Team Cup: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Date Tournament Surface Partners Opponents Score
Win May 2006 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay   Ivan Ljubičić
  Mario Ančić
  Nicolas Kiefer
  Alexander Waske
  Michael Kohlmann
2–1

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Kremlin Cup.

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q3 Q2 A 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 4R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 16 15–16 48%
French Open A A A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 1R 1R A 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 14 8–14 36%
Wimbledon A A Q3 Q2 Q1 3R 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF A 2R 2R A 1R 4R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 15 17–15 53%
US Open A A Q1 Q2 Q1 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R A 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R Q2 1R 0 / 15 13–15 46%
Win–Loss 0-0 0-0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 4–4 1–4 1–4 1–4 4–4 5–4 3–1 3–4 3–4 1–2 3–4 5–4 6–4 3–4 3–3 3–4 0 / 60 53–60 47%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R 2R 2R Q1 3R 3R 2R QF 1R 2R 2R 2R A 2R 1R 4R 0 / 14 13–14 48%
Miami Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R Q1 2R 2R A 3R 1R 1R 0 / 14 4–14 22%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A 1R 1R A 2R 2R A A A A 1R A 1R A A A 0 / 6 2–6 25%
Madrid Open NH A A 1R QF A 3R QF 2R 2R 1R 1R A A 1R 1R 2R A A 0 / 11 10–11 48%
Italian Open A A A A A A 3R Q1 A Q2 3R 2R A 1R Q2 A 2R A 1R A A A 0 / 6 6–6 50%
Canadian Open A A A A Q1 A 1R 1R A 2R A 1R A 3R A Q2 2R 3R 3R A A Q2 0 / 8 8–8 50%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 3R Q1 A 1R SF 2R A 2R A Q2 1R 3R 1R 3R Q2 1R 0 / 10 12–10 55%
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series 1R A A A A 3R 2R 1R 1R A A 0 / 5 3–5 37%
Paris Masters A A A Q1 A Q1 Q1 A A 2R 1R 2R A A A Q1 1R 1R 2R A A A 0 / 6 3–6 33%
German Open A A A A A A A 1R A A 3R Not Masters Series 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0-0 0-0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–6 4–6 1–3 4–5 12–8 6–9 2–3 7–6 1–3 1–1 6–8 5–7 3–7 4–5 0–2 3–3 0 / 82 63–82 43%
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 3R Not Held A Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Davis Cup A A Z2 A QF A 1R W A A PO SF QF 1R QF A A A F A A A 1 / 8 9–10 47%
Win–Loss 0-0 0-0 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 9 11–11 50%
Career statistics
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 1 2 7 25 22 18 24 26 22 9 20 16 14 28 26 24 20 16 15 335
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 8
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 1 4 2 3 1 0 1 19
Hard W–L 0–0 0-0 0-0 0–1 1–1 5–4 6–12 9–11 8–11 29–16 19–15 10–15 15–7 12–14 14–11 13–11 24–18 26–18 20–15 8–12 4–7 9–11 4 / 210 232–210 53%
Clay W–L 0–0 0-0 0-0 0–0 0–2 1–1 5–8 0–6 7–5 5–2 5–8 6–6 2–2 3–4 0–4 0–1 7–6 1–3 4–6 3–4 5–6 1–2 1 / 71 55–76 42%
Grass W–L 0-0 0-0 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 5–3 7–3 0–2 8–2 7–2 7–2 0–0 1–3 2–2 2–1 5–4 11–4 8–3 4–4 2–3 1–2 3 / 46 74–43 63%
Carpet W–L 0-0 0-0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 Discontinued 0 / 8 7–9 44%
Overall Win–Loss 0-0 0-0 2–0 0–1 1–4 9–7 18–26 17–23 17–19 43–21 31–26 23–23 17–9 16–21 16–17 15–13 36–28 38–25 32–24 15–20 11–16 11–15 8 / 335 368–338 52%
Win % - - 100% 0% 20% 56% 41% 43% 47% 67% 54% 50% 61% 43% 48% 54% 56% 60% 57% 43% 41% 42% 52.12%
Year-end ranking 680 525 286 193 201 73 61 70 98 22 26 37 73 56 97 78 27 23 20 80 100 95 $9,832,645

