Tennis - Big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic says he has been watching a lot of old clips of Stefan Edberg in recent months and the same has helped him a lot in his recent matches. The tall Croatian was speaking after going down in the final of the ATP Tata Open in Pune to South African Kevin Anderson where he became the oldest player since Ken Rosewall to reach the final of an ATP Tour event.
Speaking to the Scroll, Karlovic says, "When I was young, I used to watch Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and everyone was always doing it so this is what I know and like to do. In the recent years I didn’t really have anybody to watch because nobody is doing that so right now in the last two months, I was on YouTube a lot, watching old clips of Edberg and it really helped.
In the 80s, 90s when I was young and growing up and watching the old guys, everybody was on the net always and that is what I liked. It’s what I grew up on and throughout my career. Obviously now it is a lot more physical game so not a lot are doing it or even able to go on the net.” Being the oldest player in the Top 100 (he turns 40 in February), Karlovic says he misses the players who grew up on the tour with him.
"Everyone that was with me are gone! I know those guys who are a little bit older… it is easier to communicate. Overall everyone is really nice, so it easy. I am usually hanging out with the Croatians and all of players from ex-Yugoslavia, because of the language as well.
I am happy to be the oldest… I am still here, still doing what I love to do and winning so hopefully that can keep on going. I want to be the oldest one ever in the top 100, I don’t know how much longer I have to be there.
And to have fun and try to be healthy." Karlovic has climbed to No. 69 in the rankings with his efforts in Pune and is entering his 20th year on the tour as a professional. His career-best ranking is No. 14 in the world which he achieved in 2008.