Ivo Karlovic-Oldest Man to win a match at the French Open 2019 for 46 years
30, May 2019
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- Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the French Open 2019 for 46 years on 28 May. He beat Spain’s fellow veteran Feliciano Lopez in a first-round duel.
- Forty-year-old Ivo Karlovic became the oldest player to win a match at Roland Garros and defeated 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez to secure 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-7(7), 7-5 in three hours and six minutes to reach the second round at the clay-court Grand Slam for the sixth time.
- This was the oldest men’s match in combined age at Roland Garros during the Open Era, and the seventh-oldest match at a Grand Slam. Karlovic hit 35 aces and saved five of the six break points he faced to win his first match since Indian Wells.
- Karlovic became the oldest man to win at Roland Garros since Torben Ulrich in 1973 at the age of 44.
- He is also the oldest male player to win a Grand Slam match since Ken Rosewall, also 44, did so at the 1978 Australian Open.
- The last player to contest a Grand Slam singles match having turned 40 was American Jimmy Connors at the U.S. Open in 1992