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 Tytuł: Ivo Karlović
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Obrazek IVO KARLOVIĆ

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Data urodzenia: 28 lutego 1979
Miejsce urodzenia: Zagrzeb, Chorwacja
Narodowość: Chorwacja
Miejsce zamieszkania: Zagrzeb
Wzrost: 208 cm
Masa ciała: 104 kg
Gra: praworęczna, jednoręczny backhand
Status profesjonalny: od 2000 roku


Oficjalna strona: http://www.ivo-karlovic.com

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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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Tytuły w singlu: 4

2008: (1) Nottingham
2007: (3) Houston, Nottingham, Sztokholm

Finały w singlu : 3

2010: (1) Delrey Beach
2007: (1) San Jose
2005: (1) Queens Club

Tytuły w deblu: 1

2006: (1) Memphis (w/Chris Haggard)

Finały w deblu: 1

2007: (1) Indianapolis (w/Teimuraz Gabaszwili)

Puchar Davisa: 10 zwycięstw, 10 porażek

Najwyższy ranking w karierze: 14 (10 kwietnia 2006)

Najlepsze występy w Wielkim Szlemie:

Australia Open: 4R (2010)
Roland Garros: 2R (2006, 2007)
Wimbledon: QF (2009)
Us Open: 3R (2003, 2008)

Stosunek meczów wygranych do przegranych: 192-178 (22.08.2011)

Łączna suma zarobionych pieniędzy na kortach: $4,021,238 (22.08.2011)

Aktualny Ranking: 93 (22.08.2011)


Inne: Rekordzista świata pod względem prędkości serwisu - 251 km/h

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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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PostZamieszczono: 23 sie 2011, 18:35 
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#1): Houston 2007:


R32 Benjamin Becker (GER) 7-5, 7-6(3)
R16 Diego Hartfield (ARG) W/O
Q Tommy Haas (GER) 7-6(7), 6-4
S Albert Montanes (SPA) 7-6(5), 6-2
F Mariano Zabaleta (ARG) 6-4, 6-1

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#2): Nottingham 2007:


R32 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 6/2, 7/6 (3)
R16 Gilles Simon (FRA) 7/6 (4), 6/7 (4), 6/4
Q Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 7/6 (10), 7/5
S Dmitrij Tursunow (RUS) 7/5, 6/4
F Arnaud Clément (FRA) 3/6, 6/4, 6/4

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#3): Sztokcholm 2007:

R32 Nicola Massu (CHIL) 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 6-4
R16 Joachim Johansson (SWE) W/O
Q Arnaud Clement (FRA) 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(7)
S Tommy Haas (GER) 6-4, 6-3
F Thomas Johansson (SWE) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

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#4): Nottingham 2008:


R32 Jonas Björkman (SWE) 6/3, 6/4
R16 Sam Querrey (USA) 7/6, 7/6
Q Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6/3, 3/6, 6/4
S Gaël Monfils (FRA) 7/6, 7/6
F Fernando Verdasco (SPA) 7/5, 6/7 (4), 7/6 (8)

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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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PostZamieszczono: 23 sie 2011, 18:41 
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Karlovic Successfully Defends His Title Indoors


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Fourth seed Ivo Karlovic successfully defended his title at The Slazenger Open, saving one match point as he fought to a close 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(8) victory against third seed Fernando Verdasco in Nottingham on Saturday.

Due to wet weather throughout the day in Nottingham, tournament organizers were forced to move both the singles and doubles finals indoors at the City of Nottingham Tennis Centre, making Karlovic the second player to win the title indoors after Greg Rusedski’s triumph in 1997.

With winning his first ATP singles title of the year, the 29-year-old Karlovic now takes his career total to four titles. He reached his first final at Queen’s Club in 2005 (l. to Roddick) before capturing three titles last season, most recently in Stockholm (d. T. Johansson).

The Croatian now has a 12-1 lifetime record in Nottingham and has won 10 straight matches there, having won the title for the first time last year, defeating Arnaud Clement in the final.

World No. 22 Karlovic broke serve at the end of the first set to claim it 7-5, before Verdasco went on to level the match in a second set tie-break. Breaks were exchanged in the third set, before it ultimately went to a deciding tie-break. Karlovic was forced to save a match point on his own serve at 6-7 in the tie-break, before going on to close out his second victory over Verdasco after 2 hr., 22 min.

Throughout the match, the 6’10’’ Karlovic served 29 aces, taking his total for the week to 101 aces in five matches, and his season tally to a circuit-best 548.

“I was preparing for this week, so I'm really pleased that I won here,” said Karlovic. “I would like to congratulate Fernando for an excellent week. It was a little bit weird because it was indoors. Normally you expect in the final the biggest crowds, so it was a little bit unusual, but I'm happy that I won. It was really difficult, he was playing really well and in the end it was all about one or two points. It was a close match.”

