NEW YORK: Ivo Karlovic served his way into the US Open record books on Tuesday when he fired 61 aces in his 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan.
Karlovic, 37, beat the previous best of 49 aces for one match in New York served up by Richard Krajicek in his quarter-final loss to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999.
His achievement sparked an immediate stream of Twitter reaction.
“@ivokarlovic dude 61 WTF,” tweeted Australian star Nick Kyrgios.
Karlovic replied, tongue in cheek: “Yeah got some shoulder issues!”
The giant Croatian already holds the career record for aces having last year passed the previous all time mark of 10,237 held by Goran Ivanisevic.