World number 24 Ivo Karlovic wishes he had chosen to play the backhand shot with two hands instead of one. The 211-centimeter tall Croatian often improvises by using the slice shot when a player sends the ball to his backhand side.
There are no much secrets in the game of the 38-year-old as his game features a lot of heavy serves, slices, and volleys on the net.
''I should have learned how to play a two-handed backhand when I was younger,'' Karlovic told David Avakian. ''Players over 1.90 meters rarely have a single handed backhand.
''I could have been way more aggressive with my return from that wing. I don't see how would I lose a match with a good two-handed backhand. Ever.
''I tried to change (it) three years ago, but it was too late.''
Though 38 years old, the 24th-ranked player still successfully keeps up with the younger ones on the tour.
Karlovic, who prefers hard and grass over clay as it suits better his game-style, ended runner-up at last week's Ricoh Open final at s'Hertogenbosch. He lost to veteran Gilles Muller on the grass of s'Hertogenbosch on Sunday, in what was a rematch of last year's Newport final. Back then, Karlovic escaped with a narrow three-set win to claim the title at the American grass-court event. Muller got his revenge a year later, on the same surface.
Karlovic could very well have a couple of more seasons at the professional level as he doesn't seem to be calling it a career anytime soon.