“Tennis is like this,” said Verdasco. “I know that if he had hit a double fault or I had made a lucky return in the tie-break the match was mine. But I was unlucky today. I try my best all the time, I tried everything and only by one point did he beat me.”

Zagreb resident Karlovic now improves to 19-15 for the season. He began his grass court campaign last week at Queen’s Club, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to No. 2 Rafael Nadal in three tie-break sets. Earlier in the season he enjoyed a semifinal finish at Rotterdam (l. to Llodra). His grass court record now stands at 31-14.

The 24-year-old Verdasco, who was contesting his fifth ATP final (1-4 record), was bidding to become the third Spaniard in two weeks to win a grass court title, joining Nadal (Queen’s Club champion) and David Ferrer (‘s-Hertogenbosch champion).

World No. 21 Verdasco, who captured his only ATP singles title at 2004 Valencia (d. Montanes), was making his debut in Nottingham this week. His previous best results on grass were quarterfinal finishes at Halle and ‘s-Hertogenbosch four years ago.

The Valencia and Masters Series Hamburg quarterfinalist now slips to 22-15 for the season, and to an 18-12 lifetime record on grass.

Champion Karlovic receives 175 South African Airways ATP Ranking points and €59,100, while runner-up Verdasco earns 120 points and €31,000.

Źródło: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis ... final.aspx

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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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PostZamieszczono: 23 sie 2011, 18:43 
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The Man No-One Wants To Face

On his way through to the fourth round at Wimbledon, Ivo Karlovic has fired down 102 aces and not been broken once in 56 service games. It’s no wonder he is the man that no-one wants to come up against in the second week of The Championships.

The 6’10’’ Croatian has blasted aside all who stood in his way in his first three matches at SW19, carrying in the fine grass-court form he showed at The Queen’s Club a week earlier – where he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Roddick).

The 30 year old has compiled staggering statistics since the beginning of the grass-court season, serving 208 aces overall and holding 105 consecutive service games – including saving all 16 break points he has faced.

World No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was Karlovic’s latest victim, facing 46 aces as he fell to the towering Croat in four sets in the third round on Friday. Afterwards, the Frenchman declared it was the best serve he had ever faced, but lamented: “I didn't play, so... I don't have to be happy or not. I don't play, that's it. You cannot do nothing (against his serve).”

Karlovic is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon, indeed at any Grand Slam, for just the second time in his career. The Croat first made his mark on the world stage at Wimbledon in 2003 when he stunned defending champion and World No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt on Centre Court in the first round before a year later reaching the round of 16, where he lost to Roger Federer.

Lying between Karlovic and a place in his first major quarter-final is the No. 8-ranked Fernando Verdasco, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January where he played in arguably one of the best matches of the year against Rafael Nadal. Karlovic takes a 2-1 career lead into the clash and most recently beat the Spaniard on grass in the Nottingham final last year, sending down 29 aces as he prevailed in a third-set tie-break.

“He was also playing well here, so it is going to be difficult match,” commented Karlovic. “But with my serve, I feel okay. And hopefully I'm going to play as well (as against Tsonga) that match.”

In answering his critics who say that all he can do is serve, the Croat – who could potentially meet Roger Federer in the quarter-finals - cheekily responded: “Actua

Źródło: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis ... eview.aspx

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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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PostZamieszczono: 23 sie 2011, 18:50 
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Catching Up with Ivo Karlovic (Part 1)



Catching Up with Ivo Karlovic (Part 2)


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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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Tennis Now Interview - Ivo Karlovic at Houston Clay Courts


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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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Ivo Karlovic - Fastest Serve Ever World Record


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Tytuły (12):
2018: Doha, Pekin
2017: Szanghaj, Bazylea
2016: Queen's Club, Atlanta
2014: Pekin
2013: Montpellier, Atlanta
2012: Kuala Lumpur, Szanghaj, Bazylea

Finały (17):
2018: Dubaj, Umag
2017: Sofia, Barcelona, s-Hertogenbosch', Wimbledon
2016: Genewa, s-Hertogenbosch
2013: Barcelona, Madryt, Paryż - Bercy
2012: Dubaj, Estoril, Madryt, Rzym, Nicea
2011: Los Angeles

Gra podwójna:

Tytuły (4): Wimbledon’13, Australian Open’15, Roland Garros’15, Us Open'17
Finały (3): Us Open’15, Wimbledon’16, US Open'18


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Ivo Karlović rozegrał najwięcej pojedynków, których końcowy rezultat składał się wyłączenie z TB. Ostatnio Chorwat takiej sztuki dokonał w Kanadzie, kiedy to pokonał Phillipa Petzschnera 6-7(0), 7-6(2), 7-6(6). Dr. Ivo ma na koncie 15 takich meczów, podczas, gdy drugi na liście Greg Rusedski 'tylko' 9.

