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Ivo Karlović
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Karlović at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
Country  Croatia
Residence Zagreb, Croatia
Miami, Florida, United States
Born 28 February 1979 (1979-02-28) (age 40)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$8,911,844
Official website ivo-karlovic.com

Ivo Karlović born 28 February 1979, 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 one of the tallest professional tennis players in history.

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 by Samuel Groth in 2012.

He is considered the best server on tour, holding the all-time record for career aces with 12,479 – and is one of only three players in history to surpass 10,000 aces. His height enables him to serve with high speed and accuracy.

Karlović is the oldest player ranked in the top 100 by the ATP (as of July 2017). He has a 2–1 winning record against former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Serving records

On 18 September 2009, Karlović hit 78 aces (77 aces on 1st serve) in a Davis Cup match. Only once in his ATP career has he failed to hit an ace during a match.

In 2007 Karlović became the fourth player to serve 1,000 aces in a season. He finished the year with 1,318 aces In 2015 he became the third player to serve 9,000 career aces, and the second to notch 10,000 aces.

Karlović's fastest official serve is 156 miles per hour (251 km/h). His previous record was 153 miles per hour (246 km/h). This is the third-fastest first serve on record. He also hit a 144 miles per hour (232 km/h) second serve, which is the fastest second serve on record.

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. Karlović holds the record for the most aces in tennis history in October, 2015. As of January 2018, he has struck 12,428 aces in 633 matches.

Personal life

During Karlović's childhood, his mother Gordana worked in agriculture, while his father Vlado was a meteorologist. He married his wife Alsi on 29 March 2005 and their first child, Jada Valentina, was born in September 2011. One of his favorite activities is playing basketball. He is also known for his humorous Twitter account. Karlović wears size 51 shoes.

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