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 3R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R SF 1R 1R A 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 11 10–11
French Open A A A A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A A 1R A 2R A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 6 2–6
Wimbledon A A A A A A A A A 1R 3R A A A A A 2R 2R A A A A A A A 0 / 4 4–4
US Open A A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 2R 1R A A 2R 1R A 1R A A A A A 0 / 7 3–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–4 2–3 3–3 1–2 0–2 1–2 4–1 3–4 1–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 28 19–28
Career statistics
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 12 10 10 9 10 8 5 10 10 4 7 3 1 0 3 0 111
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 3
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 11–12 7–9 16–8 7–9 2–11 5–8 7–5 6–11 10–11 5–4 1–6 3–2 0–1 0–0 4–3 0–0 91–109
Year-end ranking 688 509 373 356 297 411 217 277 278 87 109 66 153 375 176 82 162 140 248 812 277 270 45.5%

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

  • He has a 21–60 (.259) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 4 0 1 0 0 21
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score IK Rank
2003
1.   Lleyton Hewitt 2 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 1R 1–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–3, 6–4 203
2005
2.   Lleyton Hewitt 2 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 7–6(7–4), 6–3 77
3.   Andy Roddick 3 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) 2R 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 7–6(7–3) 86
2006
4.   Nikolay Davydenko 6 Barcelona, Spain Clay 2R 6–7(7–9), 7–5, 6–4 56
2007
5.   James Blake 6 San Jose, United States Hard (i) 2R 6–7(4–7), 7–6(13–11), 6–4 103
6.   Tommy Haas 10 Houston, United States Clay QF 7–6(9–7), 6–4 108
7.   James Blake 8 French Open, Paris, France Clay 1R 4–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5 85
8.   James Blake 7 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 2R 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4 25
2008
9.   Roger Federer 1 Cincinnati, United States Hard 3R 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 7–6(7–5) 22
10.   Novak Djokovic 3 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) 3R 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5) 21
2009
11.   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 9 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 3R 7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–5) 36
12.   Fernando Verdasco 8 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 4R 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 7–6(11–9) 36
2011
13.   David Ferrer 6 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 7–6(7–3), 6–3 239
2013
14.   Tomáš Berdych 7 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 1R 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2) 83
2014
15.   Tomáš Berdych 7 Doha, Qatar Hard 1R 7–6(9–7), 7–6(7–4) 78
16.   Marin Čilić 9 Shanghai, China Hard 1R 7–5, 2–6, 7–6(7–2) 31
2015
17.   Novak Djokovic 1 Doha, Qatar Hard QF 6–7(2–7), 7–6(8–6), 6–4 27
18.   Tomáš Berdych 6 Halle, Germany Grass QF 7–5, 6–7(8–10), 6–3 27
19.   Milos Raonic 10 Montreal, Canada Hard 2R 7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–1) 23
20.   Stan Wawrinka 4 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 1R 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4 23
2017
21.   Marin Čilić 7 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass SF 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 7–6(7–2) 24

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Karlović's record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher, based on ATP head-to-head records.[4]

