South African tennis player Kevin Anderson poses with the trophy after winning the men's single final match for the Tata Open Maharashtra ATP tennis tournament at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on 5 January, 2019.
Kevin Anderson prevailed in the big serving duel despite the 39-year-old Karlovic, the oldest ATP finalist in more than four decades, hitting 36 aces.
South African Kevin Anderson beat Croatian Ivo Karlovic in a thrilling three-set final at the 2019 edition of the Pune Open final in Maharashtra.
Standing 2.11 meters (6 feet 11 inches) tall, Karlovic defeated Darcis of Belgium 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the first semi-final of the Indian tournament.
In the final he meets the victor of the match between Kevin Anderson (South Africa) and Gilles Simon (France). What you are doing is truly inspirational.
"I really wanted to go one step further than a year ago. If I can keep all those ingredients going, I feel I can continue to play better and better tennis", Anderson said.
Anderson beat world number two Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 en route to the final against Djokovic.
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The 29-year-old gave his French opponent no chance as he put on a commanding all court display to advance to the final for the second time in three years.
"It was unlucky but I would like to congratulate Kevin for an unbelievable a year ago and this week also", Karlovic said in praise of his top-seeded opponent.
Interesting stats: In 4 matches, Anderson played 6 tiebreaks on 9 sets.
It will be first final for the tall 39-year-old Croat, one of the oldest on the Tour, in more than two years.
The third was a grind as both men mostly employed serve & volley tactics as the match was kept on serve as there was a number of aces and service winners, and the final headed to a deciding third set tie-break to crown a champion.
Sabalenka lost the first set to her American opponent, before coming back to win the match 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. Karlovic receives 150 ATP Ranking points and collects $49 205.