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Ivo Karlović - 16 - 10-6
Greg Rusedski - 9 - 7-2
Andy Roddick - 7 - 5-2
Wayne Arthurs - 7 - 1-6
Roger Federer - 6 - 5-1
Kenneth Carlsen - 6 - 3-3
Yevgeny Kafelnikov - 5 - 5-0
Ivan Ljubicić - 5 - 4-1
Kevin Curren - 5 - 3-2
Marc Rosset - 5 - 3-2
John Isner - 5 - 2-3
Jan Siemerink - 5 - 1-4


http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis ... tches.aspx

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MTT - tytuły (17)
2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (21)
2018 (3) Sankt Petersburg, Stuttgart, Marsylia
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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Coraz większą furorę robi na twitterze Dr. Oto kilka jego wpisów. Ten rodzaj poczucia humoru bardzo mi odpowiada. ;)

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In couple of years I'll become clay court specialist. Because that will be the fastest surface.


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I remember practicing with Rafa in Franch Open '05 & thinking 2 myself:this guy plays good.He might reach Q or semis one day. I was right..


Ten drugi jest miażdżący. :D

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (21)
2018 (3) Sankt Petersburg, Stuttgart, Marsylia
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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Ivo, what was your halloween costume?
Oliver Rochus

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I can cry like Roger, just a shame I can't play like him. AM


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Biofile with Ivo Karlovic

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http://thebiofile.com/2010/02/biofile-w ... -karlovic/


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2011 w liczbach

Ranking: 56
Bilans meczów: 16-21
Tytuły: 0
Finały: 0
Zarobki: $459,494

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MTT - tytuły (17)
2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (21)
2018 (3) Sankt Petersburg, Stuttgart, Marsylia
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO IVO
DEUCE Australian Open 2012

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Ivo Karlovic hit 632 aces in 37 matches last year according to RICOH ATP MatchFacts.

At 6' 10", Ivo Karlovic is the tallest player on the ATP World Tour. Yet he's made an art form of communicating in the shortest of short-form mediums, Twitter, showcasing his dry wit and, at times, his darkest hours through social networking.

Ivo Karlovic saunters onto the mound at Cardines Field, home to a north-eastern American collegiate baseball team, the Newport Gulls. On this day there seems to be more people throwing out first pitches than there are in the stands. Not surprisingly, there is an eclectic mix of pitches thrown: high and tight, outside, in the dirt… and they were the good ones.

Mercifully, Karlovic steps up to show the cavalcade of pitchers how it should be done. Looking relaxed in blue jeans and black tee, he winds up his 6' 10" frame and unleashes a laser that hones in on the catcher's glove, hitting it with a thud. The smattering of fans erupt in a dull roar as Karlovic leaves the mound with an understated wave and a contented smile that says 'That wasn’t bad'.

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Should Karlovic, who was in town for the Campbell's Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships, have expected any different? The man with perhaps the best-placed serve in men's tennis should be able to hit a glove from 60 feet, six inches, right? After all, he's made a career from making short, sharp statements, normally delivered in the form of double-digit ace counts – often in the first set alone.

Affectionately nicknamed 'Dr. Ivo', after the Austin Powers character Dr. Evil, Karlovic is concise off the court, too. The tallest man on the ATP World Tour, @ivokarlovic has this year emerged as one of the most entertaining players to follow on Twitter, the short-form social media phenomenon. The Croat has developed a cult following with his dry wit and introspection. Consider, if you will, these gems from 2011.

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"It is like alcoholism: You are never cured."

First day of practice in Cincinnati.. Some grandpa asked me 'Who are you?' I answered 'Nobody'. He said 'Ah ok' and left.

Some guy on the street just asked me where he can buy weed!! Maybe I should shave.

You can't expect to be a tennis player and have no strings attached.

I remember practicing with Rafa in French Open '05 & thinking 2 myself: this guy plays good. He might reach Q or semis one day. I was right.

#worstpickuplines Come watch me serve


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Having battled a stammer most of his life, Karlovic has found solace in the ease and familiarity of the medium. He finds communicating to his 23,000 Twitter followers much less intimidating than fronting 100 or so media members in the Wimbledon interview room, as he did after his first-round upset of defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in 2003.


During one of many flights last year, Karlovic was an interested viewer of The King's Speech, the tale of King George VI's battle to overcome his speech impediment. The movie, which won four Academy awards, held particular poignancy for the man whom has walked many a mile in the King's shoes.

"It wasn't an emotional experience for me, but I liked the movie because it portrayed how it really is for anybody who has that problem," Karlovic said. "The movie helped people, who don't know anything about it, to see how it really is for us. Growing up people are not educated enough about it. I already knew the [remedial] techniques as I went to a speech therapist a few times. It is something you have to work on every day. It’s not something you can overcome overnight. It is a long process. It is like alcoholism: you are never cured; you always have to think about it."

