Tennis: 37-year-old sets US Open ace record

Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, serves to Yen-Hsun Lu, of Taipei, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Photo / AP
Ivo Karlovic, of Croatia, serves to Yen-Hsun Lu, of Taipei, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Photo / AP

Ivo Karlovic set a US Open record on Tuesday when he banged down 61 aces on his way to a first round victory over Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu.

The 37-year-old Croat, who has served the most aces in ATP Tour history with well over 11,000, hit 22 in the second set alone as he outgunned Lu 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 .

Tuesday's total beats the previous record of 49 set by Dutchman, Richard Krajicek, in the quarter-finals in 1999.

"I knew there were a lot of aces because at one stage I was serving one on almost every point but I didn't know it was a record," Karlovic said.

Only 10 of the aces came in the final set but Karlovic broke to win the match.

"I'm getting old," he joked.

"I have to work a bit more on my serve, I guess."

- AAP

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