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Karlovic hits record 44 aces in Zagreb

Croatian tennis veteran Ivo Karlovic, who is mainly known for his excellent serve and his activity on social networks, tied Mark Philippoussis's record for the number of aces hit in a best-of-three sets match, hitting 44 aces during his 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win over Daniel Brands in Zagreb. Australian Philippoussis had set the mark by delivering 44 aces in his match against Byron Black in Kuala Lumpur in 1995.

Karlovic surpassed his personal-best 38 aces in a three-set match, hit in a match against Tomas Berdych in Basel in 2007. He has also served 78 aces in a match against Radek Stepanek in the Davis Cup semifinals in 2009 and holds the third position for most aces hit in a best-of-five sets match.

Croatian giant also leads the ATP World Tour with eight career matches with 40 or more aces.

This match between Ivo Karlovic and Daniel Brands was also interesting because Karlovic lost just one point on his own serve during the first set, winning 28 out of 29 points but still lost the set in a tie-breaker! In other words Daniel Brands won just one point on return during the whole set but still managed to take the set - another entry in the record books. Something similar was also achieved by Roger Federer, who won 24 out of 24 points on his own serve before the tie-break in his fourth round match against Tommy Haas at the 2009 French Open, only to lose the set 4-7 in that tie-break.

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