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"That night I questioned whether tennis was for me."

Another movie that resonated with Karlovic was The Pursuit Of Happyness, the 2006 biographical drama based on American Chris Gardner's struggle with homelessness before he went on to become a successful stock broker. The scene that hit home the hardest was that of Gardner, played by Will Smith, sheltering in a subway bathroom with his young son. Karlovic, who had rarely spoken of finding himself in a similar situation early in his career, dropped this cryptic tweet last year.

Just watched Pursuit of Happyness for the first time. Had a deja vu when I saw the subway toilet scene.

In his early 20s, Karlovic spent a harrowing winter's night on the streets in France when he couldn’t afford a hotel room during a stretch of ITF Futures events. One night, without any better options, Karlovic sought shelter in a public bathroom. "I don't remember the city, because I played many Futures in a row. A sponsor promised me he would send me money because I didn’t have enough, but he never did. It was a cold night and I didn't have anything, so I had to sleep for an hour or so [in a public bathroom]. It was like the scene from the movie. That night I questioned whether tennis was for me. But I always believed that one day it would be better."

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Career prize money of more than $4 million has kept Karlovic, a four-time titlist on the ATP World Tour, off the streets for many years now. He reached a career-high South African Airways ATP Ranking of No. 14 in August 2008, shortly after he defeated then World No. 1 Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Although his backcourt game has improved markedly later in his career, the foundation of Karlovic's success is rooted in his serve, one of the nastiest weapons ever unleashed on the return game, triangulating a trio of advantages: unrivaled contact-point height, wicked placement and raw speed. Karlovic is credited with the fastest serve ever recorded (156 mph) and at one time held the record for most aces in a match (78) before John Isner and Nicolas Mahut made a mockery of all ace tallies that had come before their 2010 Wimbledon epic.

How good is the Karlovic serve? He leads the RICOH ATP MatchFacts career list of service games won. Throughout his career Karlovic has won 91 per cent of his service games, bettering the clips of all the No. 1s, including Sampras, Federer and Becker, and the super servers Roddick, Ivanisevic and Krajicek. On the flip side, he sits alone at the bottom of the list of return games won, with a conversion rate of just nine per cent.

How tough is he to break? Of the 25 sets Karlovic has played against Federer, more than half (13) have gone to tie-breaks. In six career meetings against the Croat, Mardy Fish has earned a grand total of five service breaks and has a 1-5 career record against the giant. Little wonder that Fish tells DEUCE that Karlovic is one player he never wants to see on the other side of the net. "Karlovic takes the racquet out of your hand completely; you feel very uncomfortable on the court," Fish says. "You don't play your best tennis and [he] keeps you out of your rhythm for sure."

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Karlovic certainly took then World No. 1 Rafael Nadal out of his comfort zone last year in the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals at Indian Wells. Watching from the stands, new tournament owner Larry Ellison grew paler with each point of the third set as the match pulsated towards a decisive tie-break. Karlovic came within two points of bundling out the event's biggest draw card in front of a near-capacity crowd, saving two match points before falling 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(7). "His serve was unstoppable," Nadal said after the match. "In the tie-break I was really nervous."

As Karlovic gets set for his 13th year on tour, he’ll be hoping to recapture the form he showed in 2010, when he raced to a 17-9 start on the year through Madrid before undergoing surgery on his heel. (A surgeon removed a small part of bone that was cutting into the Achilles. "I was playing with pain for six months," Karlovic said.) Last season's 16-21 record was his first negative return in six years.

Karlovic will turn 33 next month, but given his low-impact playing style – often it's one-and-done points – there's no reason he can't continue for two or three more seasons if his form holds. Karlovic remains ever-mindful that he is a late bloomer - a product of his unconventional development in Croatia – and is determined to squeeze as many seasons from his body as possible.

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"I would still be serving after dark. People would tell me, 'It's late, you must go.'"

In his early teens Karlovic was forced to wait until very late in the day before he could get court time and then would serve for hours at a time, continuing until well after dark. The tradeoff – to put it kindly – was that his groundstrokes didn't improve at the same clip as his serve. "Weeks would go by when all I would do was serve. But it was probably only for one year that it was hard for me to hit with anybody else. Mostly I would practise at a club and hit with other kids every other day.

"I was 14, 15 and in the evening I would wait till the courts would be empty and I would get my balls and serve for hours. I would still be serving after dark. People would tell me, 'It's late, you must go.' I liked it because if you don't see, it looks faster"

No-one is telling Karlovic it is time to go anymore, whether it be into retirement or in another direction with his Twitter material. But when the time does come, Karlovic may find the answer to the question he posed rhetorically to the Twittersphere: Can I unfollow myself?

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