* Statistics correct as of 4 November 2019.
Player Years Matches Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Carpet
Number 1 ranked players
  Lleyton Hewitt 2003–2014 6 4–2 67% 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–0
  Novak Djokovic 2008–2015 3 2–1 67% 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
  Marat Safin 2004–2007 3 2–1 67% 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Andy Roddick 2005–2009 6 1–5 17% 1–3 0–0 0–2 0–0
  Roger Federer 2004–2015 14 1–13 7% 1–7 0–3 0–3 0–0
  Andre Agassi 2005 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Juan Carlos Ferrero 2005–2008 2 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0
  Carlos Moyá 2004–2008 4 0–4 0% 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–0
  Rafael Nadal 2004–2015 5 0–5 0% 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–1
  Andy Murray 2007–2016 7 0–7 0% 0–4 0–1 0–2 0–0
Number 2 ranked players
  Àlex Corretja 2004 1 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
  Tommy Haas 2004–2009 6 4–2 67% 1–2 3–0 0–0 0–0
Number 3 ranked players
  Ivan Ljubičić 2005–2010 2 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Alexander Zverev 2015 1 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Milos Raonic 2012–2015 2 1–1 50% 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Marin Čilić 2010–2019 7 3–4 43% 2–3 0–1 1–0 0–0
  Grigor Dimitrov 2013–2017 6 2–4 33% 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–0
  Stan Wawrinka 2006–2015 7 2–5 29% 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–0
  David Ferrer 2007–2015 5 1–4 20% 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Juan Martín del Potro 2007–2016 6 1–5 17% 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–0
  Nikolay Davydenko 2005–2012 8 1–7 13% 0–5 1–2 0–0 0–0
  David Nalbandian 2005 2 0–2 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1
Number 4 ranked players
  Thomas Enqvist 2004 1 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Daniil Medvedev 2017 1 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0
  James Blake 2006–2013 9 6–3 67% 4–2 2–1 0–0 0–0
  Jonas Björkman 2006–2008 3 2–1 67% 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0
  Tomáš Berdych 2007–2015 8 5–3 63% 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Robin Söderling 2003–2009 4 2–2 50% 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Sébastien Grosjean 2003–2008 2 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
  Kei Nishikori 2012–2019 5 2–3 40% 2–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Greg Rusedski 2004–2006 5 2–3 40% 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–2
  Nicolas Kiefer 2003–2008 5 1–4 20% 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–0
  Tim Henman 2004 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Todd Martin 2004 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Dominic Thiem 2019 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 5 ranked players
  Tommy Robredo 2004–2018 4 4–0 100% 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–0
  Fernando González 2005–2011 3 3–0 100% 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0
  Rainer Schüttler 2006–2009 2 2–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2009–2017 4 3–1 75% 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0
  Stefanos Tsitsipas 2017 2 1–1 50% 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
  Kevin Anderson 2011–2019 5 1–4 20% 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0
  Gastón Gaudio 2002 1 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Number 6 ranked players
  Gilles Simon 2007–2015 4 3–1 75% 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Nicolás Lapentti 2008–2010 2 1–1 50% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
  Gaël Monfils 2008–2016 6 2–4 33% 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–0
  Karol Kučera 2004 1 0–1 0% 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Number 7 ranked players
  Mardy Fish 2004–2010 6 5–1 83% 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Thomas Johansson 2005–2007 4 3–1 75% 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Fernando Verdasco 2006–2017 7 3–4 43% 1–3 0–1 2–0 0–0
  Mario Ančić 2003–2009 3 1–2 33% 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Richard Gasquet 2005–2015 6 1–5 17% 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–0
  David Goffin 2017 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 8 ranked players
  Karen Khachanov 2013–2017 3 3–0 100% 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Jack Sock 2013–2016 5 4–1 80% 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–0
  Janko Tipsarević 2011–2016 3 2–1 67% 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  John Isner 2008–2014 5 3–2 60% 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–0
  Radek Štěpánek 2004–2015 7 3–4 43% 3–0 0–3 0–0 0–1
  Marcos Baghdatis 2008–2016 5 2–3 40% 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0
  Jürgen Melzer 2004–2014 6 2–4 33% 2–3 0–0 0–1 0–0
  Mikhail Youzhny 2008–2018 6 2–4 33% 0–3 0–0 2–1 0–0
  Guillermo Cañas 2002 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Number 9 ranked players
  Fabio Fognini 2010 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Nicolás Massú 2007 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Roberto Bautista Agut 2017–2018 2 1–1 50% 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
  Paradorn Srichaphan 2004–2006 2 1–1 50% 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
  Marc Rosset 2001 1 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Nicolás Almagro 2005–2011 3 0–3 0% 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0
Number 10 ranked players
  Pablo Carreño Busta 2014 1 1–0 100% 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
  Félix Mantilla 2003 1 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Juan Mónaco 2011–2016 3 2–1 67% 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
  Arnaud Clément 2004–2007 6 3–3 50% 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–0
  Ernests Gulbis 2010–2019 4 1–3 25% 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0
  Lucas Pouille 2014–2016 2 0–2 0% 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0
Total 2001–2019 279 118–161 42% 70–102
41%
16–37
30%
30–16
65%
2–6
25%

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External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
  Andy Roddick
Fastest serve world record holder
6 March 2011 – 12 May 2012
Succeeded by
  Samuel Groth